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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Maori Party put on spot over Kaipara power

Kaipara Maori say the Maori Party needs to tell its National coalition partner in government to drop its support for a tidal power station at the harbour's entrance.

Te Uri o Hau says it will declare an akutai or no go zone over the snapper fishing beds where Crest Energy intends to site its experimental turbines.

Spokesperson Mikaera Miru says the Maori Party said it would take its lead on oil exploration off East Cape from iwi, and it should do the same for Kaipara.

“If there's any equity in what they’re doing, then I would expect if they could do this for Ngati Porou, they should be saying exactly the same thing for Ngati Whatua from the Kaipara,” he says.

Mr Miru says the iwi is pleased Labour's Kelvin Davis and Hone Harawira from Mana have backed the protest.


Meanwhile, the first hoardings go up today for the Maori Party's Te tai Tokerau by-election candidate.

Solomon Tipene says he's starting behind the Mana Party's Hone Harawira and Labour's Kelvin Davis, but the party's machinery is coming back together, and there will be signs of his existence from Auckland to Kaitaia.

The four Maori Party MPs are joining him for a three day election roadshow, starting with a hui with Ngai Hine at Motatau Marae this afternoon.

“It's my home people. They want to throw in their support and launch my political career at home. They also have some other issues they want to raise with the minister in terms of taking care of Ngati Hine issues, taking care of me,” Mr Tipene says.

One person he hopes to see at this afternoon's hui is Ngati Hine chairperson Waihoroi Shortland, who he beat for the nomination.


It's never too late to start an entertainment career.

That's the message from the organiser of the country's first Kaumatua Idol awards.

Gina Cribb says the Feilding event was open to Maori Gold card holders ... and the fact that a few of the 14 contestants forgot the odd line didn't deter them.

The 250 people who attended pleaded with her to make it an annual event.


Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson says he's keen to reopen treaty settlements with Whakatohea.

His predecessor, Sir Douglas Graham, told the Opotiki-based iwi it was at the back of the queue after it rejected a 1996 settlement offer worth $40 million.

Mr Finlayson says he sees Whakatohea as unfinished business.

“I'm very conscious that they just about had a settlement in 1996 but for various internal reasons as I understand it didn’t take place. I remain very keen to talk to them. They are the one iwi I have never really sat down with in Opotiki, although I have driven past their trust board premises enough,” he says.

On the weekend Mr Finlayson told far north iwi Ngati Kahu that he was rejecting its proposal for a partial claim settlement ... but he said it would be petty and punitive to put any iwi at the back of the queue just because a negotiation had failed to reach the desired outcome.


Greens co-leader Meteria Turei says Maori are well-represented on the party's list.

The line-up released at the weekend includes herself in the top spot, MP David Clendon at 8, and Waiheke local board member Denise Roche at 11 ... who gets into Parliament if the Greens can capture 9 percent of the party vote.

“Maori can look at the Green Party list and feel confident that we both represent Maori issues in Parliament and respect the experience of Maori in the political realm,” Ms Turei says.

Further down the list is Dora Langsbury at 22, Mikaere Curtis at 26, and 18-year-old Te Tai Hauauru candidate Jack Mc Donald at number 30.


The winner of the country's top architectural award says his clients at Waitomo Caves immediately recognised how their new $13 million visitor centre was based on a hinaki or eel trap.

Chris Kelly from Wellington's Architectural Workshop says he used laminated pine and clear plastic to create a cover for the walkway to the caves.

He says his concern was to mirror the course of the stream, which is home to eels, and to create a light structure in contrast to the dark caves below.

“Department of Conservation was suggesting it should have more Maori motifs and we said ‘let’s see,’ and the hapu said ‘No, we’re pretty happy with how it is, we can see it is a hinaki just in the way you have crossed the timber,’” Mr Kelly says.

The centre is designed to cope with a steadily increasing number of visitors, and replaces one that burned down in 2005.


Blogger marangamai said...

Maori Party lied about abuse thrown at them it was the Maori Party whom gave insult and abuse by cursing "get a life" and "bullshit" to the youth in Kaitaia says Mereana who heard the Maori Party say these words as she stood by them.

10:59 pm  
Blogger marangamai said...

Maori Party lied about abuse thrown at them it was the Maori Party whom gave insult and abuse by cursing "get a life" and "bullshit" to the youth in Kaitaia says Mereana who heard the Maori Party say these words as she stood by them.

11:00 pm  

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