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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Talks continue on foreshore test

Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia says the party is still negotiating to lower the criteria for Maori to claim customary title to the foreshore and seabed.

The tests in the Marine and Coastal Area Bill include a requirement for continued exclusive occupation or use since 1840.

Mrs Turia says it may be hard to sway National, given the pressure being whipped up by the ACT Party and the Coastal Coalition.

She says if the tests aren’t modified, the Maori Party will seek amendments once the bill is passed.

INTERESTING WOMEN SOUGHT FOR SERIES

A Rotorua based television production company has been inundated with responses to a call for interesting Maori women.

Lara Northcroft from Velvet Stone says she's been amazed at some of the stories behind women put forward by their friends and families as subjects for a new Maori Television show called "I Know a Sheila Like That".

TE RAU KUPENGA APPOINTED TO BROADCAST STANDARDS AUTHORITY

Ngati Porou lawyer Ta Rau Kupenga has been appointed to the Broadcasting Standards Authority.

The first Maori to join the Crown entity, he replaces Tapu Misa.

The host of Maori Television Maorioke music quest and a regular guest on the Men’s Panel on TVNZ’s Good Morning show says he’s looking forward to the role.

TURIA AND TUREI YEAR’S TOP TWO MAORI POLITICIANS

Native Affairs frontman Julian Wilcox says two wahine have been the year’s top performing Maori politicians of the year.

The Maori Television presenter says Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia showed grit in getting the Whanau Ora health and social service delivery model up and running.

And he says Greens co-leader Meteria Turei, whom many felt would have difficulty stepping into retiring leader Jeanette Fitzsimmon’s shoes, did so with distinction.

Mr Wilcox says MP Hone Harawira also had a strong year championing the smoking reforms and advocating a different line over foreshore and seabed reforms, and he is likely to blitz anyone Labour puts up against him in Te Tai Tokerau come election time.

RAUPATU CLAUSE BIG HURDLE IN MARINE LAW

Waiariki MP Te Ururoa Flavell says submitters to the Maori affairs select committee have highlighted how the injustice of past land confiscation is continued in the Marine and Coastal Areas Bill.

He says Tauranga Moana iwi in particular submitted how raupatu prevented them having continuous use of the foreshore and seabed … a key test in the bill.

He says a rewrite is likely.

Mr Flavell says the continuous use test has been at the centre of much of the Maori opposition to the bill. ......

WHANGAI GIRL FILM WINS INTERNSHIP

A short film about Maori adoption has won UCOL film graduate Nicole Baker a three month internship in San Francisco.

The Darwin-born 23-year-old moved to Palmerston North to study for the Bachelor of Applied of Visual Imaging degree and learn about her Ngati Porou father's heritage.

That drew her to the story told in Whangai Girl.

Nicole Baker starts her three month internship next month at the Lobitos Creek Ranch production studio, which specialises in concert films, public television documentaries, and communications for non-profit groups and corporations.

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