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Tuesday, May 03, 2011

One man band unlikely to succeed with party

The man ousted from the Tai Tokerau electorate by Hone Harawira says the MP doesn't have the temperament to lead a political party.

Dover Samuels says forcing a by-election is a stunt to raise the profile of Mr Harawira's new Mana movement, but it will do nothing for Maori in the electorate.

He says the veteran protester is too much of a one-man band.

“He's getting a team around him and once again he’s going to be the captain or ariki of this team, they’re not going to be clones of Hone Harawira. If they don’t agree, then you have the same conflict situation that developed in the Maori Party. And if he doesn’t learn to compromise and he doesn’t learn to negotiate and to acknowledge that his team and individuals in the team have a contribution to make, then it will ultimately fail,” Mr Samuels says.


But Te Roopu Mana organiser Annette Sykes says attempts to paint Hone Harawira his key backers as uncompromising are misguided.

The Rotorua lawyer says for many of those involved in Mana, even joining a political vehicle that participates in the parliamentary process is a major compromise.

She says a greater threat is the influence of a Don Brash-led ACT Party on the next government.

“The fear I think of people is can the new right compromise, can they give up on failed strategies, can they actually find a third way to bring safety, well being to our communities. I don’t think they’ve actually got the intellectual fortitude or the imagination,” Ms Sykes says.

She says Mana includes a wide range of people who have proved themselves in building movements.


Women in Film and Television is encouraging wahine Maori women working in the industry to fine tune their skills by signing up to a mentoring programme.

Executive Director Susi Newborn says the organisation offers 16 mentorships a year with, with four being funded by Te Puni Kokiri.

She says its a chance for women to gain knowledge, expand their networks and build confidence by interacting with some of the industry's leading figures.

Applications for the Women in Film and Television mentorship scheme close next week.


Ngati Porou and Te Whanau a Apanui representatives met Prime Minister John Key today in what Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples is hailing as an example of what can be done by being in government.

Waiariki MP Te Ururoa Flavell arranged the meeting so the iwi could express their concerns over oil prospecting off the East Coast by Brazilian company Petrobras.

Dr Sharples says it contrasts with what can be done by a protest party, such as Hone Harawira's Te Roopu Mana.

“We have to mature as a people. Even myself, I didn’t know the point of being in parliament until recent times, so it’s been quite an eye-opener for me, so I can understand how people are standing there and the things Hone says are correct but the point is unless you are in the seat of power you can’t do anything about it and that’s the real message we want to get across to our people,” Dr Sharples says.

The Maori Party is still considering whether to stand a candidate if Hone Harawira forces a by-election in Te Tai Tokerau.


A Maori sports psychologist wants to see a shape change in Maori health promotion.

Ihirangi Heke is one of the speakers at the Agencies for Nutrition Action and Physical Activity Conference starting today in Auckland.

He says many of the strategies aimed at improving physical health and tackling obesity are designed around Pakeha body shapes.

As Maori tend to have more muscle mass, they may need more active exercise regimes.

He says whanaungatanga is important to Maori, so exercise programmes with a group rather than an individual focus work better.


A Ngati Porou artist and dancer says old military tunnels gave him a way to explore the concept of te kore or nothingness ... which for Maori also means energy and potential.

Moana Nepia's video installation The Night in Which Nothing is Seen is on at the Wellington City Gallery.

He says the three projections were filmed underneath Maungauika North Head on the Waitemata Harbour.

“Burrowing deep into this maunga you get a sense you are deep in history, not just colonial history, but Maori history. It was heavily fought over, with Ngati Whatua, Tainui and Ngapuhi fighting over this prized whenua,” Mr Nepia says.

Footnote Dance Company will present a creative response to the work on May 14.


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