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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Kaipara iwi seeks to hold back tide power

A Ngati Whatua leader says the iwi will fight an Environment Court go ahead for a tidal power plant on the Kaipara Harbour.

Naida Glavish who says the court's decision to cut back Crest Energy's application from 20 to 3 turbines shows mana whenua concerns have substance.

She says the iwi won't take its cue from some of the harbour's most populous residents.

“We will not lie down like a flatfish and say nothing. We will protest not just for ourselves but on behalf of anyone who uses the Kaipara Harbour as a food paddle.
Ms Glavish says.

She will ask Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson to ignore the court's decision and refuse her consent for the project.


The agreement between newly-independent MP Hone Harawira and the Maori Party not to attack each other seems well and truly over.

Party co-leader Tariana Turia has labelled the Tai Tokerau MP an embarrassment for missing the second reading vote on the Marine and Coastal Area Bill.

That followed Mr Harawira calling his former colleagues lapdogs of National for supporting bill when the overwhelming number of submissions from Maori opposed it.

“You've got to ask yourselves why are they are still supporting it and it just seems that the ministers in my view are so locked to the relationship with National that they will now vote with National on just about anything regardless of what Maori people are saying,” he says.

Mr Harawira says the party has reneged on a deal to leave him in decent offices, and has relegated him to the part of the old Parliament buildings known as Siberia.


Christchurch iwi station Tahu FM is back on air.

Announcer Aubrey Hughes says it's been a slow process retrieving hard drives and equipment from their city headquarters, because they are only allowed into the damaged building in 10 minute bursts.

But he says a makeshift studio is now operating from Ngati Tahu premises at the Wigram air base.

Tahu FM appreciates the help it has had for Te Upoko and other iwi stations keeping transmissions going in the South Island.


Greens co-leader Meteria Turei says naming a man as governor general on International Women's Day shows how National does not take women seriously.

Former defence head Lieutenant General Jerry Matapaere was named to succeed Sir Anand Satyanand when his five year term ends in August.

Ms Turei says if they had been consulted, the Greens would has argued for a Maori woman to be the next head of state.

“The thing is there are huge numebrs of women out there doing amazing work including maori women and it’s often the Maori women who get overlooked so we should be aware of that and as Maori tautoko our Maori woman into positions as much as we can,” she says.

Meteria Turei says the National government has not appointed any women to a major position.


The chief coroner says he appreciated the help he's getting from the police cultural diversity unit as Christchurch's quake dead are identified and prepared for inquest.

Gordon Matenga from Ngati Kahungunu, Rongomaiwahine, Ngati Porou and Ngai Tahu says he's already struck by the almost struck by the random nature of many of the fatalities.

He says there are people from many cultures whose needs must be considered alongside the formal process and already Chinese, Japanese and Maori cultural advisors have sat with relatives.


A jam session Auckland tonight will celebrate the linguistic, cultural and musical connections between Maori and Hawaiian musicians.

A group from the Mana Maoli Collective is in the country to raise awareness of its activities.

Grammy winning ukulele virtuoso John Cruz says these include the Halau Ku Mana indigenous Hawaiian school, the voyaging canoe Kanehunamoku, and the music, which allows veterans to pass on their cultural heritage to hundreds of younger musicians.

As well as playing the Kings Arms tonight, Mana Maoli will play at Pasifika this weekend and Womad in New Plymouth next week.


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