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Friday, June 17, 2011

Role models to counter attacks on teachers

The president of the Secondary Principals' Association, Partick Walshe, says the answer to students assaulting teachers in low decile schools is more Maori and Pasifika teachers.

A teacher was assaulted and injured by a student at decile 1 Southern Cross Campus in Mangere last week.

Mr Walsh says when he taught at neighbouring De La Salle College, he saw the respect that Maori and Pacific Island teachers automatically attain with pupils.

He says many students come from dysfunctional homes, and the presence of such teachers gives them role models.

Patrick Walsh says he'd like to see more scholarships to encourage Maori and Pacific Islanders to enter the teaching profession.


A trust which runs anti-violence programmes for Maori and Pacific men feels short-changed by a new funding formula.

166 organisations are sharing the $13 million set aside in budget for family violence services.

Friendship House Trust director Vicky Sykes says her south Auckland-based roopu got $80,000, which is half what it got under the previous formula.

Friendship House is still waiting for clarification on what the money can be spent on.


Te Tai Tokerau candidate Hone Harawira says he's confident he can stand up against the Labour clobbering machine.

Mr Harawira is disputing a Maori Television poll putting him only a whisker ahead of Labour's candidate Kelvin Davis.

He says while Labour is trying to paint him as unreliable and untrustworthy, Maori in the north know different.

His plan for winning over the hearts and minds of voters in the final week of campaigning is to propose solutions which will help them on issues like poverty and jobs.


Greens' co-leader Meteria Turei says the planned Sky City convention centre deal shows that cash means more than the rule of law to National.

The Government is talking to the listed company about extending the licence on its Auckland casino and allowing more pokies if it carries the $350 million cost of the project.’

Metiria Turei says it's a rerun of the change to the labour laws to meet the demands of the American studio funding the Hobbit moves.

“The only difference between what National’s doing and all sorts of dodgy government around the world do is they are doing it oput in the open. Everyone in New Zealand knows they are selling off the law. But it’s immoral and it's unethical,” she says.

Ms Turei says the number of Maori problem gamblers has jumped sharply since the casino was opened, and its expansion will make things worse.


Labour Maori affairs spokesman Parekura Horomia wants to see programmes put together to help Christchurch Maori households face the future.

The Ikaroa Rawhiti MP says the greatest suffering seems to be in places like Aranui, which have high Maori populations.

He says this many have become even more demoralised by this week's earthquakes, and they need a way to get the minefield of rebuilding.

Mr Horomia says the Government is failing to provide the sort of clear and timely leadership that would help Christchurch people make decisions and get on with their lives.


A six time finalist in the Pikihuia Awards for Maori writers says a good story comes from the heart.

Ann French of Tauranga has two entries in contention this year.

Her novel extract is about solo parents whose children encounter problems with gangs and drugs, while her short story, Treading on Eggshells, is about the confrontation when a mother finds out her son is using drugs.

The Pikihuia winner will be announced August 27, with the finalists published in Huia Short Stories 9.


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