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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Mangere sculptures destroyed

A leading Maori sculptor is wary of installing his work in Mangere Bridge after the destruction of a colleague's works.

Gordon Toi Hadfield and George Nuku were commissioned by the Mangere Bridge Business Association and Manukau City Council to produce works for their south Auckland suburb.

Mr Hadfield says Mr Nuku's two works have already been smashed.

He says it appears there are people who don't want the pieces with strong Maori themes on display.

“It really is just a small ngangara that’s chewing away at the core there so I think once these people can grow some nuts so we can talk to them and try and discuss some sort of outcome the better but as far as I know they’re quite happy to stay inside and voice their opinions in the darkness rather than come out in the light,” Mr Hadfield says.

His work is still sitting in his driveway ready for installation, and is attracting favourable interest from many non-Maori residents.


Throw the book at them.

That's the response of the head of Aotearoa Fisheries' paua operations to the arrest of dozens of people involved in paua poaching.

Two dozen Mongrel Mob members and associated as well as business people and restaurateurs in Wellington and Auckland were arrested yesterday, and at least 10 more people were arrested today in what Fisheries Ministry enforcement is calling Operation Paid.

Dean Moana says in previous such cases, the courts haven't treated poaching as seriously as the industry and the ministry do.

“Most people who have been charged, especially from an organised ring like the one that has been busted here, have generally got away with very light penalties, so the action the ministry has taken needs to be backed up by some quite strong enforcement by the law, imprisonment and maximum fines up to $200,000. We need to send a strong signal,” Mr Moana says.

The illegal activity threatens the livelihood of legitimate quota holders such as Aotearoa, which manages Maori fishers settlement assets.


An exhibition in Whangarei is trying to turn around negative stereotypes about teenage mums.

The Real Story at the Old Library features photos taken by teen mums of their children and family life.

Lily Mokaraka, a student at He Mataariki School for teen parents who has a 19 month old boy, says it has given the young mothers a lift in confidence.

She says it's a daily struggle for them to be good parents, get an education and make ends meet.

“It was helping to prove our point as teen parents that we are responsible and that we are like other parents, no matter the age difference, what other people go through, we go through. We’re showing the stories of what goes on behind the scenes instead of people judging us by what they see,” Ms Mokaraka says.

The Real Story was organised by Manaia Primary Health Organisation and Te Ora Hou for Youth Week.


Winter has come early to the Counties Manukau District Health Board.
Bernard Te Paa, the DHB's general manager of Maori health, says the presure usually comes on in July and August.

But Middlemore and other hospitals are already full to capacity with winter ailments, and there's no sign of demand abating.

He says whanau could help by using general practitioners and primary health care services, rather than putting off treatment until people are so sick they need to be admitted to hospital.

An Otago University study has found an increases in preventable circulatory and respiratory illnesses and infectious diseases causes an increase of 1600 deaths in the four winter months, one of the highest seasonal variations in developed countries.


The designer of a programme to improve knowledge of Ngai Tahu history says it's hitting the mark with Christchurch students.

Melanie Riweai Couch developed Kahukura with help from the Ngai Tahu Fund.

The former teacher says so far three schools in the city have adopted it as a way to teach Maori history and encourage students to research Ngai Tahu-related topics.

“All of the content relates to Ngai Tahu culture and identity. It’s a programme that we’ve put together for schools and whanau to give them some solid resources but it is all Ngai Tahu centric. So it’s appropriate for Ngai Tahu students, but it’s also appropriate for Maori students and other non-Maori students who are living in Ngai Tahu,” Ms Couch says.

The Kahukura programme can be adapted for use in other rohe.


A Taranaki hiphop artist is rejecting the gangster tag that comes with much of the music.

Ash Hughes is calling himself MC Ethical, and says he lives by the three words ethics, honesty and loyalty.

The former Taranaki Young Achievers Award winner and has just released his first album, recorded over the past two years in New York.

He says it was a great place to hone his craft.

“I'd get up in the morning and get set for the day and I’d be walking around Brooklyn with my ipod on listening to a lot of East Coast hip hop and you really get a true understanding of where their lyrics come from. It was an amazing feeling, especially for a Maori boy from back home,” Hughes says.

The Ages Turn album was a tribute to a close friend who committed suicide.


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