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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Lazissez faire not good enough for Kiro

Former Children's Commissioner Cindy Kiro says the Government isn't doing enough to address Maori youth unemployment.

Dr Kiro, who now heads Massey University's school of public health, says Maori joblessness is back to levels not seen since the early 1990s.

She says the structure of New Zealand's economy means Maori get hit first, hardest and longest in any economic downturn - and the Government's laissez faire approach to the problem won't work.

“It's not enough. It’s too little. It’s too late. There has to be much more willingness on behalf of government and on behalf of businesses to actually get young people involved in work so that in fact they develop a work ethos, they keep their work readiness, they develop a work capability which will actually serve them and us throughout their working lives,” Dr Kiro says.

She says the current stigmatisation of beneficiaries isn't the way to tackle problems that affect New Zealand's economic future.


The Ministry of Women's Affairs has celebrated Suffrage Day by creating an online resource about the role of wahine Maori in the fight for women to vote.

Rowena Phair, the ministry's chief executive, says it's based on the 1993 book Maori Women and Vote by Tania Rangiheuea, published by Huia but now out of print.

She says by putting highlights on the mwa.govt.nz site, a new generation can access the work.

“The stories are fascinating. There are a number of prominent Maori women who were significant in winning the right to vote for all women but also winning the right for Maori women to vote and stand in the Maori parliament,” Ms Phair says.


One of the stars in the Black Ferns' women's rugby world cup victory says Maori culture played a major part in the team's success.

Centre Huriana Manuel of Ngapuhi and Tuwharetoa says culture was a unifying force in England as the team took the trophy for the fourth time.

“We’ve got quie a few M aori girls in the team. The girls love doing the haka before the games,” she says.

Everywhere the women's team went, its haka was appreciated.


With a divided Maori Party trying to salvage some kudos from today's first reading of the Marine and Coast Area (Takutai Moana) Bill, one of its trusted advisors is warning the bill includes some of the worst features of the Foreshore and Seabed Act.

Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira says he will vote against the bill.

His colleagues say the bill corrects a major injustice by restoring Maori access to the courts to get their customary rights recognised, but it is not a full and final settlement.

Indigenous philosopher Moana Jackson says that's not what Prime Minister John Key is saying ... and he seem to know more about the Bill than the Maori Party.

“The Prime Minister said it would be very difficult for Maori to reach the threshold required for customary title and he’s absolutely right because you have to prove essentially uninterrupted use and possession snce 1840 and because of actions of the Crown and history, most hapu and iwi have been denied that undisturbed possession,” Mr Jackson says.

He says less than 2 percent of hapu are likely to be prove title under the bill.


A University of Waikato researcher is looking for Maori in the region willing to talk with her about their experience of dying.

Dr Tess Moeke-Maxwell has been given a Health Research Council career development grant for a three-year-study into dying, death and bereavement among Maori.

She says the Kia Ngawari study requires her to bring more than research skills to the project.

“Taha tinana, taha wairua, taha hinengaro and taha whanau, all these aspects of myself have to come into the room because when people are dying they need to know I am there 100 percent, not with my researcher’s potae on but with my ngakau, so I am hearing them on all levels,” Dr Moeke - Maxwell says.

The Kia Ngawari study is part of a wider Tangihanga research programme at Waikato University led by professors Linda Nikora and Ngahuia Te Awekotuku.


Two league players with Maori and Australian Aboriginal whakapapa have made themselves available for the New Zealand Maori team which takes on England in Auckland on October 16.

Howie Tamati, the chair of Maori league chairman, says Sando Earle, who plays wing for Penrith, and double international Timana Tahu from the Paramatta Eels are qualified to play in the Four Nations Trophy warm-up game.

He says players like Kevin Locke, Jason Nightingale, Clinton Toopi and Greg Eastwood are likely to turn out for the Maori squad, and it will be a bonus Tahu gets in.

The Maori team will be named after the Kiwi squad to play Samoa on the same day.


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