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Friday, April 08, 2011

Piripi turns down chance to take on Harawira

The chair of Northland's Te Rarawa iwi has turned down an approach to stand for the Maori Party in Tai Tokerau against independent Hone Harawira.

Haami Piripi says many members are unhappy the Maori Party is seen to have abandoned the north, and they want to rip up the non-compete agreement made with Mr Harawira.

He says with the alliance of four Muriwhenua iwi in the final stages of negotiating a treaty settlement, the time was not right to take on his former fellow protester.

He is committed to the idea the Maori Party should have a national presence.


Maori Party whip Te Ururoa Flavell says the government's $500 million bail-out of AMI insurance is in keeping with the spirit of whanauangatanga seen throughout the response to the Christchurch earthquakes.

Mr Flavell says the response by iwi and others shows New Zealander are not going to turn their backs on people affected by the disaster.

“We've seen that demonstration of that whananugatanga in the last couple of months and this sort of move by the government is along the same lines of whanau supporting whanau and one could say that New Zealand is a whanau when it comes to catastrophies,” he says.


An exhibition by leading Maori artist Robert Jahnke and his colleagues and students is attracting large audiences to the new Mangere Arts Centre.

Director James Pinker says many of those turning up were students when Mr Jahnke taught at Mangere College, before he headed south to head up Te Putahi a Toi school of Maori studies at Massey University in Palmerston North.

He says a catalogue of the show, which also includes work by Shane Cotton, Rachel Rakena, Jacob Davy and others, will be launched at 2 tomorrow afternoon with Jahnke speaking about the work.


Hundreds of people have been through Omahu Marae in Hastings over the past couple of days to pay tribute to Tuahine Joe Northover, who died on Wednesday at the age of 83.

Jeremy McLeod, the director of te reo and tikanga for Ngati Kahungunu Incorporated, says Mr Northover came originally from Te Whanau a Rakairoa hapu of Ngati Porou in Waipiro Bay.

After moving to the hawkes by in the 1950s, he served on many tribal and community groups and became one of Ngati Kahungunu's leading orators.

The funeral service for Joe Northover is at 11 am tomorrow at Omahu Marae.


A research programme which tries to measure whether respiratory illness in Maori infants can be cut by getting whanau not to smoke around babies is off to a positive start.

Whanau worker Eseta Nicholls says the 12-month Te Piripohotanga project now has more than the 200 mothers they needed on board to get robust data.

She says the smoking reduction part of the project is going well, with many mothers or their partners reducing or quitting smoking.

If the cost-effectiveness of the approach is provide, Te Piripohotanga ‘s backers will push for it to be more widely adopted in Maori health.


One of the largest ever exhibitions of ancient taonga and contemporary Maori art opens at Te Papa Tongarewa tomorrow.

Rhonda Paku, the national museum's senior curator for matauranga Maori, says E tu Ake - Standing Strong will run until June, when it starts its international tour.

She says it's great to see the work of artists like Shane Cotton, Robyn Kahukiwa, Lisa Reihana, and Fiona Pardington showcase alongside traditional work.

E tu Ake will open in Paris in October as the first step in a four year international tour.


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