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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Broadband aspirant tries out technology in Otaki

Torotoro Waea, the Maori-backed consortium bidding for a share of the Government's $300 million to build the Ultra Fast Rural Broadband network, has unveiled its first local access network.

Spokesperson Anthony Royal says about a dozen farms, businesses, homes and marae around Otaki are already connected to the open access fibre optic network around Otaki, and its design means more sites can be connected quickly and cheaply.

He says one of the consortium partners, Te Wananga o Raukawa, is keen for marae to have the capacity for videoconferencing and other applications which need fast broadband.

“A lot of Te Wananga o Raukawa’s curses are actually delivered on marae so he ability to provide relatively inexpensive video conferencing means we can get people to interact with our students on marae. They don’t necessarily have to be there. And then in time I think we will find a lot of other applications that will start to spring forth as a result of having the capacity there,” Mr Royal says.

REO CHALLENGED IDENTIFIED IN LONG TERM STUDY

A long term study of 7000 children has identified protection of te reo Maori as a major challenge in the years ahead.

Polly Atatoa Carr, the associate director of Auckland University’s Growing Up in New Zealand study, says there is incredible diversity reflected in the study, with one in three of the parents being born outside Aotearoa.

She says many are recent arrivals, and one in five of those homes have languages other than English as the first language.

NEWDICK KEEN FOR MAORI TO TRY ATHLETICS

Tainui decathlete Brent Newdick is encouraging more Maori to take up athletics.

A silver medal at the New Delhi Commonwealth Games earned the 25-year-old a final's spot in next week's Maori sports awards.

He says moving to Auckland to study brought him closer to his Maori relatives, and sparked an interest in things Maori.

Brent Newdick says rangatahi should have a go at their local athletics club to see if they are any good.

NURSES COULD TAKE ON MORE FRONT LINE ROLE

A leading nursing educator says delivery of health services to Maori could be helped by greater use of nurses.

Anita Bamford-Wade, the joint head of nursing education at AUT University, says Maori are often reluctant to talk to a doctor about health issues would find it easier to talk with nurses, most of whom are women.

She told this week's Health the Wealth of the Nation symposium that the sort of rethinking of service delivery that is behind the Whanau Ora programme could be applied to other aspects of the primary health system.

“Nurses today are well educated and well prepared to be those front line people in primary healthcare where the first port of call could be an advanced nurse practicing or a nurse practitioner who could do the first health assessment and then if required refer people on to the GP. At the moment the GP is pretty much the gatekeeper in the primary health care sector.

Dr Bamford - Wade says more needs to be done to get more Maori nurses trained up.

TANUI FREES UP TIME TO COMPLETE BOOKS

Historian Rawiri Taonui says heavy workloads and a desire to write have inspired him to break out of academia.

Mr Taonui has quit as head of Maori and ethnic studies at Canterbury University after a decade in which he built the school from a small department to one of the largest in the country.

He says despite a supportive review, he's leaving with a year left on his contract.

One of his first pieces of writing is a submission on the Marine and Coastal Area bill to the Maori affairs select committee.

TAMARIKI ORA DAY IN MANGERE

The Maori sports stars of the future took centre stage today at the annual tamariki ora sports and cultural day in Auckland.

Dale Husband was out and about amongst the hundreds of pupils from kura kaupapa and immersion units throughout Tamaki Makaurau, and says it was a rousing success.

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