Issue 22 - Paenga-whāwhā - Haratua 2011

May 2011

In Kōkiri 22 we pay tribute to the survivors of the Canterbury earthquake and those who volunteered to help out in the aftermath. This Kōkiri edition also highlights the Māori Economic Summit as well as the community initiatives, research projects and testing models developed by the Māori Economic Taskforce.

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Ngā Rohe

Te Taitokerau: With care, a small kūmara will produce a harvest

Several Taitokerau gardeners have been gifted with traditional Māori kūmara cultivars in a rewarding effort to re-build seed stocks.

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Tāmaki Makaurau: Rameka has designs on his future

Rāmeka Alexander-Tu’inukuafe has successfully secured a full-time position as a Graduate Interior Designer with Architecture company Jasmax.

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Waikato: Womens Refuge assist with post-earthquake relief efforts

Five wāhine were amongst the first from Te Whakaruruhau Māori Women’s Refuge to travel to Christchurch to assist Ōtautahi Māori Women’s Refuge with post-earthquake relief efforts.

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Te Moana ā Toi: Te Whanau ā Apanui fruit growers sustainable labour initiative

In 2010 Te Whānau ā Apanui Fruit Growers Sustainable Labour Initiative was developed to create sustainable employment in horticulture within Te Whānau ā Apanui.

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Te Arawa: Nga kōrero ā rohe

Te Puni Kōkiri Te Arawa has worked with Te Kupenga Charitable Trust to strengthen their governance and management and complete a feasibility study of their assets.The Trust is looking at diversifying into enterprises using the hapū assets. Assets like cultural knowledge, natural resources (land, flora and water) and people to develop enterprises that will lead to sustainable employment for hapū members.

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Te Tairāwhiti: Iwi Karioi - Hakanation

Tairāwhiti Museum hosted the Iwi Karioi: HakaNation exhibition which opened on 29 January 2011 and acknowledged the significant achievements of Tairāwhiti composers and leaders of Kapa Haka, including Tā Apirana Ngāta, Ngoi Pēwhairangi and Wiremu Kerekere. The exhibition acknowledged the creative genius that is characteristic of kapa haka in Te Tairāwhiti, showcasing historic recordings of well known waiata and taonga tuku iho of local Kapa Haka groups.

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Takitimu: The Mana Whenua project

Te Puni Kōkiri realised the potential in supporting owners of multiply-owned Māori land to use their land as a sustainable and practical resource making positive gains socially, culturally, spiritually, politically and economically.

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Te Tai Hauāru: Te Paepae at Womad

The sounds of activity and kōrero about raranga, mirimiri and tā moko filled Te Paepae during the Womad Festival in New Plymouth in March. Highlights were the poi making workshops, a hula workshop with Mana Māoli from Hawaii and a taonga pūoro demonstration from Ngā Tae. Award-winning young singer-songwriter Maisey Rika was the guest for the Artist in Conversation session.

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Te Whanganui ā Tara: Te Taiohitoa o Te Awe - Te Awe young champions programme

Te Awe, the Wellington Māori Business Network is serious about developing skills and experience for Māori students in Year 11 and Year 12 and help them to improve their future vocational choices.

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Main Feature

Helping out in Ōtautahi

The earthquake that shook Christchurch at 12.51pm on Tuesday 22 February 2011 has become the biggest natural disaster to strike our country since the Napier or Hawke’s Bay earthquake almost to the day, 80 years ago.

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First team In

Herewini Te Koha – Deputy Secretary, Relationships and Information– was in the first team that went in just after the earthquake. He actually took the call from Dave Ormsby reporting in after he had evacuated the Christchurch office.

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Ngāi Tahu kicks in

When Rūaumoko stirred at 12.51pm on Tuesday 22 February it changed Christchurch, its communities and the lives of many whānau forever.

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Marae helping out

Marae in and around Christchurch, on routes out of the city – and elsewhere too - have played a role in helping people affected by the earthquake.

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Minister Turia congratulates the helpers

I am proud of the way our nation has responded to the devastating Christchurch earthquake.

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Ahuwhenua trophy 2011 finalists announced

Waipapa 9 Trust, 2010 winner of the Ahuwhenua Trophy, Dairying Trophy is once again a finalist in this year’s Ahuwhenua Trophy - BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Awards, the premier award for Māori in agriculture.

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Te Ao Māori

Unlocking the potential of the Māori land agribusiness

The Minister of Māori Affairs, Dr Pita Sharples recently launched the report Owners’ Aspirations Regarding the Use of Māori Land at Parliament in conjunction with Hon David Carter, Minister of Agriculture, who released the report Māori Agribusiness in New Zealand: A Study of the Māori Freehold Land Resource.

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In Business

Piki ake ki te tihi - Strive for excellence

Our treasured whakataukï ‘He aha te mea nui o tēnei ao? He tangata, he tangata, he tangata’ really resonates when I consider the numerous triumphs and challenges achieved by our business clients. It is the opportunity to work alongside our clients, contracted business mentors, and industry partners which has made this entire journey for the MBFS team meaningful and worthwhile.

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Two years on: Māori Economic Taskforce

Chaired by the Minister of Māori Affairs, the Taskforce includes the Associate Minister of Māori Affairs, the Hon Georgina te Heuheu and Te Puni Kōkiri Chief Executive, Mr Leith Comer. The Māori Economic Taskforce members appointed for their expertise in a wide range of disciplines include:

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Industry scholarships create opportunities for Māori

Eight Māori working in the civil infrastructure industry are a step closer to achieving their career goals, after they each received a $10,000 National Diploma Scholarship.

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Celebrating young people's successes however small they might be

Pride Lands Ltd is calling for nominations to celebrate young people’s achievements. When was the last time we celebrated the achievement of our next generation in public? When was the last time we gave our children a standing ovation with pride and joy? The Pride Awards is that chance.

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