Issue 15 - Pipiri - Hōngongoi 2009

August 2009

In this edition of Kōkiri we take an indepth look at Te Puni Kōkiri's work programme around trade training. We feature the successful Māori Affairs Trade Training Scheme and Prime Minister Hon John Key and Minister of Māori Affairs Hon Dr Pita Sharples launches Māori in Industry and Trades Training where Te Puni Kōkiri and Infratrain (the Infrastructure Industry Training Organisation) are working together to support and upskill Māori in the industry. Kōkiri 15 also looks into Budget 2009, contains information about the work of The Māori Economic Taskforce and we profile Ngāti Kahungunu, we talk with Māori entrepreneurs in Te Moana ā Toi just to name a few so check out Kōkiri 15.

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Ngā Rohe

Te Arawa: Supporting Future Te Arawa Leaders

Te Arawa Fisheries, with the support of Te Puni Kōkiri, hosted a two-day wānanga for future Te Arawa leaders.

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Te Moana ā Toi: Māori Stage

Te Puni Kōkiri supported the Tauranga Jazz Society to provide a Māori stage for the first time at a National Jazz Festival.

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Waikato: Academic Success

A Waikato woman scoops top honours at this year’s Te Amorangi National Māori Academic Awards for her educational commitment to her awa.

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Tairāwhiti: Rangatahi

Te Puni Kōkiri supported the Tairāwhiti Regional Manu KŌrero speech competition and the regional secondary schools Kapa Haka festival. The competition and festival were hosted by Te Aitanga ā Hauiti and the Ūawa community. Twelve secondary schools participated in the Manu Kōrero with Hineteariki Parata-Walker winning the Pei Te Hurinui, Karli Rickard the Korimako, Te Aomarama Nohotima the Rāwhiti Ihaka and Te Ao o Hinepehinga Rauna the Tā Turi Kara Trophy. Nine schools combined to form six rōpū in the kapa haka section with Turanga Wahine Turanga Tane taking top honours.

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Tamaki Maukaurau: Prime Minister Visits Iwi

Ngāti Whātua o Ōrākei recently welcomed Prime Minister John Key to Ōrākei Marae in Tāmaki Makaurau under the kaupapa of whanaungatanga. The iwi mana whenua took the opportunity to discuss with the Prime Minister their views on the super city proposal, the iwi’s claims and developing economic benefits through tourism opportunities. Te Puni Kōkiri provided support for the Prime Minister and Ngāti Whātua. The iwi presented a taonga to the Prime Minister showing the traditional and historical place names within the Tāmaki Makaurau region.

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Te Tai Hāuauru: Preserving History

Te Puni Kōkiri and National Services Te Paerangi hosted a two-day digital photography and paper conservation workshop in Hawera for south Taranaki Māori. Participants were taught how to make the best use of their own digital cameras and to record images of tupuna and whānau. The next day, Vicki-Anne Heikel showed how to care for precious paper documents like Bibles, whakapapa, manuscripts, journals and diaries. A highlight of the workshop for some of the participants was making a storage box from acid-free cardboard for their own documents.

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Te Whanganui ā Tara: Uniting a Community

Te Kura Māori o Porirua recently held their school gala to unite their community. The theme of the gala was “Kai @ the Kura”, with a focus on uniting the local Porirua community including whānau, kaumātua, students and kaimahi. Parents, children and staff organised a range of kai stalls, activities, arts and crafts and entertainment for the whole community. A highlight of the celebrations was a combined kapa haka performance by all the students of the kura. Te Puni Kōkiri supported Te Kura o Porirua in hosting the gala.

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Takitimu: Rangatahi in Sports

Te Puni Kōkiri supported He Oranga Poutama through Sport Hawke’s Bay to increase the participation rates and leadership of rangatahi in sports and physical activity. Rangatahi that have shown potential in sports, academia or te ao Māori have been selected to participate in a year-long programme, Wā Tika Nā Rōpū, operating at Flaxmere Primary School in Hastings and Maraenui School in Napier. The programme contains weekly activities including training sessions with sportspeople, cultural events and education about traditional Māori sports.

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Te Waipounamu: Strategy for Success

The Southern Māori Charitable Research Trust with the support of Te Puni Kōkiri has concluded a socio-economic research project focused on developing strategies to help accelerate Māori social, cultural and economic success in the Tai Poutini region. The research included interviews and hui with key stakeholders about housing, income management, economic and financial literacy, health, employment, vocational education and training. Te Puni Kōkiri identified the need for this research as a means to provide clear strategies to enable Māori to be successful.

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Main Feature

Building our Future

There is no doubt that Māori are feeling the effects of the current economic downturn. Jobs are being lost, whānau have lost their incomes and communities are feeling the strain.

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Laying the Foundations

In 1959 the Department of Māori Affairs (Te Puni Kōkiri’s predecessor) launched the first of a number of special training schemes, the Māori Trade Training Scheme, in a new drive to encourage more young Māori into skilled trades. From a modest start when 10 teenage Māori boys were recruited for carpentry training in Tāmaki Makaurau, the scheme grew rapidly and by 1966 had increased its intake to 144 boys each year. By 1970 the scheme had taken on 1,100 boys at training centres in Tāmaki Makaurau, Lower Hutt and Ōtautahi.

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Te Ao Māori

Extra Funding for Iwi Radio

The importance of Māori language and culture as an integral part of Māori identity and New Zealand’s national identity was recognised in Budget 2009.

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The Māori Economic Taskforce

The Government is investing $10 million over 2009/10 and 2010/11 in the Māori Economic Taskforce.

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Our People, Our Mission

Head of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa Bentham Ohia is leading the development of an education and training strategy to support Māori and New Zealand through the economic recession.

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In Business

Local Whakatāne Directory

Carwyn Evans’ (Ngāi Tūhoe) business is to promote the Whakatāne region, its businesses and services to the world.

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Fine Dining in Ōpotiki

More than 18 months ago Nora Moore-Kelly (Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Te WhakatŌhea) decided to open her own fine dining café in Ōpotiki. Nora’s café, Rostcards 1914, is named after the nearly 100-year-old building in which it is located. The café is on the second floor overlooking Ōpotiki.

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Village Public Relations

Tim and Bridgette Paton-Tapsell (Ngāti Whakaue) are in the business of public relations.

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Oranga Coaching Services

In April 2008 Ellis Bryers (Ngāpuhi) gave up his 25-year career as a commercial fisherman to start his own life coaching business.

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Creative New Zealand

2009 Venice Biennale

Current National Kapa Haka champions Te Waka Huia performed through the streets of Venice, Italy recently to launch New Zealand’s official presence at the Venice Biennale 2009.

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Sustainable Kids Programme

Promoting nutrition and physical activity in sustainable ways was the focus of the Agencies for Nutrition Action Conference. Physical activity and nutrition experts from all over the country, as well as overseas experts, gathered at the conference held in Wellington.

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Iwi Profiles

Kahungunu Passport and CD

Ngāti Kahungunu recently released a 56-page booklet and CD containing Ngāti Kahungunu history, whakapapa, karakia, pepeha, oriori, moteatea, haka and himene.

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The Ngāti Kahungunu Population

Ngāti Kahungunu has the third largest iwi population with 59,946 people or 12 percent of the total Māori population are Ngāti Kahungunu. The Ngāti Kahungunu population grew by 8394 people or 16.3 percent since the 2001 census. More than half of the iwi’s population (61 percent) is under the age of 30 reflecting the youthful nature of the Māori population in general.

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