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Friday, June 03, 2011

Broadband group sets priorities

A member of the new national Maori broadband group Nga Pu Waea says an initial meeting with Telecom and Vodafone has given members a glimpse of the scale of the challenge.

Antony Royal says the group appointed by Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples wants to make sure as many Maori as possible are connected to the urban ultra fast broadband or the rural broadband, at an affordable price.

“The third area we want to talk about is jobs and training and skills development, and the fourth area is starting to talk about once we get the infrastructure, what are we going to be doing. What are the opportunities that then allow us to use that infrastructure for health or education or any other type of activities,” Mr Royal says.

Nga Pu Waea will meet regularly with the companies rolling out broadband to ensure Maori concerned are heard.

MAORI A PRIORITY IN INEQUITY CAMPAIGN

The Council of Christian Social Services is making Maori a priority in its new Closer Together Whakatata Mai campaign against income inequality.

Executive officer Trevor McGlinchey says inequality is changing the country for the worse, but it's not inevitable.

He says Maori are often the first to feel the effects of wage distortions and closing down of opportunity.

“We're very concerned with the impacts of inequality on Maori and so we had Bishop Muru Walters start our Whatatata Mai project with karakia and we’ve had ongoing engagement with our Christian Maori communities to support this project and help roll it out into their communities,” Mr McGlinchey says.

Whakatata Mai will encoruage people to write or send postcards to MPs and political candidates challenging them to take action on inequality.

EBOOKS COULD GET MAORI TITLES INTO READERS’ HANDS

The convener of judges for the New Zealand Post Book Awards says e-books could be the future of Maori language publishing.

Paul Diamond says he was concerned there were no books published in Maori for adults in either 2009 or 2010.

He's like to see material commissioned by the Education Ministry, such as a translation of the Patricia Grace novel Potiki, made available to a wider audience.

“One argument would be ‘it’s so difficult to get things written.’ If we could say here’s a body of work we can make available for people to read, with all these e-book readers and pads and digital publishing, perhaps there is potential for people to read these things on the bus or trains. We want reading in Maori to become part of our lives,” Mr Diamond says.

He's impressed with how many of the book award finalists incorporate Maori subjects and material in a confident way.

BOOT CAMP BEHAVIOURALISM UNSCIENTIFIC NONSENSE

Rethinking Crime and Punishment director Kim Workman is welcoming a report from the Government's science advisor questioning the effectiveness of wilderness training and boot camps for young offenders.

Mr Workman says many young Maori get pushed into such camps, rather than being offered more culturally responsive programmes.

He says Sir Peter Gluckman's report should allow policy makers to look at the science rather than make decisions based on gut feeling and anecdote.

“People go to the graduation ceremonies and they’re blown away by these kids who really look smart, they’re all shiny and all dressed up and eager to make a difference in their lives and then they’re released back into their communities who are totally dysfunctional and the belief you can change someone’s behaviour in three months when that behaviour has been formed over 16 years is a nonsense,” Mr Workman says.

BURMAN WHO CHANGED GANGS MOURNED

Maori have been given a chance to farewell a former Burmese judge who dedicated much of his life to helping gang members reintegrate into society.

Bill Maung died this week in his late 90s.

Gang liaison worker Denis O'Reilly says Mr Maung held that the world's problems could be solved by education ... but quit the teaching job he got when he migrated to New Zealand because he said he wanted to be an educator.

“He was instrumental in the Black Power’s move against rape. Along with Ray Harris, he started up the Whanganui a Tara Maori Committee utilising systems and structures that were available. He mixed it with people like Muldoon and co. So at one end he was a high level thinker and operator and at the other end he would work with people right on the ground,” Mr O'Reilly says.

Bill Maung will be taken on to Pipitea Marae tomorrow morming before returning to his home in Stokes Valley for a private service.

WAIROA FILM FESTIVAL SPARKING LOCAL FILMMAKING

It's Queen's Birthday Weekend, so the annual Wairoa Maori Film Festival is in full swing.

Organiser Leo Koziol says three quarters of the films being shown on marae in Wairoa and Nuhaka are made by Maori, and more than 40 filmmakers have come together to share ideas and pass on tips to aspiring writers and directors.

He says he's thrilled the festival is encouraging people from the region to try their hand, such as Kararaina Rangihau whose short film on Tuhoe composer Mihi-ki-te-kapua is a festival highlight.

“We really want to build on that example and make more local stories on screen here in Nuhaka and here in Wairoa,” Mr Koziol says.

Tomorrow night's awards ceremony will include a new Mana Wahine award to acknowledge the contributions of Maori women in film and television.

3 Comments:

Blogger marangamai said...

Maori Party lied about abuse thrown at them it was the Maori Party whom gave insult and abuse by cursing "get a life" and "bullshit" to the youth in Kaitaia says Mereana who heard the Maori Party say these words as she stood by them.
SHAME

10:59 PM  
Blogger marangamai said...

Maori Party wrong about abuse thrown at them it was the Maori Party whom gave insult and abuse by cursing "get a life" and "bullshit" to the youth in Kaitaia says Mereana who heard the Maori Party say these words as she stood in close proximity by them.
SHAME is this the future of disrespect.
Mereana was sadden to hear such korero coming from two people whom hold high positions in the Maori Party

11:09 PM  
Blogger marangamai said...

Maori Party wrong about abuse thrown at them it was the Maori Party whom gave insult and abuse by cursing "get a life" and "bullshit" to the youth in Kaitaia says Mereana who heard the Maori Party say these words as she stood in close proximity by them.
SHAME is this the future of disrespect.
Mereana was sadden to hear such korero coming from two people whom hold high positions in the Maori Party

11:09 PM  

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