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Friday, January 28, 2011

Tainui lining up to buy power station

Waikato - Tainui leader Tukoroirangi Morgan says the iwi will be first in line to buy state assets.

In this week's state of the nation speech, Prime Minister John Key confirmed National will sell shares in power companies and Air New Zealand.

Mr Morgan says the possibility was canvassed during negotiations over co-management of the Waikato River.

“The simple answer to the power generation companies, absolutely we are interested. Absolutely we intend to secure some shareholding and the first one of the block will be Genesis Power and more specifically Huntly Power Station. We’ve made it no secret at all that we intend to buy,” he says.

Mr Morgan says Tainui has the first right to buy Huntly Power station, and it also wants to buy a stake in Mighty River Power, which owns the dams on the Waikato River.

TIPOKI BRINGS SKILLS, CLUTURE TO COAST ROLE

The new coach of the Ngati Porou East Coast Rugby squad, Ngarimu Simpkins, says he's proud to have former Maori All Black Rua Tipoki as his assistant for this year's Heartland championship.

35-year-old Tipoki grew up in Te Araroa until his career took him to Bay of Plenty, North Harbour, the Auckland Blues, and Irish Club Munster.

He was also in the first ever New Zealand Maori squad to beat the British and Irish Lions on their 2005 tour to New Zealand.

Mr Simpkins says as a Maori speaker and great role model, Tipoki will strengthen not only the squad's rugby prowess but also its commitment to taha Maori.

Before the Heartland competition starts in August, Rua Tipoki will help prepare the squad for the pre-season Te Tini a Maui Maori rugby Tournament.

PAEROA CONCERT AT MERCY OF WEATHER

Organisers of tomorrow's 12 hour fundraising concert in Paeroa have their fingers crossed Tawhirimatea provides fine weather.

The show at Paeroa Race Course includes 1814, Ardijah, Moana and Whirimakmo Black, along with ta moko, art and weaving exhibitions.

Janine Clarkin says any profits will be used to upgrade Hauraki marae, including Te Pai O Hauraki, Tirohia, Taharua, Kerepehi and Ngahutoitoi.

The 12 hour concert starts at midday.

MAORI COUNCIL STUDIES ACTION ON PRIVATISATION

The New Zealand Maori Council says unresolved claims to water and subsurface resources could stymie National's plans to sell off state assets after the election.

Spokesperson Maanu Paul says the council will seek a meeting with the Government about the likely obstacles to selling a stake in the state owned energy companies.

He says the issues which caused the 1980s Labour government to curtail its privatisation plans and create state owned enterprises are still live.

“All those things have not yet been resolved and that was the issue in 1986 when we inserted the clause about nothing in that State Owned Enterprise Act will impact on the Treaty of Waitangi claims. The claims that are still outstanding are water, geothermal, coal,” Mr Paul says

To clear the way for a partial sale, the Government may have to look at the settlements the Maori Council and iwi partners achieve with regards to fisheries, state forests and radio spectrum.

ANCIENT SITE READY FOR GANG TRANSFORMATION

Gangs which have been at loggerheads in the past are coming together this weekend to look for ways out of gang life for their children.

Organiser Dennis O'Reilly says the Fatherhood, Gangs, Drugs and Choices programme will bring fathers and sons from Black Power and the Mongrel Mob to the historic Otatara Pa in the Hawkes Bay.

He says the hui will be facilitated by New York-based expatriate John Wareham, a leadership psychologist and the author of How to Break Out of Prison, who will use age-old techniques to get participants to ask questions about their lives.

“And because our participants are almost all Maori, we’re doing it in this quite magical ancient marae, Otatara, and so even though we’re using a very European methodology, the context is whanau, whanaungatanga, of whakapapa,” Mr O'Reilly says.

A similar event five years ago was very successful in getting gang members to question their participation in the methamphetamine trade.

MAORI JOIN WOMAD LINE-UP

The Maori line-up for this year's WOMAD festival in New Plymouth has just got stronger, with Tiki Taane, the Patea Maori Club and the Whitireia Performing Arts Group joining the bill.

Tiki Taane and his band the Dub Soldiers will be joined on stage by 35 members of Ngaruawahia-based kapa haka group Te Pou o Mangataawhiri.

Maisey Rika, Trinity Roots and the taonga puoro meets electronics collaboration Nga Tae were confirmed earlier.

Maisey Rika says she's looking forward to being on the Bowl of Brooklands stage in March, alongside traditional and indigenous acts from around the world.

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