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Friday, September 03, 2010

Hamilton group standing in way of Tainui plans

A group of Waikato Maori say they will need to be forcibly removed from a Hamilton marae Tainui leaders want to demolish to make way for a supermarket.

Tuta Ormsby, the chair of Rangimarie Te Horanganui Marae chair, says the site near Glenview on the city's west was turned into a marae at the wish of the late Waikato - Tainui leader Sir Robert Mahuta.

He says Tainui Group Holdings wants them off the site by next Tuesday, but they intend to stay.

“I'm going to stand up and I’m going to doe on this kaupapa. They won't,” Mr Ormsby says.

Tainui executive chair Tukoroirangi Morgan declined to respond.


The Minister of Maori Affairs, Pita Sharples says he was deeply moved by yesterday's launch of the rugby world cup campaign in Sydney.
Dr Sharples opened the doors of the giant inflatable rugby ball on the Circular Quay landscape soon after sunrise.

“We had an Aboriginal ceremony which was really moving as they did their smoke cleansing, but they also did some traditional welcme dance and welcomed the Maori party, and then the Maori party joined them and welcomed the Australians. It was really brilliant,” Dr Sharples says the organisers hope to bring the giant rugby ball to New Zealand in the lead up to next year's tournament.


It's a big weekend in the south Auckland with the opening of a new arts centre in Mangere.

Manager Naomi Singer says the design of the distinctive yellow building in the heart of the town centre came about after extensive consultation by the architects with the local community and mana whenua, who gave it the name Nga Tohu o Uenuku

She says the entrance has a stylised rainbow, and the shape of the theatre references Mangere maunga.

Naomi Singer says there will be cultural performances over the weekend as well as an exhibition by local artists.


Maori affairs minister Pita Sharples is off to China tomorrow to open doors for Maori entrepreneurs.

He's heading a group of 20 Maori business leaders for an 8 day visit taking in Beijing and Shanghai.

He's expecting great things to come from the trip.

“It's going to be a whirlwind week, very busy, so I’m relying on the entrepreneurs, young and old, that I’m taking over there to capitalize on the occasion, set up communications, and of course we’ve got our expats over there, they’re very keen to assist in business arrangements, so very exciting,” Dr Sharples says.

The delegation includes people in farming, fishing, forestry, science, telecommunications and graphics.


A Northland school has come up with a way of encouraging Maori in the community to korero with its students who are learning te reo.

Kaipara College's Maori department has produced badges showing the student's level of ability to understand and speak Maori.

Carlin Shaw, the head of department, says He Akonga badges are for students with basic Maori while he korero Maori badges go to students with more extensive knowledge.

“This is the first step. We’ve got these badges now and we have told the community via the newspaper, also going out to local iwi and talking to them about it and they were very supportive of it which has been awesome,” he saus

Mr Shaw says the students feel encouraged when members of the community talk with them.


One of the Maori involved in World Rowing championships at Lake Karapiro, Willie te Aho, says the way Maori are being integrated is in sharp contrast to other sports.

The Maori Affairs Minister, Pita Sharples, has come under fire for adding a Maori flavour to yesterday's launch of the Rugby World Cup campaign in Sydney, despite failing in his efforts to get a Maori rugby ambassador appointed.

Mr Te Aho says organisers of 2011 Rugby World Cup seem to take Maori for granted, but don't allow them to play a substantive role.

“Yes there are people on the ground trying to do things but my good comparison is the New Zealand Rowing and the rowing world championships that are going to be held at Karapiro and they are working in partnership with us and that’s the huge difference with rugby, is that they don’t see us as a partner, they see us as a marketing tool and they see their partners as the international community, and that has to change,” Mr Te Aho says.

Ngati Koroki Kahukura and Ngati Haua have been fully involved in the planning of the World Rowing Champs, which start on September 30.


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