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Friday, October 22, 2010

Crown pulls plug on Te Tau Ihu talks

Top of the South Island iwi are disappointed the Crown has abruptly suspended negotiations.

Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson says he can't talk with Tainui Taranaki ki te Tonga, which represents Te Atiawa, Ngati Tama, Ngati Rarua and Ngati Koata, because of a High Court challenge by Wakatu Incorporation.

He says there is a risk some claimants could get paid twice for the same claims.

Amoroa Luke from Ngati Rarua says with a $95 million settlement offer close to being finalised, the Crown's action comes as a surprise.

“The Waitangi Tribunal recommended that the iwi were the correct groups to settle this particular claim and we are disappointed with the Crown npt being able to see an alternative way forward,” Ms Luke says.

Wakatu chair Paul Morgan says the Tainui Taranaki ki te Tonga settlement should be treated separately from Wakatu's issues, which relate to the Crown's maladministration of land set aside from the original land sales of the 1840s.

KRUMP NATIONALS COME TO MANUKAU

The organiser of New Zealand's first Krump Nationals at the Manukau Event Centre tonight expects a battle royale.

Krumping developed in the United States as a way to curb gang violence, and the format of competitive dance-offs between individuals or crews has swept the world.

Sale Sapepe is expecting up to 700 rangatahi from as far afield as Christchurch are expected, and judges will be looking for skills, characterisation and audacity.

MAORI ENTERTAINMENT CONTAGIOUS

The Maori stars of yesterday will be forgetting their troubles ... and trying to remember the words ... at the Bruce Mason Centre in Takapuna tonight.

Organisers have opened up the balcony seating because of the demand to see members of bands like the Quin Tikis, Maori Hi-Quins, Hi Fives and Volcanics on stage together.

Mary Nimmo from the Maori Hi-Five is one of more than a dozen showband entertainers who travelled from their homes in the United States to make the show.

She says with their mix of music, comedy and a touch of kapa haka, the showbands had universal appeal which packed out rooms in clubs and concert halls from Sydney to Surfers to Las Vegas and London.

“There's something about Maori people that’s contagious. I think we were a happy group, we were entertaining, we played good music, and I think there was a happiness on stage when we went out to the people and they liked that, they liked us. When people want to be entertained, they want to forget their troubles,” she says.

The Unsung Heroes Maori showband spectacular starts at seven at the Bruce Mason Theatre in Takapuna.

NGATI KUIA TO SIGN SETTLEMENT DEED

Ngai Tahu is wishing a small neighbouring iwi all the best with its settlement to be signed tomorrow.

Ngati Kuia is the first top of the South Island iwi to settle its historical claims.
Mark Solomon, the chair of Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu, says getting to this stage is a testament to the dedication by the iwi's leadership.

“Like all settlements they’re only a fraction of what the loss was but it’s a small capital base for them to go forward and Ngai Tahu is here to offer the hand of friendship and we’d love to work with them,” Mr Solomon says.

Meanwhile, the government yesterday suspended talks with Taranaki Tainui ki te Tonga because it said there was a risk some claimants could be paid twice in Wakatu Incorporation succeeded in its High Court action over the way the Crown had administered Maori reserved lands in Nelson.

MAORI SURF CHAMPIONSHIPS IN RAGLAN

Places in the Maori surf team for the Oceania championships are up for grabs at this weekend's national Maori titles at Manu Bay in Raglan.

Former masters title winner Te Kauhoe Wano says the field is open with former champions Morehu Roberts from Rongowhakaata and Daniel Proctor from Ngati Uepohatu both in Peru representing New Zealand at the ISA World Surfing Games.

He says the 18th nationals, which started this afternoon with a powhiri at Raglans' Poihakena marae, will bring out the best of the surfers on and off the water.

Surfing conditions are expected to be excellent with a depression off the west coast likely to produce large sets.

The National Maori Rugby League tournament is also on this weekend in Rotorua.

FREE CONCERT FOR CHRISTCHURCH EARTHQUAKE RECOVERY

A Ngapuhi singer is giving back to the city he grew up in organising tomorrow's free benefit concert for earthquake relief in Hagley Park.

Opshop frontman Jason Kerrison says there will be a real Maori component to the concert, which is expected to attract up to 150,000 people.

The line up include Dame Malvina Major, Nathan King, Che Fu, King Kapisi, Bic Runga, The Feelers, The Exponents, Opshop, Evermore and the Bats.

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