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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Greens backing Maori institutions

The Green's Maori affairs spokesperson Metiria Turei says Maori issues were one of the key reasons the party has ruled out supporting a National-led government.

She says Maori issues played a key role in their deliberations before they released their preference for a post-election partner at a press conference in Wellington today.

“We're looking to see how far they’re going to advance the Green Party kaupapa and in terms of Maori issues in particular whether they are going to fix the inequities in the treaty settlement process, whether they are going to ensure ongoing Maori representation in Parliament and whether they’re committed to independent Maori institutions like for example a Maori justice system,” Ms Turei says.

She says knowing how a party will act after the election allows voters to cast their ballots strategically.

However she says support for Labour would be conditional on key concessions in post-election talks


The settlement of a longstanding treaty claim with the Otaki based Te Wananga o Raukawa for $50.6 million has been welcomed as recognition of by the Crown of the Wananga's ability to manage rangatiratanga.

Wananga spokesperson Whatarangi Winiata says the settlement puts the wananga on equal footing with other tertiary institutions.

“I think that it is that we here at the wananga are learning to manage rangatiratanga and I think for us this is fair to say an expression of managing tino rangatariatanga as provided for in Te Tiriti of Waitangi,” Professor Winiata says.

The money will be used for building work, updating equipment and offsetting risks into the future.


Contrary of public perception South Aucklanders love the place.

That's the finding of a Customer Focus study by Manukau City Council according to chief executive Leigh Auton.

Leigh Auton says the community is very upset about the way the area is portrayed by people outside the area who don't really know what it is like to live in South Auckland.


The Executive Officer of the national Urban Maori Authorities says religious belief is not a barrier to the successful delivery of social service programmes to Maori.

John Tamihere, who also heads West Auckland based Te Whanau O Waipareira Trust says an application by an arm of the Destiny Church, for ratification as an urban Maori authority is being discussed at a special meeting of the NUMA executive council tonight.

He says while there may be some surprise at Destiny's wish to become an urban authority, of more importance is their ability to deliver, accountability, transparency and that they have an appropriate constitution.

“Is their kaupapa on the same kaupapa as us in lifting the performance of our people out of their difficulties. A number of boxes are ticked straight away, so you start asking why should we be prejudicial solely because their kaupapa is more based on bibilical matters and church based matters,” Mr Tamihere says.

He says it's timely that Destiny has put its hand up as NUMA wants to build capacity to be one of the most powerful confederated organisations in the Maori world.


National's a no-go ... and while Labour is the Green party's preferred coalition partner after the election the deal is far from done with Maori issues likely to be a key consideration.

Greens Maori affairs spokesperson Metiria Turei from the says while they announced today that they won’t be supporting National.

Labour still has to assure them that they have enough policies in common to warrant a Green's endorsement... either in, or out, of a coalition.

“The key issues will be protecting low income people from the ravages of the recession. For Maori this is crucial. This means investing in housing, building more homes particularly in rural areas where Maori housing is no appalling. It also means making sure there is hob security and investment in real jobs, not just work for the dole,” Ms Turei says

Knowing how a party will act after the election allows voters to caste their ballots strategically.


The Maori mid-field pairing of Benji Marshall and Thomas Leuluai is getting the thumbs up after the Kiwi league team outclassed Tonga 56-8 over the weekend.

Richie Barnett... who represented the Kiwis at the 1995 and 2000 world cups... says the mid-field combination... usually a problem area for the Kiwis... looked sharp.

He says the players outside Benji Marshall will need to use the time before the World Cup to adapt to his unpredictability which is one of his great strengths but needs those around him knowing what he is up to.
The team now head to Australia for the World Cup.


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