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Thursday, June 02, 2011

Jobs starting for Christchurch rebuild

A Maori woman living in the hard-hit Christchurch suburb of Aranaui says residents are welcoming the jobs that are starting to come through.

Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says while the number of Cantabrians on the unemployment benefit swelled by 750 after February's earthquake, last week 255 came off the dole queue.

Te Rina Anderson says most of her friends and whanau now have work, much of it to with rebuilding the city.

“There's building, concrete laying. There’s a lot of spots opened up fro painters and anything to do with house renovations,” she says.

She's still looking for a job that offers more than the minimum wage.


The union which looks after Early Childhood Teachers is welcoming the recommendations of a taskforce which have got to Education Minister Anne Tolley.

However, NZEI spokesperson Hayley Whittaker says the minister is unlikely to appreciate the call for all staff in early childhood centres to qualified.

She says that was a policy of the previous Labour Government which was axed by National, with the justification that some resources would be redirected to increase participation by Maori and Pasifika children.

She says centres are now passing on the budget cut to whanau.


A South Auckland music group wants to encourage to rangatahi around the country to follow their passion for music.

The Hypnotics is visiting schools and alternative education institutions to engage with students who are thinking about a future career in the arts.

Tour manager Noma Sio says the self-funded kaupapa is getting a lot of support from iwi stations and organisations around the country.
The Hypnotics tour starts next week in Palmerston North.


A ministerial taskforce on Early Childhood Education has sounded a warning about the state of kohanga reo.

Taskforce chair Michael Mintrom, an associate professor of political studies at Auckland University, says the government needs to spend more on Maori because Maori children are missing out.

But he says there appears to be something wrong with the way many Maori immersion pre-schools are operating.

“The education review office does supplementary reviews on services that are not perceived to be performing at appropriate levels of quality and looking at the statistics over time, kohanga reo show up much higher as a percentage of groups getting supplementary reviews than any other ETS service out there,” Dr Mintrom says.

He says Maori communities should be encouraged to come up with their own ways of providing early childhood education ... which could include alternatives to kohanga.


The chair of Te Hiku Forum, Haami Piripi, says the other four iwi in the far north don't appreciate Ngati Kahu trying to muscle in on Te Oneroa a Tohe, Ninety Mile Beach.

The government has rejected a proposed settlement submitted by Te Runanga o Ngati Kahu negotiator Margaret Mutu which included parts of the beach and the Aupouri forest, but it is continuing to work towards a settlement with the other iwi.

Mr Piripi says Ngati Kahu was traditionally understood to occupy the eastern side of the region.

“There are so many layers of occupation anyone can claim anywhere really. It comes down to individual choices of which iwi you give prominence in your identity. So there is no doubt people of Ngati Kahu descent have ancestry and a relationship with Te Oneroa a Tohe but from the perspective of my iwi in Te Rarawa, we wouldn’t see that translating into a mana whenua interest,” he says.

Mr Piripi says Ngati Kahu has so far not shared its revised claim with Te Hiku Forum, which it quit earlier this year.


The winner of the best first book award for non-fiction in the NZ Book Awards says the honour belongs to all those represented in the work.

Poia Rewi says when he first started collecting recordings of speakers on marae, he was not thinking of writing a book.

He says he's humbled by the acclaim for Whaikorero: the World of Maori Oratory

Dr Rewi says that a book on Maori oratory can win such an award shows traditional Maori culture is appreciated by more than just Maori.


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