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120524 E Mara E Pānui - 25 May 2012


Takiwā - Taurahere Elections 2012         

Every three years elections are held in a selected group of Takiwā or Taurahere to elect its executive and trustee representative. 

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Town rejoices end of Affco workers lockout

A bitter industrial dispute which threatened a Northland town’s future is over.                                 

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BOP seen as as showcase for Maori wards

Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres says there’s a good argument for Maori seats on local councils: the Maori wards on the Bay of Plenty Regional Council provide effective representation.

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Praise for iwi group’s mediation

The Iwi Leaders Group is winning praise for its role in ending the Affco industrial dispute.

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Panui

Northland Leadership Week - Nominate a Young Leader

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Maoridom’s ‘shameful burden of disease’ - Thursday May 24 2012

Kaitaia GP Dr Lance O’Sullivan rarely minces his words, especially when he’s talking about how he sees the primary health system failing the poor, and in particular Maori.

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Race commissioner calls for Maori seats on councils

The Race Relations Commissioner is calling for the enforced provision of Maori seats on local councils nationwide.

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‘Archaic’ powers frustrate Maori wardens

Maori affairs reporter Maori warden volunteers have threatened to hand in their warrants unless the law governing their association is reformed - a drastic move throwing the future of the organisation in doubt.

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Can Maori learn from Hawaiians?

We are endeavouring to build a relationship that will provide many education, business and personal strengths with a close international neighbour but also with a significant Polynesian relationship, Dr Puketapusaid.

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Launch of Mining Data Provokes Warnings and Protest 

The proverb “Go to the river and drink for it will give you life’, speaks of our position”, says Bryce Smith for teWakameninga o nga hapu o Ngapuhi. Our duty is to protect all that sustains life and our wellbeing. This includes clean water, fertile land to grow food and the sea. The invitation for multinational mining companies to come to the North by Government bodies puts that at risk.

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Military-style academy produces graduates

One of four graduates of a Whangarei academy offering military-style residential school programme for boys says he was just cruising through school before he joined.

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Mining in Northland could stem exodus to Oz  

Mining is Northland’s best hope of creating jobs and stemming the exodus to Australia, Far North Mayor Wayne Brown says.

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Activists fight Northland mining  

 

Protesters worried that Northland is to be opened up for wide-scale gold and other mineral mining marced on Waitangi yesterday, waving placards and chanting slogans such as “2, 4, 6, 8, we don’t want your toxic waste.”

 

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Locals lured with $110K pa

A recruitment company on the hunt for Northland men to work in Australia’s booming mining industry says jobs paying at least $110,000 a year are on offer

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Northland Community Response Forum Hui @Wed 30 May, 9.30am-10.30am (Whangarei)

Venue: Northland Hockey Headquarters, Park Avenue, Kensington, Whangarei.  Following on from the providers' community engagement meeting held in February, the Northland Community Response Forum has scheduled a clients'meeting.  The session will offer a brief explanation of the role of the Community Response Forum and then focus on encouraging attendees to offer their views on how social services might be improved to better meet the needs of children under five and their families/ whanau. Because the Forum reports directly to Minister Bennett it will be a rare opportunity for parents to have their say about a wide range of issues that concern them.

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Full steam ahead   

The weather was fine and the competition was more fun than fierce in the annual Puff’n’Pull Carnival in Kawakawa.

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Upcoming Events @Miria Marae, Waiomio

The are a few events coming up in June

-          Whanau Night: Waiata, Korero @1 June, 6pm (pot luck dinner)

-          Monster Garage Sale @2 June, 7am-2pm

-          Hunting & Fishing Tournament @1-3 June

Nau maiHaere mai Whanau katoa

For more information email miria.marae@gmail.com

Reading programme succeeds at Waima

The staff at Waima School are driving literacy following the success of their numeracy evening in term one.

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Maori asked to help American tribe uphold native rights

An American tribe embroiled in a native rights dispute is appealing for help from Maori.

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Maori to benefit from new fishing laws - union

The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions vice president Maori says the new foreign charter vessel regulations will benefit Maori.

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Land and Water Forum - Second Report

The Form’s second major report @18 May

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Let’s Wise Up To Weeds Workshops @June

Get up close and personal with some of the worst weeds in Northland and take control. 

KaitaiaWhare Marino. Kaitaia Primary School @13 June

Kerikeri: Kingston House, Hone Heke Road @14 June

Whangarei: NRC, 36 Water St @15 or 16 June

These are free workshops (9am-12pm or 1pm-4pm) provided by the Northland Regional Council (NRC) and will focus on pest plants in Northland - how to identify them, how they are spread and how to control them.  To register and for more information contact Sara Brill (Pest Plant Officer) on 0800 002 004 ext. 9162 orsarab@nrc.govt.nz

No food, no shoes and kids kept home

Rotorua children are going to school barefoot in winter and without lunch - or skipping school because they have not food as parents struggle to cover everyday costs.

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