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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Mere Mangu keen on Te Tai Tokerau run

Moerewa-based lawyer Mere Mangu says she wants to make a third attempt to be come MP for Te Tai Tokerau ... this time as the official Maori Party candidate.

Ms Mangu says she was approached by a number of people who wanted her to contest the by-election triggered by the resignation of Hone Harawira, who is standing under the Mana banner.

She says even though she stood as an independent in the past two elections, she supported the Maori Party's aims.

“I have always had the Maori Party kaupapa in mind but more so is the fact that they’re in government and we need to celebrate the achievements they have made including what Hone has achieved. I think he needs to be commended for what he carried out whilst he was representing Tai Tokerau,” Ms Mangu says.

She faces competition for the nomination from Ngai Hine chairperson Waihoroi Shortland, who hails from the same Matawaia Marae.


New Zealand First leader Winston Peters predicts tomorrow's budget will result in more Maori joining their whanau across the Tasman.

The former treasurer says government ministers have already foeshadowed a budget which will hit middle and low income earners.

He says as it is Maoridom's greatest export is talented skilled young people going to Australia.

“For a lot of families it means w future where to visit their families they’ve got to go offshore of the family has got to come back to New Zealand but they will not be living in New Zealand unless we can turn this around and fast,” Mr Peters says.

He says rather than cuts to services the government should put in place incentives to give young people a reason to stay in New Zealand.


A Manukau hospice will become the first in the country to include a whanau room where family can come and stay with dying patients.

South Auckland Hospice chief executive Gary Sturgess says it's part of a $5 million expansion of Totara House aimed at a new emphasis on culturally sensitive palliative care.

He says in the past Hospice has been accused of catering for white middle class patients, but that will change, as patients in their last days of life can come into the hospice with their whole family accompanying them.


Police were called to a protest in Otara yesterday, where representatives of the Manukau Urban Maori Authority were picketing a branch of the Aotearoa Credit Union.

There were no arrests and the protest ended peacefully.

Wyn Osborne, who represented MUMA on the Aotearoa board until he lost his seat last December, says the credit union is using procedural tricks to ignore a petition for a special general meeting to discuss discrepancies in the election.

He says MUMA is also concerned the board has lost control of management.

“We think that puts the organisation at risk and that’s another issue that needs to be put in front of membership. Look, if we convened the SGM and the membership all said ‘get over it,’ we’d accept that. However we want an opportunity to have it out in a forum of members, they are what we think are the issues, and let’s have a vote on it,” Mr Osborne says.

Aotearoa chair John Walters says he doesn't accept there was any problem with the election, and MUMA has so far failed to get 100 valid signatures from enough of the Credit Union's 16,000 members to generate a special general meeting.


Pollution has put paid to a Maori tourism institution.

The Whakarewa penny divers have been told they can no longer dive for gold coins in the Puarenga Stream because of high levels of e-coli bacteria and PCP poisoning.

Tuhourangi spokesperson Wally Lee says local Maori have been complaining about the state of the river for years.

He is pleased that Environment Bay of Plenty has agreed to test the river and investigate where the source of the poluttion may be coming from.


The coach of the Maori women's rugby team says separatism has paid off for the sport as a whole.

Peter Joseph says the Aotearoa Maori Women's Sevens team was formed a decade ago because there were hardly any brown faces in the New Zealand team, despite the number of Maori players in the game.

He says Maori players now have a much better chance of making the Black Ferns, with nine of the New Zealand players in the 2009 Women’s Rugby World Cup being Maori, most developed through the Aotearoa team.

Mr Joseph says the Aotearoa team is off to Rome at the end of the month to defend its world title against the top European teams and an invitational team including Black Ferns.


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