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Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Marine bill opening door for oil exploration

Greens co-leader Meteria Turei says the Marine and Coastal Areas (Takutai Moana) Bill has opened the door for a company linked to last year's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to prospect in New Zealand waters.

Acting Energy minister Hekia Parata has announced Texas-based Anadarko, which owned 25 percent of BP's doomed Deep Horizon rig, has a licence to drill in waters off Canterbury and Taranaki

Ms Turei says that's why the Government rushed through the Maori party-backed legislation.

“This is the direct result of the marine and coastal legislation. This is what it was designed for and it settled law for the government so it could then sell off our marine environments to oil companies who have been waiting clearly just offshore to get a bite o the oil resources in New Zealand,” she says.

Ms Turei says awarding the license is crazy because no company they can drill safely at the depths envisaged.

NO LONG TERM PREDICTION FOR TE ROOPU MANA

Prime Minister John Key doesn't believe Hone Harawira's Mana movement will be a long term presence in the New Zealand political landscape.

He says the Tai Tokerau MP hasn't got the discipline to be both an MP and the leader of a parliamentary party.

“It’s just not going to work with Hone. He’s well intentioned and all that but at the end of the day he just doesn’t have that disciple. We’ve seen it before and it won’t last. He’s just a one man shop. He might win Te Tai Tokerau but over the long haul it will blow up, like a whole lot of other parties have before it,” Mr Key says it's hard for a personality-led party to make it, as has been seen with New Zealand First.

Meanwhile, Hone Harawira says after discussions with the Speaker and the Electoral Commission, he intends to consult further with his staff and with the people of Tai Tokerau before he makes a decision on a by-election.

MATURE FACE ON SHOW FOR STUDENT BILLBOARDS

Mature student Vicky Te Puni hopes having her face plastered on billboards throughout Auckland will encourage other people to study.

The final year Design and Visual Arts student is one of three students that Unitec is using for a series of reality-documentary shows and billboards.

Ms Te Puni says she thought she'd left it too late to study, but is now proud to be one of the faces of the campaign.

KEY DISTANCES HIMSELF FROM BRASH POSITIONING

Prime Minister John Key says he won't be going along with any extreme positions on race relations that new ACT leader Don Brash may promote.

Mr Key says Mr Brash is clearly an extremist with policies like putting interest back on student loans, increase the age of entitlement for pensions and getting rid of working for families and free doctors visits.

He says he's tried to lead a center right moderate government.

“I want to lead an inclusive New Zealand and I think I’ve demonstrated that. I formed a relationship with the Maori Party when I didn’t need it and they didn’t need to come with us and I think that’s creates a stronger New Zealand and eventually everyone leaves parliament so you got to have a legacy and I want my legacy to be one where we took New Zealand forward and race relations are in better shape at end of it,” Mr Key says.

He can work with Don Brash although he doesn't agree with him on many issues.

FOCUS ON QUAKE EFFECT ON TAMARIKI

A Christchurch whanau ora worker says tamariki in the city face a host of new problems.

Agencies and service providers are holding a whanau ora day in the eastern suburbs on Saturday to provide entertainment and advice on how parents can respond positively to their children and young people affected by the earthquake and continued aftershocks.

Tania Mataki says people outside the city may not appreciate the level of uncertainty caused by family and friends leaving, and schools and recreation facilities closing.

“Everything’s changed, their environment, the place they go to play sport, their family, their friends have moved away, and then you’ve got trauma-related issues around the earthquake and family breakdowns,” she says.

ZUMBA GROUP DYNAMICS APPEALING TO MAORI

A leading Maori Zumba exponent says the country is nuts over the South American exercise programme.

Nina-kaye Taanetinorau says it has huge appeal for Maori because it's a group thing.

She says when she worked as a gym instructor, Maori didn't respond well to individual sessions, but they function well in groups.

Ninakaye Taanetinorau is expecting a strong turn out to a series of master classes around the country this month run by Hawaiian instructor Katie Moore.

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