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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Mining plans could provoke Maori Party

Tariana Turia says mining will continue to be a point of difference between the Maori Party and National.

Last year the government backed off its plan to open parts of the Conservation estate to prospecting amid public uproar, but the idea may be revisited in as questions arise over how the rebuilding of Christchurch will be paid for.

Mrs Turia says the Crown needs to prove it owns the land before it starts digging it up.

“We are firmly of the view that the conservation estate originally was in the hands of our people so we don’t see the conservation estate as necessarily belonging to the Crown,” she says.

Tariana Turia says it is hapu and iwi who should be making the decisions about when mining can occur in their rohe.

FORESHORE SOLUTION DOESN’T PLEASE MOST MAORI

A new online survey has found widespread opposition among Maori to the foreshore and seabed reforms now before Parliament.

Grant McInman from Horizon Research says the panel of 1200 Maori throughout out the country found only point four of one percent back the Marine and Coastal Areas (Takutai Moana) Bill.

He says it still generates strong emotion with only 8 percent saying they don’t care at all and 11 percent saying they accept the National-Maori Party solution.

NEW VIDEO TO KEEP TAKATAPUI SAFE FROM HIV

The New Zealand Aids Foundation is pushing to educate takatapui on keeping safe from HIV infection.

Last year was the worst on record for the number of gay and bisexual men diagnosed with HIV, with Maori now making up about 10 percent of New Zealanders living with the illness.

Kaiarahi Jordan Harris says the new Maori Tu Mai Takatapui video is a resource not just for for takatapui but for their whanau, offering ways families can help young people keep safe.

The video is available for free from the Aids Foundation website.

GOFF STUPID TO RULE OUT COALITION PARTNERS

Political commentator Matt Mc Carten says Phil Goff is wrong to rule out Hone Harawira as a potential coalition partner.

The Labour Party leader says he wouldn't work with a Harawira-led party because the Tai Tokerau MP is unreliable and takes extremist positions.

Mr Mc Carten, who helped negotiate Mr Harawira's separation agreement with the Maori Party, says that approach could come back and bite Mr Goff.

“It doesn't do him any strategic good at all. It is knee-jerk, ill thought through and just quite silly,” he says.

Mr McCarten says if Hone Harawira does form a party and retains Tai Tokerau, he could bring another three or four MPs with him into parliament.

PORTRAITS SOUGHT FOR MAORI BATTALION WEBSITE

The 28 Maori Battalion Association is setting itself the daunting task of locating photos of all 3600 men who served in the World War Two unit.

Historian Monty Soutar says many such photos are already on the association's website, which also includes an historical overview, maps, stories, and other resources for teachers and students.

He says it will be good to locate the photos while there are still some veterans alive, with only about a third of the images so far collected and only 43 veterans left.

The tangi for D Company veteran John Keha Palmer, who died on Friday at the age of 90, is in Pahiatua.

TE AROHA UPPERCUT TAKES ON BOXING WORLD

A 14-year-old Te Teko girl is a rising star of New Zealand boxing.

Te Aroha Hira of Ngai Tuhoe, Tainui and Ngati Awa has won a place in next month's World Women's Junior Championships in Turkey.

The 2010 light bantam champion and Destiny School student says she has a secret weapon to help her win in Turkey – the speed and power of her uppercut.

She is learning a lot from her trainer, Chiefs winger Lelia Masaga, and she's also getting huge support from friends and whanau.

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