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Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Team ups helping quake response

The Canterbury WINZ regional commissioner is praising the efforts of Te Puni Kokori and Ngai Tahu to help quake survivors.

Sue Rissman says ministry staff and iwi members have joined Work and Income mobile teams traveling around the eastern suburbs.

She says the co-operation is working well, with help given for people to fill in Red Cross and Civil defence payment forms.

Sue Rissman says reports that some Maori were turned away from relief lines because they did not have two forms of identification were wrong, and people needing emergency financial assistance will get it regardless of whether they have ID or not.


Auckland Maori reggae band Box Juice is donating the proceeds of its latest song to the Christchurch earthquake appeal.

Manager Ray Bishop says Warriors was written for the league team of the same name, with a chorus designed to be sung by the crowd every time the Warriors score a try.

He says the band is keen to do its part, and it hopes to match the $20,000 already donated by the Warriors.

Ray Bishop says Box Juice is recording a video of the song at Mt Smart Stadium on Thursday, which it will also turn into a fundraiser.


Maori Party co-leader Tariaina Turia says the party needs to ensure it does not lose the confidence of Maori in the north now Hone Harawira is an independent MP.

As part of the deal which led to the rebel MP quitting before he was expelled, the party agreed not to stand a candidate against him in Tai Tokerau.

Mrs Turia says many party members in the electorate want to know how they can continue to contribute.

“We've had some emails from people who are really concerned abut what does this mean for them as members of the Maori Party because they are still big supporters of the party, many of them. They want to know what the future holds for them so we have work to do to talk to them as well,” Mrs Turia says.

She says both the Maori Party and MP Hone Harawira have moved on from the row.


Former Warriors captain Monty Betham says the Legends of League won't hold anything back at next week's Charity Match for Christchurch earthquake relief.

Players who have put their hands up to strap on their boots at Mount Smart Stadium on Thursday week include include Rueben Wiki, Stacey Jones and even Tawera Nikau, who is prepared to play on his articial leg.

Betham says he and fellow organisers Nigel Vagana and Gary Freeman are taking the lead from last week's state of origin league legends game which raised thousands of dollars for Queensland flood and cyclone relief.

As well as the footy a number of the country's top bands will be playing.


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