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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Training for hikoi

Papakura Maori are organising a unique form of hikoi transport planning to take the train into Auckland city next Monday for the anti-Auckland super city protest.

A spokesperson for the Papakura hikoi contingent Natasha Kendall says they expect over a thousand people to attend a hikoi in Papakuru from 8.30 am with about half them coming into Britomart to March up Queen Steet.

She says the organisers have asked ARTA to put on extra carriages on the regular 10.05am and 10.20am trains to take the pressure off.

There will also be buses for kaumatua.

Natasha Kendall says while the issue of Maori representation is important to Maori she is expecting others to join because of Papakura's loss of independence with the super city.


One of New Zealand’s most fondly remembered Maori policemen, Papa Nathan, has died.

He was a brother to former All Black Whaka Nathan.

Kingi Ihaka, who spent many years in the force as a senior constable and detective in South Auckland where Papa Kingi spent much of his time says he was an inspiration.

“No longer do you see the kind of policeman that Papa depicted; the plod walking the beat with a friendly hand helping children across the crossing, helping old ladies where to buy the choicest cuts of meat, the tasks policemen today no longer do. Papa did all that,” Mr Ihaka says.

Papa Nathan is lying in state at Mamari Marae in Northland and will be buried on Friday.


Manuwatu Red Cross is attempting to find out the history and connections of a 167 year old Maori Bible before putting it up for sale.

Red Cross Volunteer Basil Poll says the New Testament bible which has its front and back covers missing and no spine turned up in a box of books donated for the Red Cross's 20th Annual Palmerston North book sale

“It’s valuable as treasure, as taonga itself, apart from any monetary value it has. It belongs somewhere, and it would be good if it could be restored somewhere it belongs,” Mr Poff says.

There are a number of hard to read names in the book and indications that it came from the Kaikoura area but a Maori person who took the Bible south was unable to find anyone connected with it.


New Zealand Maori council spokesman Maanu Paul says pakeha should not be allowed to sell riparian rights which give them ownership of foreshore land but the same condition should not apply to Maori.

Reacting to a proposal by the Greens that the Maori Land Act be amended to stop Maori selling foreshore land, Maanu Paul says this would interfere with Maori tino rangatiratanga rights under the Treaty of Waitangi.

“A mere 2 kilometers away from me at West End, Ohope Pakeha have title all the way to the foreshore and seabed. Are their titles going to be fettered and shackled in the same way. I think theirs should be because Pakeha are renowned for trading off assets, but Maori aren't,” Mr Paul says.

He says Maori do not sell of their assets which is demonstrated by the fact that land has not been sold following Treaty settlements.


The future of traditional Maori artforms has received further strengthening with a partnership between the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute and the Waiariki Institute of Technology.

Te Taru White, chief executive of Te Puia, says A Memorandum of Understanding between the two schools will help ensure the ongoing development of toi Maori through a feeder programme from Waiariki into Te Puia's diploma in Whakairo Rakau, or Mastery in Carving.

“It really gives a high standard of application, they are more prepared, and that’s a great thing. To have an institution beside us feeding in to our place students who are already well grounded and prepared for what they may expect and given an overview of art forms, art practices, and when they come here we can provide our frameworks to them,” Mr White says.

Te Puia is the only school in the country which trains carvers in the eight traditional styles of Maori carving, rather than generic styles taught in other places.

The New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute was established in 1963 to ensure that the ancient arts of Maori would never be lost. Since then, the institute has trained more than 150 master carvers who have been instrumental in the creation and restoration of more than 40 meeting houses.


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