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Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Goodall quits Ngai Tahu job

Ngai Tahu is losing its chief executive.

Anake Goodall took on the job running the South Island tribe's runanga in 2007, after a period of internal strife.

Mr Goodall, who has been involved with the iwi for 25 years, says his task has been to consolidate the systems that had grown up in the 10 years since the Ngati Tahu settlement and plan for the future.

“The second leg of that which has interest me is what is the base that we need to set ourselves up for the next 10 years? What does the organisation that is going to do that look like and how do we get on with that job, so that’s been the brioef and I’m at the point now where I think we’ve nailed that, we’ve done that bit, and the next job is different and for someone with different skills I reckon,” Mr Goodall says.

He will stay on for up to six months to allow Ngai Tahu to find a suitable replacement.

PETERS ATTACKS IWI LEADERS FOR ASSET SALE CLOAK

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says iwi leaders shouldn't be giving a cloak of respectability to National's plan to sell state assets.

The Iwi Leaders Group has discussed asset sales in principle with Prime Minister John Key, and some iwi have indicated they want to buy in to the state owned energy companies if they are sold off after the election.

Mr Peters say the assets already belong to all New Zealanders, and it does not make the sales right if a small shareholding is sold to Maori.

“You'd expect from the iwi leaders group something that was sane and sensible and rational based on long term Maori values and betrayal of the people is not one of those values. I don’t know who these so called iwi leaders are who are meeting with John Key. Who appointed them to this position? I don’t know. So it comes down to what we do know, with is that there are political movements out there who are adamantly against asset sales, and the public can decide if they are going to vote for them or not,” Mr Peters says.

He says the iwi leaders are forgetting the sad history of previous sales like the Bank of New Zealand, Air New Zealand and New Zealand Rail.

DISTANCE LEARNING COVERS FOR LACK OF RELIEF TEACHERS

A group of Victoria University lecturers have developed a new technology-based distance learning system to up the skills of Maori language teachers.

Rawiri Toia from Te Kura Maori says a shortage of suitable relief teachers means teachers in rural schools can't get time off for professional development courses.

With colleagues Tabitha McKenzie and Hiria McRae, he's filling the gap with video podcasts, online support and in-school facilitation.

“This provides a focus point for the teachers and schools to have a look at how they are teaching the language and how they are passing on some of those key elements of our language to their students,” Mr Toia says.

The project, which is part of the Ministry of Education's Whakapiki i te Reo professional development system, is being watched by indigenous educators around the world.

SETTLEMENTS DROP IN OCEAN BUT IMPORTANT STEP

Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia says iwi are making the best they can out of the treaty settlement process in trying circumstances.

Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson has denied allegations the Crown is putting pressure on iwi to get quick deals ahead of National's 2014 deadine to end the historic settlement process.

Mrs Turia, whose own Ngati Apa people settled last year, says while she could not say settlements are wonderful, iwi have choices to make.

“Our people are choosing to settle because they want to move forward. But let’s not be in any doubt that these settlements are a drop in the ocean to what was taken, and that’s the reason that our people are sitting in abject poverty today watching others grow wealthy off their land and their resources,” Mrs Turia says.

She says settlements are an important acknowlegement by the Crown that its past actions were in breach of the Treaty of Waitangi.

DE BRES DEFENDS TREATY LOOK AS CONTRIBUTION TO DEBATE

Meanwhile, Race relations commissioner Joris de Bres is welcoming the debate over his annual report of progress in fulfilling the aims of the Treaty of Waitangi.

Maori including lawyer Annette Sykes and politicians Metiria Turei, Pita Sharples and Winston Peters have criticised the report as being shallow and ignoring dissatisfaction with some settlements from hapu who feel excluded unwillingly included.

Mr de Bres says the report aims to spark debate.

“My answer to people who say the commission’s treaty report is once over lightly or doesn’t cover all the issues is simply ‘go and read it, tell me which bits are untrue, by all means tell me which bits have been omitted and share withat with people in general and in the end we wi have a picture of were we are and where we have been and where we are going,” he says.

Mr de Bres says the treaty report will be soon followed by updates on the Maori language and social inequality, which people might find more critical.

BENJI MARCHALL TO FRONT LEAGUE CAMPAIGN

Tuhoe league icon Benji Marshall is the face of this year's multi million dollar promotional campaign for the NRL.

The Ruatoki-raised 26-year old was named last year's Golden Boot for the best international player, and he had successful seasons with both the West Tigers and the Kiwis.

Commentator Te Kauhoe Wano says the amiable Marshall has style on and off the field and is at the top of his game.

Benji Marshall has put his winning jersey from the 2008 World Cup up for auction to raise money for the families of the Pike River miners.

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