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Friday, November 12, 2010

Gangs part of crime stopping equation

The head of Rethinking Crime and Punishment, Kim Workman says the best way to handle gangs is to work with them.

Police Minister Judith Collins told this week's Ngakia Kia Puawai Police Leadership Conference at Pipitea Marae that she had a policy of not engaging with gangs or knowingly meeting with anyone she knows to be a gang member.

Mr Workman, from Ngati Kahungunu, told the same hui that international evidence and his 40 years of experiences in the police, Maori Affairs and Corrections indicates the opposite.

“The best way of dealing with gangs is first to develop a long term strategy, actively engage with gangs, provide transition employment, provide opportunities for transitional education, get with the young children of gang members and so fort, as opposed to a policy of elimination of gangs by enforcement,” Mr Workman says.

IWI LEADERS COURT BUSINESS RELATIONSHIPS

Iwi leaders have told business leaders they're keen to work in partnership with them to develop the new Auckland supercity.

Tainui chair Tukoroirangi Morgan, Naida Glavish from Ngati Whatua, Mark Solomon from Ngai Tahu and Timi Te Heuheu from Tuwharetoa met last night with the Committee for Auckland, an invitation-only group of company executives and high net worth individuals set up to influence the city's development.

Mr Morgan say they represent the sort of companies that will be building the roads, schools, prisons and other projects that central and local government will be commissioning.

“We sent a clear message to them that iwi are ready to work with them in public private partnerships, in joint venture initiatives across the sector,” Mr Morgan says.

He was pleased to see a capacity crowd at the meeting, showing the interest business leaders have in what Maori have to offer.

REID, GEAR MAKE FINALS OF SPORTS AWARDS

All Whites' defender Winston Reid, re-instated All Black Hosea Gear, and rugby women's world cup champion Carla Hohepa headline the list of finalists for this year's Maori Sports Awards.

Convenor Dick Garrett says the 20th awards ceremony in Manukau next month will reflect the growing influence of Maori athletes across the board, and not just traditional sports like rugby, league and netball.

They will acknowledge world champions in BMX, karate, woolhandling, swimming and waka ama.

Mr Garrett says the awards will also acknowledge the hard work done behind the scenes by coaches, umpires and administrators.

Reid and Gear contest the senior men's category with Brent Newdick from Tainui, while Carla Hohepa is up against squash player Joelle King and kayaker Lisa Carrington for the women's prize.

TAINUI SEE DEVELOPMENT POTENTIAL IN MARINE BILL

Tainui chair Tukoroirangi Morgan has confirmed the Waikato based iwi supports the Marine and Coastal Areas Bill, with reservations.

The bill now before the Maori affairs select committee is likely to be the subject of intense debate at tomorrow's Iwi Leaders Forum at Takapuwahia Marae in Porirua, with Ngati Porou and Ngati Kahungunu coming out strongly against the tests for customary ownership.

Mr Morgan says he has similar concerns, but on balance the bill will give his iwi enough room to pursue its ownership claims to the foreshore and seabed, either through the courts or by direct negotiation.

“You know I am confident that we will secure our interests. That will lead to some development rights. Those development rights go to the heart of the mineral and oil exploration industry,” Mr Morgan says.

TAMAKI TOURS WINS AWARD FOR CULTURAL EXPERIENCE

Award winning Maori tourism operators Tamaki Tours has another taonga to put on its mantlepiece.

Director Doug Tamaki was in Sydney this week to recieve the 2010 Golden Backpackers Award for the best Indigenous Cultural Experience in Australasia.

He says it's a satifsfying end to what as been a tough years for the 21-year company, which has attractions in Rotorua and Christchurch.

He says while the backpacker market is important to the business, its Maori storytelling style is popular across the board with people young and old.

Indigenous tourism operators in Australia and North America have sought advice from Tamaki on ways to tell their stories to manuhiri.

SONGS OF HIRINI MELBOURNE REVIVED BY DAWN CHORUS

Singer songwriter Dudley Benson unveils his new show in Auckland tonight, exploring the work of another songwriter, the late Hirini Melbourne of Ngai Tuhoe.

The former Otautahi choirboy will bring the sounds of the ngahere to Te Mahurehure Maori Cultural Centre in Point Chevalier, and to a dozen other venues over the next month.

He says his says new band, the Dawn Chorus, includes four acapella male voices and a wahine beatboxer, because instruments didn’t seem to go with Melbourne’s vision.

Dudley Benson and the Dawn Chorus will be at Kingston House in Kerikeri on Sunday night.

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