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Friday, September 24, 2010

Bridge generation passing

Former Maori Affairs Minister Parekura Horomia says the deaths of three great rangatira is a reminder to those remaining that a significant generational shift in leadership is happening.

Mr Horomia says Sir Archie Taiaroa from Te Atihaunui a Paparangi, Jim Nicholls from Hauraki and Darcy Ria from Rongowhakaata can be seen as a members of a bridge generation.

“You know they're that bridged the real old people and moving into the new. Too many tangi, getting hoha with them. But it is a thing where we really sharpen our focus, get more strategically attuned, and make sure that we cater for the new and make sure it’s imbued with the tikanga or the passion that people like Archie always maintained,” Mr Horomia says.

Sir Archie Taiaroa's funeral is at 10 tomorrow at Taumarunui.


Students from Te Hapua School are being given counseling for the shock and grief they felt from being among the first on the scene of a massive pilot whale stranding at Spirits Bay.

Teacher Te Aroha Wihapi says the nine 13 and 14 years olds were keen to help when they heard there had been a stranding on Wednesday, but they didn't expected to see the pod of 72 whales lining the beach for a couple of kilometers.

She says the community is proud of the way the rangatahi pitched in and helped.

“It's a real despair to see what has gone on and from a Maori perspective iut will be something we would like to look at, that once our whales has passed there was a wairua feeling to do karakia about it,” Mrs Wihapi says.

Several students returned yesteday with their whanau to continue helping in the rescue, which is being co-ordinated by DOC.


The designer of an on-line training programme to encourage young people to become alcohol and drug addiction workers is thrilled at its success.

Rawiri McKinney says most addiction clinicians are in the older age group, so he designed the Mana Arahi programme for university entrance level.

He says it's getting a positive response from everyone in the sector.

“We’ve already got a huge response from students wanting enroll this year, probably 100 actually, and this is great, because obviously young people engage better with young people. We’ve got the issue with young people using drugs and who better to engage with them than people of a similar age,” Mr McKinney says.

Students who do Mana Arahi can go on to get university scholarships from the Matuaraki national addiction workforce development programme.


The Manu Korero competitions are over for another year, with the best young Maori orators in Maori and English found from around the motu.

Organising committee member Komene Cassidy says it was a huge fillip for Maori students in Dunedin to be able to host the event.

The junior English trophy went to Ivana Schinkel from Hawkes Bay, while Kaharau Keogh from Nga taiatea Kuru in Waikato was the standout performer in the Rawhiti Ihaka junior Maori section.

He says Syraia Haukamo from Napier took some risks to win the senior English trophy with a speech on forgiveness constructed as a story, rather than the traditional speech form.

The senior Maori Pei Te Hurinui Jones trophy was won by Herea Winitana from Tuwharetoa who won the best prepared speech and best male speaker categories, with Puhiauarangi Black from Ngai Tuhoe taking second through her wins as best impromptuu speech and best female speaker.


Te Rarawa chair Haami Piripi says Maori will be able to work positively with the Land and Water Forum's report on the future of New Zealand's freshwater resources.

The forum, which includes 58 business, industry, conservation and iwi groups, is recommending a national commission to manage water jointly with iwi.

Mr Piripi says iwi have come to the conclusion they need to work within the system, rather than take an us and them approach to water.

“Our perspective as iwi hasn’t been that we own all the water and therefore we are claiming it. Our perspective is that water is an extremely important resource to both Maori and Pakeha New Zealanders and so Maori need to be built into the management of water and the allocation of it,” Mr Piripi says.


Former Kiwi league standoff turned team manager Tony Kemp says Benji Marshall from Ngai Tuhoe holds the key to West Tigers' NRL hopes.

The inspirational Kiwi captain has hit a purple patch, playing one of his best ever games last week against Canberra to advance his team to a semi final showdown with St George Illawarra in Sydney tomorrow.

Mr Kemp says with his elusive footwork and unpredictable style, the 25-year-old who has played 12 tests and 130 NRL games, will be a handful for Wayne Bennett's Minor Premier winners.

“He's playing some wonderful football. He had a hand in all the tries that were scored on the weekend and the Tigers all year have been the team that dug in and ground out wins and if it’s anything like last week Benji will go a long way to making sure they are in another final yet again,” he says.


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