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Monday, July 23, 2007

Airport sale alarms hapu neighbour

A Tainui hapu which lost its land to Auckland International Airport is taking a wait and see approach to the airport's possible sale.

Dubai Aerospace wants to buy up to 60 percent of the airport company.

Sonny Rauwhero from Te Akitai says the hapu has always been the last group considered when decisions are made about its neighbour.

He says the people are concerned that as the airport gets busier, it will further affect their land and lifestyle.

“Much as I like to see those planes fly in and out, in and out, I still like to have a bit of rangimarie and peace. They say the home is your castle where you like to go home and you’ve had a good week, tauiwi’s been strapping your back with a whip and on the weekend you want to go home, you want to put your feet up and muck around with the mokopuna, and then in flies this plane, wooom, and you’ve got to shut up until it lands,” Mr Rauwhero says.

Ngati Akitai is meeting tonight to discuss its response to the Dubai takeover bid.


A Rotorua couple are developing a Maori language version of the Google Internet search.

Potaua and Nikolasa Biasiny-Tule are directing a team of volunteers translating the search pages.

Mrs Biasiny-Tule, a former lecturer at Waikato University's school of Maori and Pacific Development, says Google is open to the project.

“They actually run a free service and at the moment there’s about 117 languages you can translate the Google interface into, including some interesting ones like Klingon and Vork Vork Vork for Swedish chefs. Thankfully Tongan is in there so it just made sense that te reo Maori should be in there as well,” she says.

It’s a logical follow on to a project to create a Maori language interface to Microsoft Word.


A Ngati Kuri kaumatua says learners of te reo Maori should concentrate on the basics, rather than using words and phrases without understanding the full meaning.

E kii ana a Pineaha Murray o Te Taitokerau e tika ana kia maamaa te takoto o nga kupu i te reo aa, me maatua maarama te tangata ki aana kupu korero.

Pineaha Murray from Ngati kuri, explaining how learning te reo is a lifelong process.


Ngai Tai has withdrawn permission for the name of its ancestor Torere to be used for a controversial east Auckland cultural centre.

The decision was announced at a resource consent hearing today on the redevelopment of the whare at the Emilia Maude Nixon Garden of Memories in Howick, which was damaged by arson two years ago.

Muriwai Jones from the Ngai Tai Iwi Authority says the iwi was upset at community hostility to the presence of the whare, which had been used for Maori culture and language programmes.

She says it's no way to treat a lady, so the iwi is cloaking its tipuna whaea's name and returning her mauri to Torere in the eastern Bay of Plenty.

“To have this ahu ariki’s name of ours treated and mismanaged and uncared for in this way is just totally abhorrent to us as descendants, totally abhorrent,” Mrs Jones says.

Manukau City Council chief executive Ian Maxwell says the name will be removed from official records.


Shane Jones says Labour's Maori MPs are comfortable with the notion the party comes first.

In a debate on iwi radio this morning with Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia on iwi radio, the list MP said minority parties must learn to compromise, of they will forever be forced to operate on the fringes of government.

He says Labour's Maori MPs are prepared to accept the occasional compromise, because it ensures Maori are represented at the centre of power rather than being bystanders.
“The Maori members of Labour are first Lbour, make no mistake. Tari couldn’t handle that heat and she betrayed Labour and abandoned them. That’s fine. She’s been back to the people and the people have spoken. But the Maoris in Labour are first Labour,” Mr Jones says.

He says as 15 percent of the population, Maori can't expect to have everything go their way in politics.


Choirboys won't win the rugby world cup.

Sports commentator Ken Laban says many Maori are disappointed at the decision to leave Troy Flavell and Wainuiomata-raised Piri Weepu out of the All Black cup squad.

He says there is speculation Weepu was dropped because he broke a team curfew.

“If you're saying it’s a discipline issue because he went on Friday, well if you want perfect discipline you may as well have sent nuns and priests to the World Cup. If you’re supposed to be perfectly disciplined people get home and to bed on time. I think that’s pathetic. You pick players, based on their form, will get the job done on the field. If a player comes home late, well so what,” Mr Laban says.


Vietnam veteran Miki Apiti says if Agent Orange victims don't receive compensation soon from the Government for their pain and suffering, there won't be any left to make a noise.

E paatai ana a hoia tawhito a Miki Apiti, ahea te Kaawanatanga ka ea te mate paitini o ratou i pakanga atu ki Vietnam?


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