For the price of 120 Auckland houses (that are semi-decent) in today’s current market, The Crown has inked a deal with a Maori tribe Ngai Takoto. The deal recognizes 172 years of thieving from Maori. It is a symbolic apology.
Let’s take a look at the story.
APNZ writers write: The Crown has signed a deed of settlement worth more than $20 million for all outstanding historical Treaty claims with Ngai Takato at Te Ahu Centre in Kaitaia.
Ngai Takoto were left virtually landless by the historical actions of the Crown, Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson said.
“Finally, the people of Ngai Takoto can look forward to a brighter future – 27 years since the Muriwhenua claims were lodged in the area.”
The settlement would provide Ngai Takoto with a strong foundation for economic and social development and would help to transform the social circumstances of their people, Mr Finlayson said.
Ngai Takoto would receive commercial redress of $21.04 million, and the return of culturally significant sites such as on Wharemaru East Beach. (nice one).
The collective redress that would be shared with other Te Hiku iwi included a co-governance arrangement with Northland Regional Council and the Far North District Council over Te Oneroa-a-Tohe Ninety Mile Beach to protect and manage the beach. (okay, so responsibility on Maori, shared).
Te Hiku iwi would be involved in decisions for the protection and development of public conservation lands remaining in Crown ownership through the Korowai for Enhanced Conservation.
Also included was an Accord that set out how the Crown and iwi would work together to transform the social development and wellbeing of Te Hiku whanau, hapu, iwi and wider community. (entrepreneurial strategies should be the main purpose of the agreement, one hopes).
The deed of settlement will be given effect through legislation. (more…)
Kelvin Davis speaks of a pedaphile school teacher and principal, who carried out crimes against children for years, in the district of Pamapuria, Northland - on The Close Up TV show. Watch here.
Kelvin says, “it’s totally unacceptable. The guy was a monster. He’s ruined lives. Abused young peoples trust. A systemic failure. Pedaphiles are sneaky and cunning (hard to screen). There’s a cloud over most New Zealand male teachers now and that’s really sad because we need more male teachers in the school system. Jamie Parker (the sex offending principal) has stuffed that up for everyone. People are devastated. It’s a breach of trust, betrayal of the community. Because of the boys who talked about it and their bravery all kids are safe now. We have to protect all of the kids in our communities.”
All power to Kelvin on dealing with sex abusers, abuse of minors, the abuse of power in New Zealand schools or any school for that matter!
The story is so sad for a community geographically isolated, to have had this happen. Sad.
The community has suffered enough economic abuse, through lack of development to the region, let alone physical abuse too now to deal with.
[Photo: Ngapuhi Iwi, Tuhoronuku website photo].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 23.8.12~
The “tuakana-teina” paradigm of mentorship has kept New Zealand society going for over a thousands years. In Maori society this means: older people look out for and are supportive of people younger. It’s a Kiwi aesthetic that the cool Kiwis have embraced within our culture.
That made me think today of Dr Bruce Craig Gregory. As a kid I grew up, seeing his silver hair as a poltician at functions. His story goes, In 1937, Bruce was born. He served as a politician of Te Tai Tokerau, Northland for 13 years.
I’m not sure what it was he achieved. Oops! Yet our school teachers held him up as a role model Maori-Kiwi kids should emulate. He 100% looked the part as an ambassador for Maori and Northland people in the newspaper.
Abi Thomas writes: “Ever heard Elvis Presley’s Hound Dog played on 14 ukuleles? No? Neither had I before visiting the 22nd annual Summer Do at Whangarei Quarry Arts Centre.
The summer art workshops bring together professional tutors in a variety of art forms and offer keen artists the chance to learn and spend a week engrossed in their work. When I arrived, 13 students were strumming their way through Hound Dog.
Quarry Arts Centre manager Claire Nicholls said 72 people from across the country were enrolled in the workshops, three fewer than last year. “It’s good the numbers are still high, we’ve got a real bunch of regulars who come every year. They save up for it and plan for it, so the tough economic times haven’t affected us much,” she said.
Typical courses to participate in are ukulele, acrylic resist etching and printmaking, darjit garden sculpture, mixed media painting and concrete carving, alongside the usual courses in oil painting, earth building and stone sculpture.
Dr Bruce of Kaitaia, Northland – said like a sport he participated, “in an attempt to revive some of his childhood memories.”"
In Elvis news in NZ newspapers’ print media: Find out how Priscilla Presley, secured a $500,000 investment grant, visited Hearst Castle, Will Rogers‘ home, even Disney World to garner ideas and revamp Graceland into a tourist attraction for Memphis, fans of gospel blues, rock n’ roll - the world over. 30 years on, 18 million people have visited and the economy of Memphis, lifted from $1b in the early 80′s to $3b as it stands today. For an inspiring showcase about gracious teamwork - Shake to it here. To explore Memphis in May festival, river roll it here.
[Photo - Dreamwidth]
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 14.6.12~
TRIATHLETE DOCTOR LANCE O’SULLIVAN QUITS IN THE FAR NORTH’S KAITAIA OVER HEALTH INEQUALITY PROVISION
Here’s a medical ethics champion narrative for our times:
Maori Doctor, Lance O’Sullivan has quit over a funding row, regarding treating patients fairly in his hometown.
Good on him. More here.
Previously, GP Lance (who doubles as a triathlon, Ironman and Iron Maori athlete) gave New Zealand this message: “Heart disease kills more Maori men, than anyone else in New Zealand.”
What the heck are we gonna do now? is what his fans and patients are saying. Kaitaia GPs have all rallied around Lance, saying they want him to stay. O’Sullivan resigned at Health provider Te Hauora o Te Hiku o Te Ika due to philosophical differences. “It’s about how a Maori doctor can be well supported to do a difficult job,” is what Lance says.
[Read more. Photos: One Heart Many Lives website.]
~Posted by Horiwoodblog,Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 14.6.12~
The thing about living in New Zealand, is that 12 year-olds can write better than many adults – me, included. It just goes to show how hard school teachers work in New Zealand in education. They’re pretty amazing people to produce young people that read and write so well.
Kelly Davis is one such kid. Here Kelly writes an article in the paper about Kelvin Davis – a principal of a school that became a backbenchers politician.
“WHEREVER Kelvin Davis goes, everyone knows who he is. This is thanks to his bright red, moving billboard Ford Falcon, which has the words “Kelvin Davis, MP” emblazoned conspicuously across both its sides (something I, as his daughter, am painfully aware of).
He is a Labour List MP and frequently appears voicing his opinions on current events programmes such as Marae, Te Kaea and Te Karere.
His newspaper column, From the Back Bench, is a regular in the Northland Age. He works as the Labour spokesperson for tourism and special education, and as the associate spokesperson for education and maori affairs.
Here’s Jordan Samuel, fresh from returning from Hawaii where he spent ten days, workshopping with Hawaiian youth.
This day, Jordan has spoken to 1,000 kids in Te Tai Tokerau (the Top of New Zealand), doing exactly the same thing as in Hawaii with the young people of Kaitaia.
Nice one Jordan!
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 14.7.11~