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Thursday, August 17, 2006

Tribes start arriving for tangi

Huge crowds are expected at Ngaruawahia tomorrow for the tangihanga of the Maori queen, Dame Te Ata i Rangikaahu.

While authorities at Turangawaewae Marae were hoping the day would be confined to Waikato tribes, iwi from around the country have been making their own arrangements to get to the Tainui heartland.

Tainui spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says the marae is not trying to schedule iwi, but is prepared for whoever comes.

She says one of the reasons Turangawaewae was built was to cope with the large hui which are part of the Kingitanga calendar.

Buses are leaving from Rotorua at dawn to take Te Arawa mourners, and a large contingents is expected to arrive from Tai Tokerau iwi in the afternoon.

Ngati Porou from the East Coast and Kahungunu from Hawkes Bay will be coming through on Friday.


National Party leader Don Brash says the Maori queen's apolitical stance earned her the respect of politicians regardless of party.

Dr Brash says he had huge respect for Dame Te Ata, especially because of her apolitical approach.

Don Brash says he had huge respect for the quiet dignity Dame Te Ata brought to her role.


The chairperson of a Whangarei Marae says going smokefree is worth the effort.

Pehiaweri banned smoking six years ago, and Shirley-Ann Brown says it has led to a greater awareness of health issues.

Ms Brown said the marae whanau looked at the big picture of health,

Shirley-Ann Brown says there is considerable support in the north for Taitokerau MP Hone Harawira's pushing for more marae to declare themselves smoke free.


A prominant Maori performing arts tutor says like it or loathe it, the haka is the dance of New Zealand.

Tama Huata runs Maori Dance Theatre company Kahurangi, which has been working internationally for the past 15 years.

He says the most recognisable feature of this country to people overseas, is the haka, .

Tama Huata says people can't be too precious about protecting the intellectual property in the performing arts, because the digital age means it is easy to record and share images and performances.

meteria tangi

Green Party Maori Affairs spokesperson Metiria Turei says the Kingitanga serves as a constant reminder of the struggle by Maori for self determination.

Large crowds are expected at the Turangawawae tomorrow for the tangi of the sixth leader of the Kingitanga, Dame Te Atairangikaahu, who died on Monday.

Meteria Turei says Dame Te Ata set a great example whoever is chosen by the tribes of the Kingitangia as Te Arikinui.

"She represented a form of Maori autonomy and control over our own affairs. She is part of a long struggle for that kind of self determination. She was a living demonstration of that. It is really sad to lose her but it is great the whole process is going to continue," Turei said.

Te Arawa is expected to join mourners from around the Waikato at Ngaruawahia this morning, with Ngapuhi due in the afternoon.


Te Wananga o Aotearoa is selling its Glenview library and accommodation complex in Hamilton.

Chairperson Craig Coxhead says the complex, which cost $16 million to buy and do up three years ago, doesn't fit with the wananga's reorganisation plans.

The wananga developed the library so it could comply with New Zealand Qualification Authority requirements for state-funded tertiary institutions.

Mr Coxhead says the wananga's Hamilton operations will be consolidated into Raroera, a former hotel in Te Rapa.

"Te Awamutu will still be the head office, but the library and other services will be centralised in Raroera. Part of the reason is the space that is available in that area," Coxhead said.

Craig Coxhead says Te Wanganga o Aotearoa currently has 18 and a half thousand equivalent full time students, which is ahead of budget.


A rangatira of the Maori art scene is sharing his philosophies on the teaching of Maori art in a new book to be launched at Government House in Auckland today

Te Mauri Pakeaka by 79 year old Arnold Wilson and Dr Janinka Greenwood is a history of the programme Wilson developed for Maori and Pakeha to engage with Maori values, arts and approaches to learning, often in a marae setting.

Pakeaka affected the lives of thousands of people before its demise in the education reforms of the late 1980s.

Mr Wilson, from Ngai Tuhoe says the name came from the Maori word for reassessment.

"Pakeaka was taken from one of the old books. Where two war parties come together, they back off and reassess what they are doing. It's the same reassessment I was looking at in how we were going to introduce art into our world," Wilson said.


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