Taiohi Toa o Te Awe comes to Parliament

Posted on 21 June 2012

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Te Awe in collaboration with the Maori Party Parliamentary Office set up a week-long work experience for Y12 Wellington East Girls’ College student, Lily Simmons, as part of the Taiohi Toa o Te Awe programme. Lily spent the week in each of the three MP’s offices and got to experience a day in Tariana’s shoes as she accompanied her to a number of engagements. It was a pleasure to have Lily amongst us during that week, and we wish her well for the future.

Tariana attends 2012 World Indigenous Housing Conference Tariana is currently in Vancouver British Columbia, Canada attending the World Conference: ‘Sharing our Stories, Sharing our Successes’. Tariana was a keynote speaker at three sessions : ‘Indigenous Leaders in Senior Government Positions’ , ‘the National Housing Ministers Forum’ and ‘Te Tiriti o Waitangi in Action- Partnership in action between iwi and the Crown’ – with Naida Glavish, Chair, Iwi Leaders Group for Housing. A feature of the conference was the interest and enthusiasm it has generated amongst tangata whenua. A large contingent from Aotearoa attended.

While in Canada, Tariana took up the opportunity for a series of site visits to indigenous housing providers; to spend time with community services hosted by the Squamish Nation and Musqueam community services and make a visit to the Squamish Cultural Centre.

Maori business in China Pita has JUST got back from China, having led a trade delegation to meet senior Government and State officials and business contacts in Beijing, Shanghai, Guizhou, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Jiangmen and Hong Kong. This followed up a more exploratory delegation in 2010. This time deals were signed, agreements finalised and relationships consolidated , helping to secure a lasting presence for Maori business in China . TVNZ sent reporter Jodi Ihaka and camera operator Phil Melville to cover the trip. Jodi was impressed! She interviewed Pita for Marae Investigates and supplied stories for Te Karere.

Picture below: Pita and Taine Randall showing how Maori culture and values, which emphasise personal and cultural relationships, are a key to open doors in China. Collaboration in action Te Ururoa was proud to introduce the Mount Maunganui Borough Reclamation and Empowering Act Repeal Bill to the House on Wednesday, and used the opportunity to acknowledge the efforts by everyone involved including Nga Potiki, in co-operation with Ngaiterangi; Ngati Ranginui and Ngati Pukenga as well as the Tauranga City Council.

The Bill aims to repeal the current legislation which established the construction of oxidation ponds from which effluent would be temporarily be discharged into Te Tahuna o Rangataua and is considered essentially offensive to all iwi within the region- as well as distasteful to the wider community. Maori Party Gambling Bill on everyone’s radar As it reaches its due submission date, Te Ururoa's Gambling Bill has been getting a lot of attention from both supporters and opposition. So our anti-gambling champion has spent the last few days defending our bill and questions the actions by some lobbying against the Bill. Keep an eye out next week as Te Ururoa rallies to set the record straight and continues to champion for gambling harm reduction.

Maori Party Celebrates Policy Change to Support Home-based carers. The Maori Party celebrates the decision by the Government not to appeal the Court ruling that parents who care for their disabled family members at home should be paid. This has been a position that co-leader Tariana Turia has long advocated for, and so we are extremely pleased at the progress achieved.

We believe that whaanau should feel safe and secure and should be able to live with dignity - and that it is important that families be recognised and valued for the time they spend in looking after their disabled whanaunga. Ka mau te wehi! Hei whakamaumamahara: Submissions are due for the Gambling reforms (June 21) and Tobacco reforms (June 22). The Maori Party welcomes your feedback: maoriparty@maoriparty.org



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