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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Greens count cost of Harawira party

Greens co-leader Meteria Turei is counting on her party benefiting from splits in the Maori vote when Te Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira forms his own party.

Mr Harawira will launch his Mana Party in Auckland at the end of the month.

Ms Turei says the Greens lost votes to the Maori Party last election, so it's disaffected Maori voters will swing back its way rather than following the man from the north.

IN: He could get one maybe two MPs, but it’s more of an electorate vote campaign than a party vote campaign I would have thought and so to that extent people will still be inclined to give their party vote to the Greens and their electorate vote to Hone.” Ms Turei says.

She's picking up a lot of disappointment from Maori voters about the Maori party's performance as part of the National-led government.


A Murupara social worker says it has taken chief youth court judge Andrew Beecroft to show social service agencies how they need to learn to work together.

Judge Beecroft attended the first Youth Services Forum in the Bay of plenty forestry town, which has a long history of gang related violence.

Jacob Te Kurapa from Te Ika Whenua Hauora says he had a challenge for the agencies present.

“The Judge took a quick straw poll. The right hand side did not know what the left hand side were doing and the right hand side were crying out for resources, the left hand side had the resources and the judge was a bit concerned, and so were some of us, that that link should be made and made quickly,” he says.

Mr Te Kurapa says it turned out more than 50 different agencies and organisations have been working in the township.


With Auckland mayor Len Brown talking up the possibility of waka racing on Waitemata Harbour, a west Auckland school is reviving its waka ama option.

Te Iwi Ngaro Dunne from Rutherford College says the outrigger canoes were used in the 1990s, but the sport lapsed.

She says it's a good way for students to stay both physically and spiritually healthy.

The difference with traditional sports is waka ama gives them a view of the Pacific that incorporates both Maori and Pacific kaupapa, so it broadens youth and gives them both a Maori and a Pacific worldview.


Labour's infrastructure spokesperson Shane Jones says the Government has erred by ignoring a Maori-backed alternative to its rural broadband plans.

Mr Jones says the $285 million contract signed with Telecom and Vodafone will saddle the rural sectors, including the Maori export sector, with obsolete 3G technology which won't deliver the promised speeds.

He says there was a clearly superior offer on the table from a consortium which included Maori interests and state-owned networks company Kordia.

“It's a real puzzle as to why Steven Joyce is so ignorant of the other alternatives. Although he has only been around for three years, he is the manager of the government when John Key is eating English muffins, you can rest assured Steven Joyce is managing the country for him,” Mr Jones says.

He says Mr Joyce has turned the Rural Broandband initiative into corporate welfare for Telecom.


Organisers of the annual Tuhoe festival expect the fate of Te Uruwera will be a major topic of discussion.

Administrator Haromi Williams says up to 20,000 people are expected at the 40th Te Hui Ahurei o Tuhoe which starts at Ruatoki today.

She says while most are there for the sports, the kapa haka and the whanaungatanga, there will also be keen interest in the debates where at least one hot topic will be back on the table for discussion.

“We're going through a process of getting our Treaty of Waitangi claims sorted with the Crown and no doubt one of the topics will be centered around Te Urewera because it was taken off the discussion table during negotiations with the Crown,” Mrs Williams says.

The Tuhoe Festival ends on Monday with an Anzac Day memorial service at Te Rewarewa Marae in Ruatoki.


The Miromoda Fashion Design Awards are looking for Maori models.

Miramoda founder Ata Te Kanawa says says male and female models are needed to show off what up and coming Maori fashion designers have come up with.

She says it's an excellent opportunity for models as the judges are industry experts ... but it's not for the faint-hearted.

Miramoda prefers models with some experience, and it’s not something for anyone who is shy or intimidated.

This year's Miramoda is in Wellington on June 4.


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