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Sunday, August 13, 2006

Arawa deal divides tribe - Flavell

The MP for Waiariki, Te Ururoa Flavell says last week’s $34 million settlement between the Crown and Nga Kauhautu o Te Arawa has caused deep divisions within the Tribe.

The draft settlement includes the return of many significant sites and the option for Te Arawa to buy large tracts of central North island Crown forest land.

Some Arawa Confederation members refused to join Nga Kaihautu, and Mr Flavell says the Crown's process is flawed.

“It's appropriate that significant sites come back to Te Arawa, I have no problem with that, but what we in the Maori Party have been very concerned about is the process used by the Crown to get settlements at all costs, and the cost of that has been splits in out whanau, hapu and iwi across the whole. confederation,” Flavell said.

Te Ururoa Flavell says settlements represent just a fraction of the value of what tribes lost.


The Council of Trade Unions says investing in Maori youth is the key to further reducing Maori unemployment rates.

March quarter figures show Maori unemployment dropped from 8.7 percent to 8.2 percent, while overall unemployment dropped three points to 3.6 percent.

CTU president Ross Wilson says while the overall figures mare down, the number of young Maori unemployed is rising.

Mr Wilson says they need more targeted training.

“The unemployment rate has come down, and it has come down quite dramatically for Maori workers because there are programmes to assist people into employment, there are programmes the help people into training, and we need more of that,” Wilson said.

Ross Wilson says the lower unemployment rates show Wayne Mapp's Probationary Employment Bill, which would take away workers rights for the first 90 days in a job, is based on false assumptions.


Senior Maori artists were in Wellington on Saturday night, to receive awards from Te Waka Toi , the Maori arts board of Creative New Zealand.

Te Waka Toi chairperson Ngahuia Te Awekotuku says the recipients have spent years contributing to the cultural and social wellbeing of their communities.

Five kaumatua received the Kingi Ihaka Award for a lifelong contributions to the development and retention of maori arts and culture.

They were Peggy Kaua from Ngati Porou, for her work in Maori performing arts and weaving, Rangitihi Tahuparae, a renowned orator and translator in Parliament, Sophie Keefe from Ngati Kahungunu, for her work with the Mohaka community, Henare Kingi, for his services to Maori radio, and Rik Tau from Ngai Tuahuriri, for his promotion of Ngai Tahu culture.

Robyn Bargh, who set up Huia Publishers 15 years ago, received Te Tohu Toi ke, the inaugural award recognising an individual making a positive impact on the retention of Maori culture.


The Public Service Association intends to target Maori organisations for members.

Rawhiti Moses, the outgoing convenor of the union's Runanga, says many Maori and iwi organisations claim they don't have the funds to give staff all the benefits they are entitled to.

Mr Moses says PSA Maori delegates regularly hear from non-members who say they have no support in their workplaces, or they can't find out what conditions they can expect.

“We find out from ex-PSA Maori delegates or Maori workers who say hey, my iwi is doing this, and we have all these kaimahi who are not protected or not this, so we are trying to answer those calls from people who have been part of the PSA,” Moses said.

Rawhiti Moses says the PSA Runanga is establishing what services it will be able to offer iwi workers.


Waiariki MP Te Ururoa Flavell says many old people are settle their Treaty of Waitangi claims too cheaply because they don't want their mokopuna to have to continue the fight.

Mr Flavell says some elders have spent their entire lives fighting tribal claims over breaches of the treaty.

He says it's a huge weight to carry, and is leading to fresh injustices.

“Our people get to a point of time when they get really hoha with dealing with the Crown, and say let’s take this amount of money, and yet it is well known and acknowledged by all parties that you will never get more than 3 percent, generally accepted about 1 percent of the value of your claim,” Flavell said.

Te Ururoa Flavell says the latest settlement of Te Arawa claims will create divisions in the tribe because of the way it was conducted.


A Ngapuhi man who has been broadcasting in te re maori in Wellington for over two decades, was one of 5 kaumatua to recieved awards over the weekend, for their contribution to the development and retention of maori arts and culture.

The Award ceremony for Te Waka Toi, the maori arm of Creative New Zealand, was held in the capital on Saturday night.

Henare Kingi hosts the breakfast programme on Te Upoko O te Ika, and was one of five kaumatua who recieved the Kingi Ihaka Award for their lifelong contribution to maori communities.

He says the focus on te reo maori hasn't changed in the 2 decades he's worked on maori radio in Wellington.

“Being with Te Upoko o Te Ika for 20 long years, and that’s just about when Maori radio started. Te Upoko, being the first Maori radio station to go to air, we haven’t changed since we started - we are trying to korero te reo Maori for the whole time we are on air,” Kingi said.


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