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Monday, April 11, 2011

Maori Party wants forest warning

The Maori Party wants iwi to get first dibs on forests put up for sale.

Waiariki MP Te Ururoa Flavell says Tainui and Ngai Tahu have already put a case to government for a right of first refusal on forestry land.

He says Carter Holt Harvey’s sale in February of 17,300 hectares of forests to foreign investors highlights the scope of the problem.

“Offering Maori incorporations and land trusts first opportunity to consider those opportunities before foreign investment would be a good look and ensure land stays in New Zealand,” Mr Flavell says.

He says the Overseas Investment Office should at least consult iwi when forest land is sold.

MAORI SAMPLE NEEDED FOR TOBACCO SURVEY

Auckland University researchers are trying to ensure there is a large sample of Maori and Pacific Island people in their latest survey.

The Centre for Tobacco Control Research wants to find out whether last year’s tax hike caused people to quit smoking.

Study head Marewa Glover says there is a connection between smoking and poverty that needs to be explored, so the census area unites being studied are mainly in South Auckland.

HAPU LOOKS TO RESTORE HAVELOCK NORTH WHARE

A Hawkes Bay hapu is seeking help to restore a small 19th century wharenui.

Bayden Barber says the whare was built at Havelock North by Te Teira Tiakitai of Waimarama, 20 kilometres away on the coast, as a place hapu members could stay when they came to town.

He says it’s a building with considerable history, including being used for hui, wananga and Ringatu services.

The Historic Places Trust has advised the building is definitely restorable.

CANDIDATE SHOPPING DONE UNOFFICIALLY

Maori Party president Pem Bird says any sounding out of candidates to run against Hone Harawira is being done without the party’s official sanction.

Te Rarawa chair Haami Piripi says he turned down an approach to stand against the Tai Tokerau MP, but says many iwi leaders in the north are concerned about how the party can maintain a presence there.

Mr Bird says next weekend’s meeting of the party’s national council near Hastings will discuss whether its non-compete agreement with its former MP will hold.

“I've heard that a number of people have been approached including Haami Piripi and that may well be the case but it certainly isn’t the official line coming from the party itself. We have a meeting next Saturday and that sort of business is the business of the council,” he says.

Mr Bird says the immediate priority is to reestablish branches in the north, and many electorate officials followed Mr Harawira out of the party.

PETROBRAS BRASS HEAR GRIPES KANOHI KI TE KANOHI

Opponents of oil exploration in the Raukumara Basin hope drillers will quit the area after a kanohi ki te kanohi or face to face encounter with tangata whenua.

Representatives of Brazilian oil company Petrobras met about 200 Ngati Porou members at Hinerupe Marae in Te Araroa at the weekend.

Ani Pahuru Huriwai from Ahi Ka Action Group spokesperson says the nine seemed moved by what they heard, and they were not made to feel welcome.

The hui overwhelmingly pledged to continue the fight against exploration and drilling off the East Cape.

NEW ONLINE JOURNAL IN TE REO MAORI

A new online journal has been created to allow academics to debate issues in te reo Maori.

The first issue of Te Kotihitihi - Nga Tuhinga Reo Maori will be launched on Thursday at Waikato University’s Kingitanga Day.

Co-editor Korohere Ngapo of Ngati Tamatera and Ngati Porou says the journal was created in response to the difficulties Maori experience trying to publish original research on the language.

The first issue contains papers on language revitalisation, history, tikanga and matauranga Maori, as well as a haka written for Te Matatini.

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