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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Welfare cuts a threat to whanau life

Greens co-leader Metiria Turei says the Government's plans for welfare are an attack on Maori and family life.

The Primer Minister John Key has announced a ministerial group to develop policy around the recommendations of the Welfare Working Group ... except the one requiring mothers on the domestic purposes benefit to seek work 14 weeks after the birth of their second child.

Ms Turei says the Welfare Working Group report is not a credible basis for reform

“The report is anti-Maori, it’s anti working people, because many middle class working people are finding themselves in need of a benefit and are going to be treated very badly by this government with these reforms. I think the report is very and-child and at a time of the highest levels of child poverty when many families are in need, it is not a time to attack those families,” she says.

Ms Turei says the proposed measures will create more poverty traps for beneficiaries.


To mark World Smokefree Day, Quitline has launched online tools to help people give up tobacco.

Chief executive Paula Snowden says Quit Coach helps people to understand their addiction in order to conquer it.

She says one in four of Quitline's clients are Maori.

“It's one of those non-negative statistics. There are too many Maori smoking but the success rate for Maori is the same as non-Maori, so when we decide to quit as a people, the success rate is the same.
Ms Snowden says.

The main reasons former smokers relapse is stress and alcohol.


A Te Arawa artist hopes to paint the country with colour as part of the welcome promotion for the Rugby World Cup.

Rangi Williams is one of five finalists for the ANZ Welcome the World promotion, with the winner chosen by public vote.

The graphic design teacher says his Paint the Town plan is to get communities to create murals and banners.

The paintings will be made into large banners to be taken around the country, and all brought together for the final at Eden Park.


Whakatohea elder Ranganui Walker has welcomed news the Opotiki-based tribe's claims could be back on the table.

Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson yesterday said that to say a claimant was at the bottom of the queue, as his predecessor Sir Douglas Graham did when Whakatohea rejected a 1996 settlement offer, was petty and punitive.

Dr Walker says the $40 million settlement offer was unacceptable, which is why he led the move to vote it down.

“A chief negotiator assumed powers over and above the job the raupatu committee was mandated to do and he did it all unilaterally and got it wrong and when the raupatu committee demonstrated some measure of standing up on their hind legs and fighting back, Doug Graham shut it down,” he says.

Dr Walker says the failed settlement created deep divisions among Whakatohea for many years, but it is now ready to resume negotiations.


The Maori Party's Te Tai Tokerau candidate is backing a rahui aimed at preventing Crest Energy building a tidal power station in the Kaipara Harbour.

Solomon Tipene has joined rivals Kelvin Davis and Hone Harawira in supporting Te Uri o Hau's stand.

He says Environment Minister Kate Wilkinson was wrong to approve 200 turbines going into the harbour.

“It's a technology that’s never been tested before in the world and I give credit to my whanaunga at Te Uri o Hau for standing their ground,” Mr Tipene says.

Crest Energy director Anthony Hopkins says the rahui will not stop the company developing what is well-understood technology, and it is now conducting baseline environmental monitoring in preparation for installing the first turbines.


Asthma Foundation medical director Bob Hancox says young Maori are still missing out on the smoke-free message.

It's World Smokefree Day, and Dr Hancox says smoking is the primary cause of asthma symptoms in tamariki ... and chronic lung disease in older adults.

He says with 45 percent of Maori smoking, the message needs to get through to the younger generation that they are not invincible.


Blogger marangamai said...

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 in close proximity by them.
SHAME is this the future of disrespect.
Mereana was sadden to hear such korero coming from two people whom hold high positions in the Maori Party.

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