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Friday, November 05, 2010

Treaty settlements creating economic leverage

Tainui leader Tukoroirangi Morgan says the Ngati Porou treaty settlement will help grow the wider Maori economic base.

Iwi members registered with the Ngati Porou runanga have until mid-December to ratify the $110 million settlement on offer.

Mr Morgan says with leaders like runanga chair Api Mahuika and former Business Roundtable chair Rob McLeod, the East Coast tribe has the ability to quickly grow the value of its settlement assets for the benefit of its people.

“One of the things that I recognize with Api is that he knows that collective leverage is the x-factor when it comes to iwi businesses. As a collective we can extract significant leverage across this country as we begin to grow our economic power,” he says.

Mr Morgan says economic power will give Maori the opportunity to come up with their own solutions to Maori unemployment and educational under achievement.

TIME TO CALL HALT ON GOVERNMENT ADDICTION TO TOBACCO

The head of the smoking cessation organisation QUIT says she sees the harm smoking does to families every day ... and it's time to call a halt.

Paula Snowden from Te Rarawa says by coming out with strong recommendations, the Maori Affairs select committee inquiry into the tobacco industry has given politicians a rare chance to act.

She says nearly one in every two Maori smoke, as tobacco is the most accessible and addictive drug available.

“When you are poor it is really easy to get, even if it is so expensive. It’s just that once you are addicted, it is no longer a choice and Maori really care about this as families, as individuals and as tribes because everyone can see the harm and the money that comes out of the pockets every day from families struggling, it’s a tank of gas a week if you smoke on pack of Horizon a day,” Ms Snowden says.

In the past year QUIT has helped 12,000 Maori who want quit smoking.

MANAHI DEBATE REVIVED IN BOOK

Author Paul Moon wants to reopen the debate on whether Maori Battalion sergeant Haane Manahi should have got a Victoria Cross.

Dr Moon's book The Haane Manahi Story, launched at Te Papa-i-Ouru Marae in Ohinemutu at the weekend, argues that the Te Arawa man was denied the highest military honour for his bravery at Takrouna Ridge because the War Office in London considered the VC awarded to Te Moananui a Kiwa Ngarimu three weeks earlier was enouigh for the Maori Battallion.

He says New Zealand politicians failed to stick up for sergeant Manahi, who died in 1986, because of false information.

“The view that they’ve given was that there were certain atrocities committed at Takrouna and therefore it rules Manahi out of entitlement for a Victoria Cross. What the book shows quite clearly was that there were no such atrocities,” Dr Moon says.

In 2007, after then-defence minister Phil Goff asked Buckingham Palace to award a posthumous VC, the Duke of York, representing the Queen, presented a unique award to representatives of Te Arawa and the Manahi family, including an altar cloth for Saint Faith’s Church in Ohinemutu, a sword and a letter from the Queen, acknowledging sergeant Manahi’s bravery.

GANG PATCH BAN SHALLOW RESPONSE TO DEEP PROBLEM

Gang liaison worker Dennis O'Reilly says a gang patch ban in Wairoa might make the mayor feel better, but the causes of gang conflict in the northern Hawkes Bay town are intergenerational and will require a much deeper fix.

The mayor, Les Probert, wants to adopt a Whanganui-style ban on gang regalia in the wake of a series of increasinly violent incidents between Black Power and Mongrel Mob members.

Mr O'Reilly, a Black Power life member who spoke out against Whanganui's gang patch law, says the mayor just wants to be seen to be doing something.

People in Whanganui are saying they are feeling better about it. Crikey dick, it that’s all it takes, then I’d change my tune on it. But I think there are behaviourial things in there that are deeper than just what you wear. It’s what you do, it’s how you behave that’s the key issue,” he says.

Mr O'Reilly is organising a three day event in January to bring together fathers and sons from both Wairoa gangs in an attempt to end the inter-generational strife.

EDUCATION, JOBS, HEALTH THE CIRITCAL POLICY AREAS

An aspirant to be Labour's candidate in the safe Manurewa seat says while the Treaty of Waitangi settlement process is important for Maori, education, jobs and health are the real priority.

Shane Te Pou from Ngai Tuhoe is a former chair of Labour's Maori council, and he now works for a south Auckland Maori health provider.

He says he's never been shy to advocate a pro-Maori perspective within the party.

“Fundamentally the policies that advance our people’s lot are education, jobs and health and I think we’ve got very good policy, and we always have had very good policy in those areas,” Mr Te Pou says.

TAINUI OPENS TE AWA EARLY FOR CHRISTMAS SHOPPERS

Tainui has brought forward the second stage of its Hamilton shopping mall to take advantage of the Christmas shopping season.

The section of Te Awa at The Base which opened yesterday includes a food court and a number of clothing and fashion stores.

Mike Pohio, the chief executive of Tainui Group Holdings, says the original plan was to open stage two next year.

“The feedback we had from retailers was that some of them wanted to take advantage of the Christmas trade 2010 so we therefore broke the biggest stage into two parts so stage two allows retailers to start trading this Christmas. Stage three will open in effect in two parts, half in April next year and the rest in August next year,” Mr Pohio says.

An adjoining development, which includes a Hoyts cinema complex, will also open about August.

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