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Monday, September 27, 2010

Greens seeking closer links with kaitiaki

Greens co-leader Russel Norman is keen that his party develops closer working relation ships with Maori communities on issues of shared concern.

He says at a local level environmentalists and tangata whanua often develop strong relationships as they address shared concerns, but more can be done at regional and national level.

“A lot of greenies see themselves, that our job is to be the guardians and a lot of Maori see their job is to be kaitiaki so there is already so much common ground but we could do more to make those links,” Dr Norman says.


Paeora-based health provider Te Korowai Hauora O Hauraki has developed a ‘Hauraki Healthy Kai’ symbol to encourage healthy eating.

Health promoter Tania Young says there is a higher rate of diet related disease in the area compared to the rest of the country.

She says the signs in the shape of pataka or storehouses identify low fat options.

“Unless you identify to our people what is healthy and what isn’t, they’re not going to know, and now there is 36 Hauraki healthy kai options in Paeroa so if anyone’s going to Paeroa, you see this little pataka next to some healthy option, less than 18 percent fat and it’s absolutely beautiful food,” Ms Young says.

Te Korowai Hauora O Hauraki now plans a ‘Just Ask’ campaign to encourage whanau to ask for a healthier option when having food made for them, such as grilled rather than fried fish.


Fresh from celebrating of 100 years of Maori Rugby in Poverty Bay, fans are looking forward to marking another centenary.

Albie Gibson from Turanga Nui A Kiwa Rugby says while last weekend’s celebration was for players from the region who had made the national Maori squad, it will soon be time to honour the YMP Club.

“That club was put together by Ta Apirana Ngata as a focal point for young Maori who desired to step up to another level whether it be in sport or in politics or whatever, but that the club is celebrating its 100 years at Labour weekend at Manutuke in Gisborne,” Mr Gibson says.

YMP refers to the Young Maori Party, even if most of those who turn out for the club like to think of themselves as young Maori players.


High returns from Fonterra have helped bring Parininihi ki Waitotara back into the black.

General manager Dion Tuuta says on the back of Fonterra's projected $7 a kilo payout for milk solids, the committee of management has recommended a dividend pay-out this year.

But he says its appetite for risk was curbed by its disastrous investment in a Brisbane property development, which cost it more than $30 million.

“We've returned to profitability after those difficulties, we’ve developed a draft strategic plan that’s been very well received, effectively just returning back to the basics of looking at a conservative long term view of our business which is grounded back to the whenua, returning PKW to the land rather than higher risk ventures,” Mr Tuuta says.

Dion Tuuta says as a trial Parininihi ki Waitotara intends to put managers on two of its 13 dairy units, rather than the traditional 50-50 sharemilking arrangement.


Salvation Army members running an addiction treatment programme for Mongrel Mob members and their whanau say it’s going to be a long term project.

Coordinator Lynette Hutson says leaders of the Notorious Chapter approached the Sallies because they were concerned at the damage methamphetamine use was causing.

She says a strong partnership has developed which will last even after the 7-week residential programmes are over.

“The fact is we’ve come into a relationship to try and help, we’ve been invited in, we’re very respectful of that, and if we then just depart, the fact is it is about reintegrating people into society and we need to be there for the long haul so the long haul it is,” Major Hutson says.

Tikanga Maori forms an important part of the programme as multiple aspects of participants’ lives are addressed.


Tangata whenua from Karapiro now have their own place to stand in the facilities being built at the lake for next month’s World Rowing Championships.

A culture room for Ngati Koroki Kahukura was opened on Saturday in the new Don Rowlands Community Centre, which is on the side of the lake which now covers their ancient village and waahi tapu.

Artworks for the room were coordinated by Ngati Koroki artist Brett Graham, and include a mural drawing on the river’s taniwha traditions.

“They guided the canoe Tainui to Aotearoa, they were there when Mahinarangi caught the baby Raukawa across the bridge at Horahora where my father was born, they were at the battle of Taumata Wiiwii and they were the silent witnesses when Koroki shouted out to his cousin Taowhakairo and they were there also when Lake Karapiro came to being and flooded Horahora for the power station, when Aniwaniwa came to an end,” Dr Graham says.

His father Fred Graham created a stainless steel waka sculpture which stands outside the centre.


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