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120412 E Mara E Pānui - 12 April 2012


Six Roadshows @Mon 16 April - Thurs 19 April


From Taiamai ki te Marangai to Te Taurahere o Ngapuhi  ki te Tonga o Tamaki Makaurau.




Te Ropu Kaumatua Kuia o Te Whare Tapu o Ngapuhi Hui @Tues 17 April, 10am Whakatau (Kaikohe)

Venue: The Board Room, Te Runanga-A-Iwi-O-Ngapuhi, 16 Mangakahia Road, Kaikohe.

Te Kaupapa o te Hui:  1. Tuhoronuku update   2. General Business

Contact Kipa Munro 0800 101 084 or email kipa.muro@ngapuhi.iwi.nz


Tangi for soldier in Northland               


The body of Corporal Douglas Charles Hughes, 26, arrived at at Whenuapai on Saturday where a ceremony was held to pay respects, and was attended by senior military and civilian personnel of the Defence Force and members of his family.




Updating the Emissions Trading Scheme: Regional Consultation Meetings


The Crown invite Maori Trusts and Incorporations, Whanau, Hapu and Iwi to attend one of a series of regional hui to hear from Crown officials about updates are being proposed to the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme. Kaikohe, Mid North Motor Inn @Tues 17 April, 10:30am-1pm.  Whangarei, Flame International Hotel @Tues 17 April, 5-7pm.  Direct any questions or RSVPs to ETSConsultation@climatechange.govt.nz




Kids need us to believe in their dreams


Some of my mokopuna have introduced me to the concept of a Transformer - toys which have the capacity to change from a vehicle or an animal to a robot action figure. They're fascinating in their evolution - with a twist of the wrist my mokopuna can make a completely new object out of the existing component parts; creating something wonderful and new out of the old.‘                                                 




Moerewa takes on MOE over Govt edict


Moerewa School and its senior students are planning to defy an order from the Minister of Education Hekia Parata telling the students to move to other schools by the beginning of the next term.




Tough Easter for Moerewa            


Motown Streetwarz had Moerewa buzzing at the weekend - but the excitement eluded the scores of families scraping financially through Easter, with their wage-earners locked out of the Talley's Affco meat works.




The best day of my life


Ralph Hotere's siblings, three of whom live in Kaitaia, are extremely proud of their brother, widely regarded as New Zealand's greatest living artist. And the five who remain (from a family of 15) gathered in Dunedin to see their brother receive the insignia of a Member of the Order of New Zealand, the country's highest honour, which can be held by no more than 20 living people at any given time.



Harnessing the Maori economy


As Solomon told me at last week's high-powered Maori economic summit, he challenged the influential Auckland business audience, saying: "Your question's back to front. The question isn't 'are iwi ready to invest?'  "The question is 'are you ready to invest with iwi?' as we have stood in front of you for 150 years and been absolutely invisible.



Maori investment:  The sleeping giant wakes


BERL chief economist Ganesh Nana says Maori enterprises need to find new ways to collaborate and innovate if they are to realise their potential. Nana predicts the Maori sector could create another 150,000 jobs by 2060 by investing in science and innovation and a collaborative approach to investing.



Govt close to $1b Treaty settlement threshold


The Government is on the brink of a $1 billion Treaty settlement threshold which, once triggered, will entitle Waikato-Tainui and Ngai Tahu to extra multimillion-dollar payouts linked to their historic deals.




Maori grower group heads to Tokyo to promote kiwifruit


A Maori-owned kiwifruit company is leading a 55-strong business and cultural delegation to Tokyo aimed at increasing the country's share of the premium market.




Maori music icon immortalised


He Rangi Paihuarere’ revives Dr Melbourne’s melodies in a range of genre – from classical opera to electronic dub, from acoustic soul to rap – with well-known artists such as Te Awanui Reeder (Nesian Mystik) and Warren Maxwell (ex-Trinity Roots) included in the line-up.


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Have you got Talent? $100K prize up for grabs – Maori wanted!!       


TVOne’s new entertainment series is set to hit our screens in coming months after auditions are held throughout the country.




Affco wants MWU books checked


Affco is raising the stakes in its dispute with the Meat Workers Union by asking the Serious Fraud Office to   look into the union's financial accounts- just hours before the two sides are due to meet in mediation.


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MP Heatley, Minister of Housing fails NZ Housing Facts 101 (along with 7,000+whanau)


RadioNZ reported today that a housing loan programme backed by the government to assist Maori wanting to build on homes on ancestral lands had made just 4 loans in 2 years. The programme was developed to address the problem of building on land that is has multiple owners (i.e. papakainga) which find getting loans to build difficult, as the land can’t be sold. As a result, Housing NZ developed the Kainga Whenua loans, which were made available through Housing NZ and Kiwibank.




MasterChef  north star Zee Tana shines


Zee Tana is not just passionate about food - he reckons he's obsessed.