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Friday, April 29, 2011

Goff warning of competition on left

Labour leader Phil Goff says the Maori Party hasn't been good for Maori, and he doesn't expect Hone Harawira's new party will be either.

Te Maori Party launches tomorrow in Auckland, and with its likely focus on winning list voters, its represents a threat to Labour's hopes of winning back disaffected Maori Party supporters.

Mr Goff says the Maori Party's support for National lifting GST and cutting tax for the rich means many Maori are ready for a switch.

“The Hone party I think will be an extremist party that’s more separatist than anything else. It’s Labour that stands there alongside mainstream Maoridom supporting the things that are important to Maori families,” Mr Goff says.


Wahine Maori in Tai Tokerau says they're alarmed at widespread funding cuts to Maori service providers in the region.

Huhana Seve says a hui has been called for next week to discuss issues like health, language and the rising costs of living.

She says the closure of the Amokura Family Violence Prevention initiative, which had acted as an umbrella for many Northland Maori women's groups, had come as a shock.

“This is something that’s alarming for us as wahine in Tai Tokerau so our network would seek to hui and discuss these things and how we might be able to support those organisations in the reorientation of their service perhaps or as an advocacy group on their behalf to access ongoing sustainable funding,” Ms Seve says.

The hui will be held at Otiria Marae in Moerewa on May 7.


The presenter of a 13-part Maori Television series on Maori architecture says it comes at a time when demand is growing for Maori architects and designers.

Whare Maori will look at kainga, wharenui, whare karakia, whare waananga and even buildings inspired or directed by wahine like Princess Te Puea.

Rau Hoskins of Nga Puhi says many education, health and welfare organisations are looking to use Maori designs, and the Maori sector is also growing.

He says in the post-settlement environment, iwi are engaging in development, and wananga, kura and kohanga are being built from scratch.

He's working on a $12 million refurbishment of Te Whare Waananga o Te Awanuiarangi in Whakatane, which is looking at Kaupapa Maori to drive design choices.


The Ratana movement has decided to revive its social services programmes.

Spokesperson Andre Mason says the annual Hui Whakapumau at Easter voted to shift responsibility for the physical as opposed to the spiritual work of the movement to Te Omeka Pa in Matamata.

He says it's a kaupapa that has been advocated for many years by the Matamata-based church leader, Te Whakaotinga Ron Smith.

Details of what will actually be transferred over to Te Omeka Pa will be confirmed over the next few months, but overall control of church assets will remain at Ratana pa near Whanganui.


Rotorua lawyer Annette Sykes says people are excited at the chance to support Hone Harawira's new party.

Te Mana Party will be launched at Te Mahurehure Marae in Auckland tomorrow.

Ms Sykes says Maori communities feel unsatisfied at the Maori Party's performance.

She says unlike some of the other Maori MPs, Mr Harawira has a nationwide following.

“What they like about Hone is he goes back to the people for a mandate, that’s the key thing, and he doesn’t talk about top up, top down structures, he really works from the grassroots and the locals here are just loving it because they haven’t had anything like that for a long time,” Ms Sykes says.

Whether she stands as a candidate for the new party depends on the wishes of members.


An all-woman Polynesian art collective is reuniting to promote the current work of its members.

Founding member Suzanne Tamaki says Pacific Sisters was formed 15 years ago and produced a wide range of works including visual art, film, music and fashion.

She says next month's Eyekonik event in Mangere focuses on urban Polynesian fashion, with contributions by Talosia, Janine Clarkin, Shona Tawhiao and herself.

It follows on from a performance-focused outing at the Pacific Arts Association conference in Rarotonga last year.


Blogger marama8 said...

I believe that the two major parties will get a big shock at the next election; it has already been propehesied by TWRatana so the time is now. The difference between Winston Peters and Hone Harawira (and his whanau through activism) and others is that they have lead the way in whatever capacity so help not only Maori but the rest of the citizens of NZ. Also if it was not for the work of Hone Harawira and the people from the north; Tariana Turia would not be in parliament. In fact it was the people from the north and Auckland who walked the streets and fundraised for those maori party MPs and our reward was they kicked him out without talking to the voters in the north.

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