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Thursday, May 05, 2011

Kelvin Davis keen to contest Te Tai Tokerau

Labour leader Phil Goff believes says list MP Kelvin Davis should beat Hone Harawira in any election or by-election in Te Tai Tokerau.

Mr Harawira has delayed submitting his resignation to the speaker while he consults further with staff and his electorate.

But Mr Goff says the former Kaitaia Intermediate School principal, who was outpolled more than two to one in the 2008 election, is up for the rematch.

“Kelvin from the north, a really straight up and down guy, a lifetime spent in education improving the prospects of young Maori kids and Pakeha kids in the schools up north that he’s been principal of, Kelvin is a man for the future and he’s absolutely reliable, what you see is what you get with him,” Mr Goff says.

He hopes there won't be a by-election, because the new MP would have less than two dozen sitting days in parliament before the general election.


Greens co-leader Meteria Turia says today's Maori economic summit in Auckland needs to address the needs of small and rural Maori communities rather than be caught up promoting trophy projects.

The summit will hear the final report of the Maori Economic Taskforce and discuss the future direction of the Maori economy.

Ms Turei says if it doesn't deal with the real situation of Maori families, it will be a waste of time.

“It's not all about big flash economic development issues. It’s about how do you deal with the economic development of a small rural Maori community that has lots of land and lots of people but not much of anything else. And it’s not about think big projects or investing in technologies or any of those sort of things. It’s about investing in what we’ve got to keep our people fed, to keep out people employed,” she says

Ms Turei says Pita Sharples' Maori Economic Taskforce has had plenty of funding over the past two years to come up with fresh ideas.


The head of national anti-violence network Te Kupenga says whanau ora is changing the way agencies think about services.

Brian Gardner says the key to ending family violence is seen as getting men to change their behaviour.

He says the advent of the new Maori-focused service delivery framework is causing agencies to take a wider view of family dynamics.

“Where the work's evolving is thinking where is the place where we bring working with the whole whanau into this, where do we bring the capacity of the whole whanau in to contribute to this work, or if there are challenges for our whanau, how do we address those to make it a safe place,” Mr Gardner says.

Many Maori men have been brought up with the attitude they should be the boss ... but that attitude can be changed.


Labour leader Phil Goff says today's Maori economic summit in Auckland is likely to be a waste of time.

The summit is a chance for the economic taskforce appointed by Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples to report back and discuss the future direction of the Maori economy.

But Mr Goff says everyone knows what's needed to tackle Maori unemployment ... and its not more talking.

“We need upskilling programmes. We don’t want kids growing pumpkins. We want kids learning skills. We want our kids in apprenticeships. We want our young Maori women given the chance to become nurses and other professional areas like that. We want our children to get the best possible start to their education but that didn’t help with a 12 percent increase in early childhood education costs caused directly by the government’s cuts,” Mr Goff says.


Golden Bay iwi are calling on the wider community to help them stop an Australian company prospecting in the region.

Greywolf Goldmining is looking for oil and coal around Abel Tasman and Kahurangi national parks, the Farewell Spit Nature Reserve and the Westhaven and Tonga Island marine reserves.

John Ward-Holmes says the iwi want to repeat the success of the campaign to stop seabed mining in Golden Bay.

“We need to bring whoever we can on board. We do this in this community a lot. There’s so few mana whenua here that we need the support of others to move forward,” he says.

Mr Ward-Holmes says Golden Bay iwi have rejected Greywolf's offers of joint ventures and royalty shares.


Former governor general Sir Paul Reeves has stepped down from the Wellington Tenths Trust and the Port Nicholson Trust, which manages land and assets included in the settlement of historic claims around Wellington Harbour.

The trust has become embroiled in a fight between the Wellington City Council and Waiwhetu Marae about ownership of a waka which the council wanted to be displayed in the trust's new $14 million waterfront waka house.

Sir Paul says those are issues which will come right in time, and overall the settlement can be considered a success.

“I really have appreciated the Port Nicholson settlement. I think we made real strides and advances. Similarly too the Wellington Tenths Trust, the allied trust is going ahead. But the time comes where you’ve really got to say I’ve done my dash, I’m getting older day by day and the trip from Auckland to Wellington doesn’t get any easier so I thought yes, I will resign, and provide an opportunity for a younger person to come along,” Sir Paul says.

His time is increasingly taken up with work relating to his role as chancellor of AUT University.


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