SENSITIVE TO A SMILE MAORI NEWS – NEW ZEALAND 3.8.12
It’s been about five days since I really caught up on my Maori news. I get a bit grumpy when I go that long without checking in with what New Zealand’s Maori speaking citizens deem as news. I just feel robbed of celebrating being more Kiwi when I miss the Maori news for days.
So, here’s an attempt to share the last three days with you as catch up.
Day 1: September 4th: Mighty River Power Sale, Might Wait: A five week consultation process with iwi (Maori tribes) is now going to happen. A Waitangi Tribunal report recommended the government work more on Maori water rights. 2013 could mean The Government is then within the law to even consider a partial float of the assets with Maori and New Zealand citizens being co-owners of these assets with government. Political response to the delay of SOE sale: MP’s Hekia Parata, Maori Council co-chair Maanu Paul, and Mana Party leader, Hone Harawira all gave their reactions to the new Mighty River Power news update report.
Kiwi reggae pioneers, Herbs, are to be inducted to NZ Music Hall of Fame: 30-years as a Kiwi icon band with hits like French Letter and Long Ago remind Kiwis why all band members will be inducted at the APRA Silver Scroll Awards next week in a manner that New Zealand is so proud of. Such a groovy band reflecting a love of fun, a strong sense of justice and also coastal living that Kiwis love too. Date set for withdrawal of NZ troops from Afghanistan: Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman announced NZ troops will be pulled out of the Bamiyan Province in Afghanistan by the end of April next year. An orderly and sequenced transition plan for leaving the area is the Kiwi approach to exiting Afghanistan.
Day 2: September 3rd: Māori urged to embrace migration: Tuariki Delamere who consults on immigration, believes immigration policies that are more inclusive of increased Asian investment will ultimately benefit Māori.
Waipareira’s Family Start service ‘poor’- MSD advisor: Waipareira Trust’s Family Start contracts could be delivered at a higher standard into community. There’s always room to improve.
Rising opera star finalist in Song Quest: Baritone Kawiti Waetford can sing. Injury ends Māori athlete’s Paralympic hopes: Cycling gold medal hopeful Jayne Parsons, who won bronze at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics won’t compete in London due to injury.
The Māori All Blacks: What rising stars of rugby football will be named in the stellar line up team? Coach Jamie Joseph has a tour team to select. The team will go on tour to the UK in November and Coach Joseph says bring it on.
An important story: Tuhoe and Crown to sign for better community services: “Tuhoe and the Crown are set to sign an agreement to deliver better services to the iwi. A five-year service management plan has been approved by Cabinet aimed at improving the lives of Tuhoe living within and outside Te Urewera. Services within Te Urewera will include working with the iwi’s new authority, Te Uru Taumatua, on housing, health, education and the care of children. A high level taskforce of Ministry representatives is currently working with Tuhoe to design the service management plan, which will be signed in October.” That’s so awesome, let’s keep vibes like this, going strong.
Launch of the world’s largest marine park: Ngahuia Wade spoke to Prime Minister Henare Puna on the launch (covered last week on this website) and his position as the new chairman of the Pacific Islands Forum. Ngāti Kahungunu fosters quality Māori speakers: from the land of Maori singing divas Hinewehi Mohi and Pearl Runga comes this news: Ngāti Kahungunu has passed the five year mark in a 21-year Māori language revitalisation plan. Tātere MacLeod, is the Director of Te Reo Māori for Ngāti Kahungunu talks of the language, strategy initiatives the tribe has been ensuring are thriving and developing. Sweet!
Surprise in store for Auckland kōhanga kids: Twenty-five kōhanga reo Maori language immerson schools will have new playhouses in their playgrounds. The initiative is a result of a partnership between Crombie Lockwood and the kōhanga reo in the region. Lol! That’s really cool thoughtful.
Day 3: September 2nd: Demand for coal down as coal miners’ families pay the price
Waikato-Tainui is trying to offer support to the Huntly miners affected in the 123 jobs lost at solid energy’s Huntly east mine. The drop in industry demand for coal caused the job losses. Can Huntly families stay the buffeting winds of change? Ngati Toa Rangatira news: The path to reaching a treaty settlement has been a rocky one for Ngati Toa Rangatira, but after 20 years, the iwi accepted an apology from The Crown. The Port Nicholson Trust want to block aspects of the settlement going through.
Te Aurere and Ngahiraka-mai-tawhiti (the double-hulled canoes on a voyage to Rapanui (Easter Island) have sailed over 900 nautical miles already into the Pacific Ocean. Reports state, both crews are in good spirits.
All right, that was a taste of news from a Maori perspective in and around the hardworking news journalists of New Zealand, giving us the diverse view of what it means to value news and Kiwis.
News source: Te Karere News.
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