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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Horomia bucks Goff line

Labour's Maori affairs spokesman Parekura Horomia has indicated Phil Goff's blanket refusal to contemplate Hone Harawira as part of a future coalition government isn't supported by all his colleagues.

Mr Goff says while he made the decision himself, it was unanimously backed by the Labour caucus.

But Mr Horomia says it's still a long time before the election.

“You know that's the line at the moment. What’s interesting is Hone hasn’t got a party so the issue was about working with Hone’s numbers. It’s about the numbers on the day of the election. It’s no point (saying) who is going to be the last cab off the rank and then get to the end of an election and you’re scrambling, but at this stage that's our line,” Mr Horomia says.

Hone Harawira worked under him for six years in the Labour Department, and he has no problems working with the Tai Tokerau MP.


An organiser of the second foreshore and seabed hikoi says there's a great feeling among participants, despite the low numbers turning out for their marches through various centres.

About 100 people marched up Auckland's Queen St yesterday, well short of the thousands who joined in the 2004 hikoi.

But Paora Ropata says the mood of the hikoi was established at an early-morning karakia at Cape Reinga as marchers set off led by the traumata kaumatua o Te Hiku o te Ika.

The hikoi called in at polyfest in Manukau City this morning, and it plans to spend the night in Te Puke and be in the capital by Tuesday.


Auckland's secondary schools' Polyfest was treated today to a demonstration performance from a Christchurch girls' school.

Organisers said they weren't expecting Rangi Ruru to attend in light of last month's earthquake, but the students were determined to perform at the festival for their first time.

Head girl Isabel Gledhill says after living through the disaster it's a relief to take a break from the city.

She says the audience support has been overwhelming.

Isabel Gledhill says she came to Auckland two years ago to watch Polyfest and is thrilled to finally taking part in it.


Ngai Tahu leader Mark Solomon says while iwi members are disappointed Christchurch won't host Rugby World Cup rugby games, they understand it's not possible.

He says the iwi is still trying to meet demand for basics such as food and water in the earthquake devastated city.

“A big disappointment of course. Most New Zealanders were looking forward to the world cup. But at the moment we are just not set up to be able to host,” Mr Solomon says.

He says there are likely to be considerable logistical difficulties just getting people in and out of Hagley Park for tomorrow's Memorial Service.


Labour's Maori affairs spokesperson says ACT MP Hilary Calvert's attack on tikanga was totally out of line.

During the committee stages of the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill yesterday, the Dunedin-based list MP told parliament that tikanga is akin to Alice and Wonderland where the Queen decides what is right.

Mr Horomia says anyone that arrogant should not have a place in parliament.

“There's nothing wrong with people having blunt and frank opinions but when people start chastising other people based on their culture, who the hang does she think she is. I think it’s a madness really. Tikanga is a serious thing. I wouldn’t date to suggest that playing the bagpipes and wearing a kilt is something from Alice in Wonderland,” he says.

Mr Horomia says being a parliamentary novice did not excuse Hilary Calvert's comments, which were clearly deliberate.


Filmmakers are being told they need to be more careful about using archived footage in new productions.

The ethics of archives was the topic of the first of a monthly series of discussions in Wellington set up by the New Zealand Film Archive, Nga Aho Whakaari and the Writer's Guild.

Actor, presenter and film archivist Lawrence Wharerau says film or programme makers need to be familiar with all the bodies that may have rights to archive material.

“A layer of the permission giving is given to iwi, particularly when it is iwi practices being portrayed, so we give iwi a change to say yeah or nay in the use of this material,” Mr Wharerau says.

The Film Archive is able to act as a broker to instigate the necessary conversations between programme makers and the various permission or rights holders.


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