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Monday, December 20, 2010

Minister supports Maori Council overhaul

Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples says he'd like to see a drastically reformed Maori Council.

A review by the Maori Affairs Select Committee has recommended a comprehensive re-evaluation of the role and funding of the New Zealand Maori Council be undertaken, and a separate body be created for the Maori wardens, who currently come under the councils.

Dr Sharples says while the council has a proud record of working on behalf of Maori, some change is needed to bring it up to date.

He says the emergence of a separate iwi leader's group hasn't taken away the need for the council to represent Maori on a pan-tribal basis.

TE ARAWA LAUNCHES BUSINESS NETWORK

A new Maori business organisation in Rotorua got off to a rousing start when more than 130 mainly young people in business turned up for its launch on Saturday night.

Kaumatua Toby Curtis who is on the Takiwai Rotorua Maori Business network's working committee says he was blown away by the energy and enthusiasm coming through from the younger generation towards business.

He says it augers well as treaty settlement assets play an increasing role in the iwi's future.

NEWNHAM REMEMBERED FOR FIGHT AGAINST RACISM

Maori anti-tour activist Ripeka Evans has paid tribute to anti-racism campaigner Tom Newnham who died late last week.

Ms Evans says as the secretary of the Citizens for Racial Equality organisation Tom Newhnam played a pivotal and highly influential role during demonstrations against apartheid in South Africa from the "No Maoris No Tour" campaign in the 1960's to the 1981 Springbok Tour.

She says he was a pakeha who gained huge respect among Maori for the quiet but strongly assertive way he focused people's attention not only on racism in South Africa but within New Zealand.

As a writer, educationalist, and great friend of many Maori, Tom Newnham campaigned tirelessly for human rights for more than 50 years.

A funeral service is being held at the Mt Eden War Memorial Hall at 10am tomorrow (Tuesday) for Tom Newnham who died aged 84 from lung cancer.

NEW TAX RATE FAIRER FOR MAORI SHAREHOLDER

The chief executive of the Federation of Maori Authorities has welcomed a tax cut for Maori land trusts, but says more is needed.

Under urgency last week, parliament dropped the rate from 19.5 to 17.5 percent.

Ron Mark says that brings it a bit closer to the minimum personal tax rates of 12.5 percent.

He says most owners of Maori land are elderly and don't put in tax returns, so they don't recoup the extra tax the government takes off their shared income.

SORAYA PEKE-MASON BECOMES TE TAU HAUAURU CANDIDATE

Fourth generation morehu Soraya Peke-Mason has been confirmed as Labour’s candidate in Te Taihauauru.

The 52-year-old three term Rangitikei District Councillor says when she arrived at Ratana Pa 10 years ago she didn't have a political bone in her body.

She says a local issue got her involved, and the mahi has been good grounding for her challenge to try and unseat her Ngati Apa whaea Tariana Turia for the right to represent Maori living in Te Taihauauru.

She hopes to reconfirm the strong historical links between Labour and the Ratana movement.

FIGHT AGAINST HOUSING NZ FOR LAST WISH

A terminally ill Waitara man from say he's shattered that he had to go public with his private life before Housing New Zealand would let his son stay with him when he came out of prison.

Sam Martin from Ngapuhi and Tainui says Housing New Zealand only allowed his son to stay with him in his one bedroom state unit when he told his story about their lack of compassion to the local newspaper.

Housing New Zealand's backtrack will allow him to bond with his son before he dies, a chance they missed out on after his son was jailed straight after his Mum's tangi two years ago

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