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Monday, March 28, 2011

Maungatautari owners threatened with court

Ngati Koroki Kahukura Settlement Trust says it will take action against Maori owners who are threatening to block access to an ecological reserve.

Spokesperson Willie Te Aho says Maungataurari 4G4 is siding with four Pakeha landowners who claim Maori have too much say in the Maungataurari reserve near Cambridge.

He says while there are legitimate grievances about compensation for land within the 47km pest proof fence, the trust is committed to keeping the pests off the mountain while letting the public in.

The issue could end up in the Maori Land Court.

BILL PASSAGE MAKES MAORI PARTY FEEL STRONGER

Pita Sharples says the debate over the Marine and Coastal Area Bill has made the Maori Party stronger.

The bill passed last week amid claims it would pit Maori against each other as they sought to establish customary rights within the six-year deadline, and that the tests for establishing those rights was too high.

But Dr Sharples says the party kept its promises, and that will count at election time.

“It's made us stronger and made the people realise we are people of integrity, we keep our word. We promised the people repeal. We promised the people (an avenue) back to courts, and that’s all we promised and we’ve delivered. And people have got to get out of the isea that they’ve lifted the bar themselves and suddenly wanted ownership of the foreshore and seabed, which is nothing that we promised,” he says.

Dr Sharples says the Maori Party will stand on its record of achievement which also includes whanau ora, prisons reform, and lower petrol and power bills.

RYDER FACTOR GIVES BOOST TO MAORI CRICKET

The coach of the first domestic representative Maori cricket team predicts Jesse Ryder's slashing top score of 83 in the Black Caps win over South Africa in India will encourage more Maori into the sport.

Graeme Stewart’s Northern Maori team narrowly went to Waikato University in its first 50-over encounter this weekend.

Mr Stewart, who is also assistant coach of the Northern Knights, says Maori kids are taking to cricket as never before, and they love heroes.

Northern Maori’s next game is against the Cook Islands at Seddon Park in Hamilton next Friday.

FLOTILLA HEADS FOR OIL DRILLING ZONE

About 50 members of Te Whanau a Apanui were among the 300 people at Auckland's Princess Wharf yesterday to farewell a flotilla of 10 boats heading for the eastern Bay of Plenty to protest oil exploration off their rohe.

They presented the captains with banners saying Brazilian company Petrobras is not welcome.

Spokesperson Robert Ruha says the east coast iwi is overwhelmed by the support it is getting.

The Greenpeace-organised fleet is expected to be joined by other craft as it makes its way to rendezvous with Te Whanau a Apanui off Cape Runaway on April 2.

FISHING SCHOLARSHIP CUT SHORT BY TSUNAMI

This Te Ohu Kaimoana international scholarship winner has had to cut short his stay in Japan because of the earthquake and tsunami.

Te Puoho Katene from Ngati Toa and Ngati Whatua spent most of last year learning Japanese and getting ready to work in Japan with Sealord co-owner.

But he had only been in the country for six weeks when the disaster struck, and it was several hours before he was able to get back across Tokyo to confirm his fmily was safe.

Te Puoho Katene hopes to return to Japan when the situation is safer for himself and his family.

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