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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Foreshore fades as voting spir

Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia expects day to day issues like health, education and jobs will be greater influences on the way Maori vote than the foreshore and seabed.

Mrs Turia says it is hard to tell the election day impact of its support of the Marine and Coastal Area Bill, which could be passed as early as today.

She says for every email the MPs have received criticising their stand, there have been 20 commending them for standing strong and making some advances.

“The foreshore and seabed is a significant issue for us because it is about our resources, our land, and those things will always have some paramouncy in our hearts and minds, but on a day to day basis the majority of our people are more concerned about the social situation they are in,” Mrs Turia says.

The party's polling supports that view.


Meanwhile, the Maori Party's ability to address those social issues may be constrained by the costs of the Christchurch earthquake.

Prime Minister John Key has warned his support parties that the money is not there to fund their pet projects.

He says while there are no plans to cut back the whanau ora scheme for delivering social services through Maori providers, an expected boost in spending isn't going to happen either.

“There are no proposals to trim back whanau ora. The question is just how much more money goes into the programme. I think as a starting off programme it is doing well. There is a great concept behind it and Tariana is working very hard on it,” Mr Key says.

He says the only alternative to sending everyone a bill to pay for Christchurch's rebuilding is for the government to cut its own spending.


A Christchurch-based Maori academic says Christchurch City Council should follow Housing New Zealand and give its tenants a rent break.

Rawiri Taonui says many of the council's tenants are Maori.

He says state house tenants have been given a three week rent holiday, but the council seems to take the attitude if people are still living in the houses they should pay.

“In some of these situations they are living in houses where there is sewage swilling outside and there are still problems with water and things like that, so it’s maybe something the city council needs to think through a bit,” Mr Taonui says.

He says relief efforts seem to overlook the needs of the city's poorest citizens.


Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia says Maori will realise the party has done the best it could in replacing the Foreshore and Seabed Act.

The Marine and Coastal Areas - Takutai Moana - Bill is expected to be passed today, with critics saying it delivers Maori even less than the law it replaces.

But Mrs Turia says iwi know from their own historical claim negotiations how hard it is to get a fair deal.

“The fact that our various hapu and iwi take only between 1 and 3 percent of what has been taken from them, that in itself indicates the huge difficulty in negotiating with the Crown. The fact is they are the judge and the jury and the perpetrators, so very difficult position to be in,” she says.


A Taranaki provider of programmes aimed at reducing family violence programmes says locking up perpetrators does not mean the children are safe.

Ngaropi Cameron will share Tu Tama Wahine o Taranaki's methods with counsellors and social workers at today's national Whanau Ora Family Violence Fund conference in Auckland.

She says programmes need to address the lasting effects of violence on children.

“It's not just good enough to say ‘he’s in prison now so the children are safe.’ That’s the time to do some work. He’s in prison, someone will be doing some work with him hopefully, but now is the time to do some work with mum and the children. Those are the things we are looking to build on,” Ms Cameron says.

She will also explain Tu Tama Wahine's E Tu! Stand Up Against Abuse initiative.


Some of the leading Maori and Pasifika poets will share the stage with up and comers in Auckland tonight.

Emerging Verse Established at the downtown Okai Gallery features Jai MacDonald, Selina Tusitala Marsh, Courtney Meredith and Robert Sullivan, the head of Creative Writing at Manukau Institute of Technology.

The Nga Puhi and Ngai Tahu poet says the aim is to get a poetic exhange between generations.

Emerging Verse Established, which is part of the Young Writers festival, starts at 6.30.


Blogger takutaimoana4sure said...

We object to the Political Party named “The Maori Party” within the New Zealand Government, voting in support of the legislation named “The Marine and Coastal Area (Takutaimoana) Bill.

This legislation violates and breaches Maori Rights embedded in the treaty named “Te Tiriti O Waitangi” and the Declaration named “He Whakaputanga o nga Rangatira o Niu Tireni”.

We also object to the Maori Party,s continuation of support to this legislation.

Therefore,we would like to state Maori Party’s vote of support for the Marine and Coastal Area Bill DOES NOT represent our support or tautoko.

We request that the Political Party named the Maori Party cease immediately their continuation of support of the “Marine and Coastal Area(Takutaimoana) Bill, as it continues to violate and breach “Te Tiriti O Waitangi”.

For the asaid reasons given above

We request that Assent is NOT GIVEN to the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutaimoana) Bill by the Governor General of New Zealand.


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