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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Harawira talks way off foreshore committee

Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples says he had no option but to take Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira off the Maori Affairs select committee while it considers the new Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill.

He has been replaced by Waiariki MP Te Ururoa Flavell.

Dr Sharples says Mr Harawira has made no secret that he is campaigning against the bill which the Maori Party fought for.

“Hone's decided to take a view contrary to the Maori Party caucus and if we are going to have the support evened up on that (select) committee and gong to have a hearing where the public come in and give their views, we have to have an open mind to receive them,” Dr Sharples says.

Mr Harawira will continue to sit on the committee while other issues are being considered, such as its inquiry into the tobacco industry.

TAMIHERE SEEKS KOHANGA FUNDING DEVOLUTION

Wet Auckland Maori leader John Tamihere says the National Kohanga Reo Trust needs a shakeup.

He say a Waitangi Tribunal report showing a 10-year decline in the number of children attending Maori language pre-schools is an indictment on the organization.

He says it has failed to develop resources that the regions need, so while kohanga numbers should be going through the roof, they're going through the floor.

“Out in the west we would like our share of the national fund devolved into our region, then put key performance indicators against us saying we will up the enrolment of Maori children in early childhood education and we will grow them but you can’t do that if someone out of Wellington, a new brown bureaucracy out of Wellington called the National Kohanga Reo Truest, is going to stifle all that,” Mr Tamihere says.

He says kura kaupapa immersion schools are also failing to live up to their potential.

MAORI STORIES KEY TO REFURBISHED MUSEUM

Palmerston’s North’s Te Manawa museum and arts centre is being overhauled to allow it to tell the region’s Maori story better.

Chief executive Steve Fox says tangata whenua will play a vital part in the $3.3 million refit, which also includes the incorporation of the New Zealand Rugby Museum onto the site.

That includes input into the Manawatu River exhibition which opens in Aprl and the Tangata Whenua show which opens next August.

A highlight of the refurbished Te Manawa will be the pou whakairo carved by the late John Bevan Ford.

NGATI KUIA SEE SETTLEMENT AS JUST A START

The negotiator for Ngati Kuia says the money is only a small part of the top of the South Island iwi's $24 million settlement.

Mark Moses says the signing on the weekend brought together iwi members from around the country in a spirit of whanaungatanga.

He says it's taken five years to negotiate the settlement.

“There are a number of points we were after, things like recognition, involvement in decision making, acknowledgement of things that had happened. For us it’s as much about our iwitanga and our relationships with the Crown as it has been about getting some compensation,” Mr Moses says.

While the other iwi in the Kurahaupo waka, Nga Apa and Rangitane, are due to sign their settlements in the next few days, the Government's suspension of talks with the Taranaki ki te Tonga group could slow up completion of claims in Te Tau Ihu.

NELSON CLAIMANTS FEEL SHORT CHANGED AS CROWN KEEPS LAND

But the chair of Wakatu Incorporation, Paul Morgan, says he's not prepared to see Nelson claimants short-changed by the government's treaty settlement process.

Attorney general Chris Finlayson last week suspended negotiations with the Taranaki Tainui ki te Tonga group of iwi because he said there was a risk some claimants would be paid twice for the same claims if Wakatu wins its High Court case.

He says Wakatu is undermining the talks and the Crown's general policy of negotiating with iwi groups.

Mr Morgan says the Crown is trying to impose a settlement that fails to honour the original 1845 deal that was supposed to reserve 10 percent of Nelson land for the Maori owners.

“It can be honoured because the Crown s in possession of significant land and I say possession within the New Zealand Company survey. It’s land it should not have in its possession because it hasn’t met not only its contractual obligations but we have title over that land that was issued to us in fee simple,” Mr Morgan says.

The high Court case starts on November 29.

MAORI URGED TO APPLY FOR OUTWARD BOUND

Rangatahi Maori in Auckland are being urged to apply for a special Outward Bound Course that explores cultural development and diversity as well as the personal development of participants.

Christina Arathimos from Outward Bound says the 21-day Auckland Southern Cross course tries to involve young adults from the different ethnic communities in Auckland.

She says the collaboration with the Human Rights Commission gives it an extra edge to other courses, as a wide range of cultures come together.

Applications for the course in late January close at the end of next week

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