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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Harawira fate rests with electorate

Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples says he's copped a lot of flak over Hone Harawira's description of ACT leader Rodney Hide as a fat little redneck.

Dr Sharples says many of those who called or emailed contrasted his low key response to the Taitokerau MP's comments, compared with his call for former Television New Zealand Breakfast host Paul Henry to stand down for questioning whether Governor general Anand Satyanand was a New Zealander.

But he says there is a difference.

“I got slammed big time saying what a hypocrite I was and that’s fair comment in a way from their viewpoint, that here I am not doing anything about Hone, but my answer simply is Paul (Henry) is responsible to us in his role as a publicly funded broadcaster but Hone is responsible to his electorate,” Dr Sharples says.

The Maori Party puts great weight on the right of its electorates to elect who they want to represent them.


The opening of a dialysis treatment centre in Wairoa means the predominantly Maori patients will no longer have to endure day long round trips into Hastings for treatment, with the opening of a dialysis treatment centre in the northern Hawkes Bay town.

Gordon Preston from the Wairoa Dialysis Society says the society raised funds to secure a lease on the centre, with the Hawkes Bay District Health Board providing the necessary dialysis equipment.

He says it will make life easier for the 18 people needed regular dialysis.

He says 60 percent of people in Wairoa and 70 to 80 percent in the rural areas around it are Maori.


It's full steam ahead for Tauranga's first full immersion Maori secondary school.

The Environment Court decision has dismissed objections from neighbours to the building of the 350-pupil school at Bethlehem.

Iria Whiu, the chair of Te Wharekura o Mauao's board, says it's great news and should help lead to greater understanding and respect for cultures.

Construction will start early in the new year to be ready for year 7to 13 students at the beginning of the 2012 school year.


Police have served a trespass notice on a far north tourism operator who continues to drive across a Maori reserve without paying the requested fee.

Patau Tepania, the chair of Te Kohanga Trust, says Greg Hall uses the track onto Shipwreck Bay at the bottom of Ninety Mile beach for his all terrain vehicle tours.

The track is open for public access, but the owners want a contribution from commercial operators so they can pay rates.

He says after Mr Hall breached an earlier trespass order, the police researched the titles and confirmed it was a private road reserve.

“Greg Hall just walked in, came to the meeting, read the information that the police had, threw it on the table and walked back out again. So the police couldn’t talk to Greg and explain to him the situation that he was in so the police had to call around to his house and give him the trespass notice. If he should breach it, he will be arrested,” Mr Tepania says.

Meanwhile on the other coast, Far North mayor Wayne Brown says he won't issue a trespass order against foreshore and seabed protesters occupying a council reserve used by the Taipa Sailing Club, because it's a problem the government needs to fix.


The organiser of a forum discussing self determination and the liberation of women says Maori have learned a lot from cross cultural korero.

Helen Te Hira from Aotearoa Solidarity says Wise Women Speak will feature Coni Ledesma from the National Democratic Front of the Phillipines, a former political prisoner now in her mid-seventies.

She will share the stage with Titewhai Harawira and Annette Sykes.

Ms Te Hira says Maori have long standing links with the Philippines.

“Maori have been to the Philippines over the years, learnt and discussed about colonisation, militarism, deforestation, so this is women from different communities talking and exchanging their experiences and hopefully from that we will get s sense of where we have come from and where we're going,” Ms Te Hira says.

Wise Women Speak is at the Maori Studies Department of Auckland University at 10 on November the 10th


The head of Ngati Kahungunu's Kahu art gallery in Napier hopes whoever stole two kowhaiwhai panels from its Marine Parade entrance on Saturday night did so in a moment of exuberance and will return them.

Marie Edwards says the 3 metre green, red and white panels were donated by students of Hastings artist Sandy Adsett.

She says the gallery has had support from other retailers, as the gallery has been a real hit in the community.


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