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Friday, December 24, 2010

Settlement saves inquiry cost

Waitangi Tribunal member Sir Doug Kidd says the $110 Ngati Porou settlement saves the tribunal the cost of running a major inquiry.

The former Maori affairs minister was not on the panel set down to hear the claims, but he was at parliament on Wednesday to witness the signing of the deed negotiated by Te Runanga on Ngati Porou.

He says like the Tainui settlement, it’s possible to resolve treaty grievances without going through the full tribunal process.

“That’s another case of what was going to be a major tribunal inquiry made necessary because parties have progressed through to acceptance of a deal and it was lovely to be there really as a spectator for something of a triumph for those people,” Sir Doug says.

Meanwhile, Te Aitanga a Hauiti claimants are refusing to accept their claims should be included in the Ngati Porou settlement, and say they want a separate hearing.


A researcher says into child homicide says poverty is a common factor in abuse cases.

Rawiri Taonui stepped down as head of Maori and ethnic studies at Canterbury University to finish a book on the subject.

He says recent cases such as the sadistic abuse of a Waitakere 9-year-old and the death this week of a Hawkes Bay 5-year-old fit with a historical pattern linking economic hardship to family violence.

“During the 1990s after the impact of Rogernomics, Maori child homicide increased hugely, but as the country went through an economic recovery in the early part of this century Maori child homicide was dropping faster than the decline in the overall rate,” Mr Taonui says.


Former world discuss champion Beatrice Faumuina says the door is open to Maori who want to be part of a new initiative aimed at developing leaders.

The 36-year-old Olympian has been chosen to head the Best Pasifika Leadership Academy and Charitable foundation, a spin-off from a long established south Auckland private training establishment.

She says the new leadership diploma will challenge students individually, as well as focus on culture and team work.

She says Maori and Pasifika people love working in groups, and the programme uses that to its advantage.


Mangai board Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples is expecting some fresh thinking from his new appointees to the Maori broadcast funding agency.

Academic and former bureaucrat Piri Sciascia from Ngati Kuhungunu becomes the chair of Te Mangai Paho, replacing former Maori Women’s Welfare League president Jacqui Te Kani.

He will be joined by educationalist Toni Waho, former broadcasters Hinemoa Elder and Gabrielle Huria, and business consultant Taria Tahana, with Gina Rangi the only carry-over from the previous board.
Dr Sharples says the decisions of Rev Maurice Gray and Parekawhia McLean to decline reappointment paved the way for a comprehensive change.

“Once people have done a couple of seasons it’s good to introduce somebody else to give them a turn, because there’s a lot of people who’re on boards and they’re the same people who go from board to board but that’s fine but most of them I’ve replaced have doen at least two terms,” Dr Sharples says.


The director of Maori child advocacy organisation Te Kahui Mana Ririki says whanau ora may be the great hope for stopping domestic violence in the Maori community.

Anton Blank says Maori need to step in when they see the kind of abuse meted out to a 9-year-old Waitakere girl whose parents are now up on charges.

He says it’s a textbook case of what can go wrong under the existing social service delivery models.

“We’re getting the same lessons from this case. I guess in terms of whanau ora, there is hope in that in terms of developing wraparound services and closing the gaps,” Mr Blank says.


Academic Rawiri Taonui is swapping his laptop for a pair of mountain hiking boots over the summer.

The Christchurch based educator is taking a break from his research on traditional Maori child rearing practices to retrace the footsteps of Rakaihautu.

The Ngai Tahu ancestor is believed to have walked from Nelson to Bluff and back to Banks Peninsula, leaving the great southern lakes in his footprints.

Rawiri Taonui says this summer’s leg will include about 500km of the 3000km route, and take in the mountains behind Kaikoura and south of Mt Aspiring.


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