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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Mining an option on customary land

Attorney General Chris Finlayson says iwi who prove their customary title over foreshore or seabed may be able to mine the area.

He says the title would include mining rights, subject to the Resource Management Act and the Crown Minerals Act, which gives the Crown ownership of gold, silver, uranium and petroleum.

“If that's what their wish was and if they complied with the Crown Minerals Act. I mean you bring them into the current legislative regime,” Mr Finlayson says.

The Government still intends to have a replacement Foreshore and Seabed Act in place by the end of the year.


Associate social development minister Tariana Turia is calling on employers to step up and hire young Maori.

Mrs Turia says she is worried about the large numbers of jobless rangatahi in areas such as Northland where two thirds of Maori under 25 are out of work.

She says inter-generational unemployment is not healthy for the community, whanau or the country at large.

“I'm very worried about it because despite the 90 day bill and the whole notion that employers would give particularly young people a go, it simply has not happened. Now we need employers to step up to the plate. They get enough subsidy, they need to step up to the plate and give there people a go,” Mrs Turia says.

She says Community Max was a good start, but there has not been enough transition from short term work schemes through to permanent jobs.


The chief executive of the Maori language commission, Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori, says this year's Huia Te Reo national Maori language conference will be a chance for some long term planning on language revitalisation.

Glenis Philip-Barbara says the hui in October at the Rotorua Energy Events Centre will include the annual awards for initiatives which have raised awareness of te reo, an expo where people can showcase their resources or projects, and a symposium.

“The symposium gives us the opportunity to get together as Maori language activists from around the motu to talk about our strategies and approaches, and the awards are about honouring and acknowledging the huge effort that people made around te wiki o te reo Maori,” Mrs Philip-Barbara says.

The closing date for award entries has been extended to August 20, and there are new categories, including an award for innovative use of information technology and Telecommunications.


Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia says the party is still concerned about the shape of the revised Foreshore and Seabed Act.

Ngai Tahu chair and Iwi Leaders’ Group spokesperson Mark Solomon has claimed the bar for claiming customary title is being set too high for many iwi to benefit.

Mrs Turia says lawmakers have always found it hard to acknowledge Maori rights.

“We are concerned. We have sent a number of changes back to the minister. We are still in discussions with him. The concern for me is that what we are seeing is that it doesn’t really matter who the government is, when it comes to Maori title and Maori rights, they do appear to be lesser,” she says.


A Ngai te Rangi artist and tatooist says the role of the artist in ta moko has been overlooked.

Ohope-based Julie Paama Pengally has penned an award-winning overview of Maori art and design, and she's now completing doctoral studies at Massey University on traditional tattooing.

She wants to fill in some gaps left by previous publications which focused on designs and supposed tribal markers.

“It's kind of looking at the role of the artist through history and past studies of moko practice haven’t taken into account the role the artist plays and individual artistic ability and exploration,” Ms Pengally says.


The Maori Party's Waikato Hauraki candidate says Nanaia Mahuta's days as the electorate MP are numbered.

Tauhuia Bruce Mataki from Ngati Kauwhata and Ngati Kahungunu won the nomination ahead of Hemi Rau and Pia Searanke, after a series of hui around the electorate.

The former career soldier says many traditional Labour Party supporters have thrown their weight behind his party, and he'll be telling voters they have the chance for a double play.

“My platform would be that there’s the possibility of having two Maori for the price of one going against the candidate vote and I don’t even think she needs the party vote because she’s so high up the list for Labour, so you could have two Maori in one electorate which would be a big plus,” Mr Mataki says.


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