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Friday, October 31, 2008

Hope still in Te Aute talks

One of the negotiators for Te Aute College says a settlement is still possible to the Hawkes Bay Maori boarding school's long-running claims.

Te Aute Trust Board has sent a letter to the Prime Minister pulling out of talks because of frustration at a lack of progress.

The board says Te Aute and sister school Hukarere are economically unsustainable because the sold off or leased out the land given in 1855 for their upkeep.

Negotiator Neville Baker says some progress was made since Treaty negotiations minister Michael Cullen visited the school in April, but not enough to satisfy everyone on the board.

“The people that we’re representing and the supporters of Te Aute and Hukarere are frustrated by the length of time it’s taking and we’re also finding difficulty making sure we can maintain the momentum to get a final conclusion to what is in a fact a 100 year old problem. The way forward should still be kept open,” Mr Baker says.

The government wants to see improvements to the school and its governance before it will tackle the problem of the endowment lands, but it has so far failed to come up with money for upgrading facilities and boosting student numbers.


Meanwhile, a Northland iwi chair is warning tough economic times could again be used as an excuse for putting treaty settlements on the back burner.

Haami Piripi from Te Rarawa says iwi in Muriwhenua have waited decades for justice.

He says while there has been progress over the past year, with Te Rarawa offered a partial settlement, a lot could depend on global economic conditions.

“We're probably gonna be asked to carry the burden of New Zealand’s economic crisis and put our claims on the back burner for a while until our country’s able to afford them and once again we’re in a situation of having to carry the nation. We’ve done this generation after generation,” Mr Piripi says.


Ngati Kuri is mourning kuia Nina Subritsky, who died on Tuesday in her home at Houhora in the far north.

Mrs Subritsky's 100th birthday in August drew more than 600 relatives and descendants to Waiora Marae in Ngataki.

Many of them will be back this morning for her funeral service.

Grand-nephew Waitai Petera says she was a source of strength and support to the iwi.

Mrs Subritsky and her husband Arthur spent most of their lives around Ngataki, joining the migration from Te Hapua during the depression to work in forestry jobs, then dairy farming in the 1940s.

Nina Subritsky is survived by three of her 10 children.

E te tupuna whaea more mai i roto i te ariki


The impact of the foreshore and seabed as an election issue could be blunted by an event in Wellington this morning.

Ngati Porou representatives are gathering at Parliament to sign an agreement recognising the East Coast tribe's territorial customary rights to its takutai moana.

Runanga chair Apirana Mahuika says there will be 48 signatories to the agreement, representing all the significant whanau and hapu along the coast.

He says Ngati Porou still owns much of the land next to the coast.
Once legislation is passed, Ngati Porou's mana over the foreshore will be taken into account in consent processes under the Resource Management Act and Marine Reserves Act, and the iwi will be consulted on fisheries and conservation issues.


A far North iwi is pointing the finger at the Far North District Council for sewage contamination of seafood beds.

Victor Holloway, the environment manger of Te Runanga A iwi o Ngati Kahu, says two recent spills caused by equipment faults have contaminated kaimoana at Parapara, just north of Taipa.

He says Doubtless Bay residents deserve a better sewage treatment system, and the community is outraged at delays in getting the problem fixed.

He says the council should improve screening of the sewage residue, and explore land based disposal options rather than pumping material into rivers.

He hopes to hear from the council next week on plans to address the problem.


Te Rarawa is hoping manuka honey will be a sweet investment for the tribe.

The Far North iwi is teaming up with Watson & Son and Enterprise Northland to train up to 200 bee-keepers over the next five years.

Runanga chairperson Haami Piripi says the region has large areas of manuka scrub.

The venture believes honey produced in the rohe could show high levels of UMF or unique manuka factor which makes it suitable for the lucrative biomedical market.

Mr Piripi says Te Rarawa has known about the medicinal properties of manuka for generations.

He says Maori people have tried to extract oil from manaku, but are now switching to the honey that comes from the manuka.

Watson & Son is providing half a million dollars in seed funding, and graduates will be bonded to the firm for a set period.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

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