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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Ngati Whatua harbouring big ambitions

Ngati Whatua say they have big assets to bring to the table for their settlement negotiations.

The iwi which stretches from the Manukau Harbour to Tutamoe signed their terms of negotiation yesterday and say a deed document will be signed within a year.

Ngati Whatua spokesperson Tame Te Rangi says major resources within the Ngati Whatua tribal area will be their best playing cards.

“The Kaipara Harbour, Mangawhai Harbour, Whangarei Harbour and Waitemata Harbour, those are probably the significant areas that will be on the table in working through a process that probably amounts to co-management knowing full well that the Kaipara Harbour especially was left out of the Sealord negotiations and settlement, it’s clearly a big part of the estate of Ngati Whatua as it were,” Mr Te Rangi says.

Tame Te Rangi says interest in potential electricity operations in the form of underwater-turbines has been expressed for an area of the Kaipara Harbour.

Treaty Negotiations Minister Michael Cullen says the negotiations were a chance to settle the overall iwi's remaining claims.

He says it is important that the final remaining claims of Ngati Whatua will all now be progressing to settlement.

Dr Cullen says once achieved, it would be another step on the road to meeting the Government's historic treaty settlements deadline on 2020.


The Green Party say concentrating on the party vote eliminates small political party problems.

Green List MP Metiria Turei says problems start when small parties concentrate on getting electorate votes.

“I think that's why with Jim Anderton and Peter Dunne and Rodney Hide, as soon as they go for a seat as their primary campaign to secure them representation, they lost massive amounts of party vote.

As a small party you just don’t have the resources to run two major campaigns like that. And I think the Maori Party is suffering the same thing, because they are seeking the electorate vote, it’s very difficult for them to put resources into a party vote campaign, so we’re just choosing party vote the whole way,” Ms Turei says.

While candidates have been selected to campaign for the Maori seats they will pose as a face and a name to increase the party vote.

A party needs a minimum of 5 per cent of the total vote to get into parliament which will allow them four to five seats.


An altar cloth honouring the late Haane Manahi has finally been hung in St Faith's Anglican Church at Ohinemutu, bringing closure to efforts to have him recognised for his VC cross deserving efforts.

Two years ago Te Arawa representatives made a case to Buckingham Place for the posthumous award of a Victoria Cross to the 28 Maori Battalion lance sergeant for his actions at Takrouna Ridge in North Africa in 1943.

The award had been recommended at the time by all his field commanders, but turned down by senior British brass.

Te Awawa representative Trevor Maxwell says Queen Elizabeth determined she could not reverse a decision signed off by her late father the King, but she would honour lance sergeant Manahi's remarkable bravery by three gifts inspired by the refrain from the Maori Battalion marching song, for God! for King! and for Country!

The altar cloth represents God.

“We got a portrait of it last year but it was completed just recently and we has a ceremony yesterday which for us put a closure on the 30 years of trying to get Haane recognised with the Victoria Cross,” Mr Maxwell says.

A letter from the Queen has been hung in the Tamatekapua Meeting House "for King" and a sword belonging to his grandfather was presented last year by Prince Andrew on a visit to New Zealand "for country".


The chairman of Aotearoa Fisheries Limited says a move of the company's headquarters to Auckland will allow more to be extracted from their resources.

Robin Hapi says a move by the company set up in 2004 to manage the commercial arm of a unique pan-iwi agreement brings the corporate team closer to operations they own such as Moana Pacific and Kia Ora Seafoods.

“We want to look at growing the value of the resources that we have in our company, further consolidating the relationships that we have with our iwi shareholders. Iwi are providers of quota to the company. We believe that more value can be extracted from the resources,” Mr Hapi says.

Around 100 people attended the opening ceremony for the new head office today at the Viaduct including representatives from Tainui and Ngati Whatua.


Maori rugby league legend Ruben Wiki has announced his retirement.

The former Kiwi captain, who has a Samoan and Nga Puhi whakapapa, announced today that he was hanging up his boots... despite having the option to play in the English Super League.

Howie Tamati, a former Kiwi and the chairman of New Zealand Maori Rugby League, says Ruben is a truly impressive player and man who should have no trouble adjusting to life after rugby league.

“He's articulate and he’s got aspirations and prepared to train to develop skills around personal training, so I’m sure both he and his wife Sandra will be in huge demand from that perspective,” Mr tamati says.

The 35-year-old prop had a fairytale finish to his playing career, captaining the All Golds to victory the New Zealand Maori team in Taranaki over the weekend, and running 70 metres to score the final try of the game.


A stalwart of the Te Arawa Kapa haka scene says there is an intensity in practice as the groups nominated to represent the rohe shape up for next year's Matatini nationals in Tauranga.

Trevor Maxwell says there is a sense of excitement among the performers who are putting in long hours of practice to be at their best for the competitions being hosted by Mataatua.

“Four of our groups from here have qualified, Te Matarae o Rehu, Manaia, Tuhourangi-Ngati Wahiao, and Nga Uri o Te Whanua, and they’re rehearsing now and building up for the February 19 competitions in Tauranga, and there’s an air of excitement and wanting to be back and part of the whanau again,” Mr Maxwell says.

With Te Arawa teams absent from the last few nationals, there's a new enthusiasm to showcase Te Arawa traditional performing arts.


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