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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Fundraising focus for early part of campaign

Te Tai Tokerau by-election candidate Hone Harawira is waking up to the realities of campaigning without a parliamentary salary or travel perks.

Mr Harawira quit parliament last week to seek a mandate for his new Mana Party.

He says having thrown himself on the mercy of the voters, he's humbled at the response.

“I am seriously embarrassed and humbled by the support I am getting both financially and just in terms of the tautoko on the streets. It’s really awesome. Old people coming up to you squeezing money into your hand and you know it’s a lot of money, you can feel it’s a lot of money, and they say ‘keep on going son.’ I don’t even know some of them,” he says.

Mr Harawira will be roasted tonight by comedian Mike King in a fundraiser at a Karangahape Rd bar in central Auckland ... out of the electorate.


The chair of Auckland's Maori statutory board says it isn't a substitute for the council forming relationships with Maori in the super city.

David Taipari says this week's first formal quarterly meeting between the board and council set the tone for the relationship, and future meetings will deal with specific issues that come up in the course of council business.

He says the council needs to consider the Maori dimension in everything it does.

“Truly the partnership must be with the Maori themselves. The board is but a facilitator of that partnership, to encourage and to direct council of the best ways forward to engage with Maori, That’s where the true partnership is, so the establishment of the board is just a vehicle to create the opportunity for all Maori in the region,” Mr Taipari says.

He says the awkwardness over the board's funding is now over, and the parties are negotiating next year's budget.


Ngati Raukawa has put the Crown on the spot, summoning Ministers and officials to Papa-o-Te-Aroha Marae in Tokoroa for what it billed as a reconciliation day.

Chris McKenzie, the Raukawa Settlement Trust's chair and chief negotiator, says the south Waikato iwi is still a few months away from completing its settlement agreement.
He says because it has gone for direct negotiation, tribe members didn't have a chance to air their grievances before a forum like the Waitangi Tribunal.

“What we find is with direct negotiations, the conversation revolves around money and land and not about the actual mamae of the claimants so the claimants never have an opportunity to speak to those in power abut the hurt and frustration they feel about being claimants,” Mr McKenzie says.

He says the reconciliation days was inspired by South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who instigated the truth and reconciliation commission to bring the perpetrators and victims of Apartheid together.


Tainui's new hotel at Auckland Airport has been completed on time and under budget.

The 260-room hotel by the entrance to the international terminal will be opened at dawn tomorrow by King Tuheitia and the prime minister, and it will be open for guests later in the morning.

Mike Pohio, the chief executive of Tainui Group Holdings, says the tribe is thrilled with the building, and the fact the project came in comfortably under its $65 million budget.

“We built it at a time that, with the down turn in the economy, we had some very sharp pricing and some keenness from the construction company and the consultant. We were fortunate in our timing,” Mr Pohio says.

Tainui owns 70 percent of the hotel, with the balance held by Auckland International Airport and hotel operator Accor


The chief executive of Te Ohu Kaimoana says foreign-owned vessels are an inevitable part of the Maori fishing industry.

Peter Douglas says criticism of the practice at this week's Maori fisheries conference by Fisheries Minister Phil Heatley and Maori Party MP Rahui Katene was unwarranted, as the practice is widespread throughout the marine industry.

He says the Maori fisheries settlement allocation process left iwi with mixed packages of inshore and deepwater quota which give them little incentive to invest in their own boats.

“Sometimes the only way you can get the best return on those assets is to use the vessels that are of a size that they can catch the quota, the species of a range of tribal assets. Unfortunately those vessels aren’t New Zealand vessels. Those are big vessels that are foreign owned and operated. They are able to make the best use of assets that tribes own,” Mr Douglas says.

Te Ohu Kaimoana's fishing subsidiaries comply with industry codes of practice when they contract with foreign vessels.


While the spotlight has been on Ngati Porou's newest knight, Sir Tamati Reedy, Ikaroa Rawhiti MP Parekura Horomia says people on the coast are noting the contribution of his wife, Te Koingo Tilly Reedy.

The leading Maori educationalist was dubbed yesterday at his home marae at Hiruharama Pa south of Ruatoria.

Mr Horomia says the Reedys are known as a formidable team, with Lady Reedy as committed to the kaupapa of language revival as her husband.


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