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Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Taranaki boys get anti-violence message

The future of the It's Not OK anti-violence campaign may be in doubt pending next month's Budget, but the campaign's face is keeping as busy as ever.

Vic Tamati, who appears on the campaign's advertisements - is speaking at eight secondary schools in Taranaki this week.

Marion James from Taranaki Safe Families Trust, which organised the roadshow, says the aim was to get Mr Tamati before younger audience who might benefit from his experience of receiving ... and meting out ... domestic violence.

She says they focused on boys’ schools with high Maori rolls, because it’s important young men have good role models talking to them about family violence.

Ms James says from feedback so far Mr Tamati's message seems to be getting through.


New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says Maori would be a lot better off today if his compulsory superannuation plan had been adopted.

Mr Peters says because Maori are more likely to die younger than non-Maori, they are the big losers when it comes to collecting the superannuation they paid their taxes for.

“Now the compulsory super plan of 1997 was that if anyone died before age 65 their wife or husband or family would get the benefit of the savings from 40, 45 years of work,” he says.

Mr Peters says Maori people voted yes in the referendum at twice the rate of non-Maori.


A group of west Aucklanders has set up a Maori diabetes support group after undergoing a six-week self management programme run by Waitakere Hospital.

Airini Titirangi says the Manaaki Whanau Oranga group will pick up where the clinical programme left off.

It's an opportunity for whanau members and people with diabetes to come together, support each other and test out new behaviours.

Manaaki Whanau Oranga has already attracted about 30 members.


Labour MP Shane Jones says Maori want the party to stop wrangling over its leadership.

Pressure is coming on in the wake of the resignation of MP Darren Hughes, with former MPs and people close to the party saying Labour can't win the election with Phil Goff in charge.

But Mr Jones, who was deliberately left off the front bench in yesterday's reshuffle, it's not the issue Maori supporters are most concerned with.

“Talk of changing the leader is just going to worsen the prospects for Labour and many Maori, all they want us to do is to talk about the day to day issues that need to be addressed in order for them and their children to live more meaningful and empowering lives,” Mr Jones says.


A hikoi appears to have stemmed the anti-social behaviour of a small group of young people who were terrorising a Whangarei suburb.

Noreen Moorhouse, the president of the Otangarei branch of the Maori Women's Welfare League, says a group of mainly young teen girls was hanging out behing the local marae, breaking bottles, partying till all hours and graffitiing walls in the area.

She says more than 200 children and adults marched through the suburb last week in protest.

Graffiti seems to have eased off, and the girls are going home more.

Moreen Moorhouse says the hikoi included league members, pupils from two kura kaupapa and many residents both Maori and Pakeha.


Te Papa Tongarewa is using the return of traditional taonga Maori from a show in Japan to highlight some contemporary Maori Art.

Curator Rhonda Paku says E Tu Ake: Standing Strong displays the taonga tawhito alongside works by the likes of Shane Cotton, Robyn Kahukiwa, Lisa Reihana and Brett Graham.

She says people may be surprised how old taonga can speak to modern kaupapa.

“It shows that our contemporary artists are still drawing heavily on the kaupapa of our ancestors and from our art forms. Together it will be a stunning fusion of taonga tawhito and contemporary artwork with some really lovely stories as well as case studies of significant political activism of our people in the journey towards self-determination,” Ms Paku says.

E Tu Ake starts on Saturday.


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