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Monday, May 23, 2011

Mangatu land loss part of soul

The Mangatu Incorporation keen to back before the Waitangi Tribunal so it can seek a binding order for 3400 hectares of forest land taken from it in 1961.

The Supreme Court has ruled that the tribunal was wrong to deny the 120-year-old incorporation a hearing on its challenge to the proposed settlement with Te Aitanga a Mahaaki, which includes the land.

Chairperson Alan Haronga says the Crown’s policy of dealing with large natural groupings of iwi ignored the legal rights of the incorporation’s 5000 shareholders, who have a special relationship to the land.

“The value in economic terms is not great. There’s probably a range from probably negative to $3-4 million but it’s the principle. It’s like a part of your soul that was there that then went and they were in breach and we want it back,” he says.

Mr Haronga from the land was highly productive when the Crown forced Mangatu Incorporation to sell it, and the sale price reflected only a few season’s earnings.


National Party leader John Key says the party’s Mangere candidate is an example of the caliber of Maori being attracted to the cause.

Mr Key says no one expects television producer and former presenter Claudette Hauiti to win the safe Labour seat, but she should raise the party’s profile in the area.

“It’s obviously a difficult seat from our perspective. We’re really searching for the party vote there. No one’s expecting Claudette to win but equally I think she can put up a really strong showing. She a great candidate. We’re trying to bring in more Maori candidates to parliament. From National’s perspective, we’ve got quite a good grouping now,” Mr Key says.


Artist George Nuku says a restored waka will be a highlight of the National Museum of Scotland when it reopens in July after a two-year refurbishment.

Mr Nuku has been working on the waka, believed to be the largest held outside New Zealand.

In as acquired as a souvenir in the 1820s by Lord Thomas Brisbane, then governor of New South Wales, and has been in the museum’s collection since the 1850s.

Mr Nuku says it was in a sorry state, but it has been rebuilt with Perspex replacing the middle elements, and it will be the centerpiece of the Maori and Pacific gallery.

He has also been working on the fitting out of the Maori and Pacific court at a new museum in Antwerp, Belgium.


Ngati Manuhiri says the return of a 1.2 hectare block on Hauturu-Little Barrier Island will allow it to give symbolic recognition of its ancestors.

The iwi, which holds the mana from Whangaparaoa Peninsula to Mangawhai north of Auckland, signed a $9 million deed of settlement on Saturday.

Chief negotiator Laly Haddon says while the Crown will continue to administer the island sanctuary, the iwi will always remember the removal of its tupuna in 1894.

“Rahui te Kiri and Tenetahi were taken off there by soldiers and they were the last to leave. They never took any money. That was their homeland and we are now going to make sure that our footprint is protected there forever,” Mr Haddon says.

Ngati Manuhiri’s use of its land will be in keeping with DOC's conservation activities on the rest of the island.


Labour's Te Tai Tokerau by-election candidate says the Government should pick up funding for the Red Cross schools’ breakfast programme.

Supermarket chain Countdown has pulled its sponsorship of the scheme, which services 61 low decile schools.

Kelvin Davis says in his previous career as principal of Kaitaia Intermediate he saw how hungry kids can’t learn, and the problem of children coming to school without breakfast is getting worse because of the Government’s policies.

“Kids going to school without breakfast is just a symptom of wider problems within New Zealand society and I think the government needs to not just put out fifes here there and everywhere but they need to work on the wider problem and they don’t seem to have a plan,” Mr Davis says.

Meanwhile, the Maori Party has shortlist of three wanting to become its candidate in the June 25 by-election forced by the resignation of Hone Harawira.

It will decide by Wednesday between lawyer Mere Mangu, Ngati Hine chairperson Waihoroi Shortland and Solomon Tipene, the chair of its Whangarei branch.


Roopu have until the end of this week to get entries in for the Auckland Matariki Festival Kapa Haka Super 12s.

Festival director Lisa Davis says the stripped down format gives performers a lot of room for innovation.

The 12-member teams will be judged on originality, execution and entertainment factor as they pack waiata-a-ringa, haka and poi into a 12 minutes performance.

The Two Degrees Kapa Haka Super 12s will be at the Auckland Town Hall Concert Chamber on June 18.


Blogger justme said...

5000 shareholders.....hahaha that doesn't include the 15000 or more Nga Ariki Kaiputahi descendants.....how is Mangatu going to accomodate for their loss??

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