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Monday, april 15, 2013 cook Islands News

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Call for disarmament

Fate of injured women hostages not known BuKA – At the time of going to

press there was no update on papua New Guinea or world media news sites regarding the fate of three injured women being held hostage in a sorcery-related incident in Bougainville. Local police have said they don’t have the manpower or irepower to take action to free the women. But it’s not only the police that are standing by doing nothing. When the ABC News contacted Stephen Kamma, the Minister for Bougainville Affairs, he declined to comment, saying he didn’t want to get involved. Kate Schuetze, Amnesty International’s Paciic researcher said: “If all the police can do is stand by and watch while women are executed, that’s a very sad situation for the country indeed. “I understand that there are limitations with resources, but it’s not an adequate excuse for government to say that they can’t protect someone’s life and meet their responsibilities that they’ve signed up to just because they don’t have the capacity.” Human rights activists in the autonomous papua New Guinea province have called for a renewed effort to remove all guns from the community. This comes after last week’s brutal killing of women’s rights advocate, Helen rumbali and the torturing of members of her extended family.

The perpetrators had accused the rumbali women of sorcery but the chair of the North Bougainville Human rights Committee, Helen Hakena, says a protest march was told the attackers were driven by jealousy of the rumbali family. “The family is well known, they’ve got positions in government and this woman is a women’s leader – and they’ve got good homes.” Despite being unable to rescue rumbali’s sister and two nieces from a village medical centre, police have promised to catch the killers while Hakena says the marchers want a total disarmament of the province. “Because when we see guns, there are so many guns, like guns have come out into the open again after the incident last week, so we are calling on the government to send police to investigate and at the same time to remove all the guns that are still in circulation here in Bougainville.” rNZI reports that a gun free Bougainville is necessary before the province can conduct a referendum on possible independence, as allowed for under the peace Agreement. The pacific Women’s Network Against Violence Against Women has announced it stands in solidarity with the North Bougainville Human rights Committee in condemning and demanding an end to sorceryrelated killings of innocent

women in papua New Guinea. “This barbaric act is yet another example of the unrelenting violence that women and girls are subjected to in papua New Guinea,” Shamima Ali, Coordinator of the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre and Chairperson of the Paciic Women’s Network Against Violence Against Women, said. “In this instance, our sister who was advocating for human rights and the empowerment of women in Bougainville has been mercilessly executed on the pretext that she was engaging in witchcraft. “Helen rumbali was a person who dedicated her life to the betterment and development of Bougainville. “ Women who stand up against misogyny and violence to try and help other women are being accused of sorcery in order to try to intimidate and silence them.” “Helen rumbali’s murder is the latest atrocity in this war on women” said Ali. “The government of papua New Guinea must immediately condemn these killings and take all measures for the immediate disarmament of all civilians, including ex-combatants.” “We call on the government to develop progressive legislation and policies to ensure the protection of women and girls and the prevention of violence perpetrated against them,” Ali said. - PNC

Aussie Scott wins the Masters

aotearoa NEWS CHAIRMAN MAO’S FEATHER CLOAK COMING HOME A MAORI cloak given to china’s leader Mao Zedong in 1957 is to be temporarily returned to New Zealand. The announcement was made by Maori Afairs Minister Pita Sharples who is with Prime Minister John Key on a trade mission in china. The feather cloak (kakahu huruhuru) was given to chairman Mao by New Zealand ilm-maker Ramai Te Miha Hayward on behalf of the ifth Maori King, Koroki, as a gift of goodwill to the chinese leaders. Hayward was part of a small delegation of the New Zealand china Friendship Society, which also included the poet Ron Mason. In 2004, New Zealand ambassador John McKinnon searched for the cloak and found it stored in the National Museum of China in Beijing with other foreign gifts. The cloak will be displayed in Wellington at the national museum, Te Papa Tongarewa, from June 13 to October 20. It was handed over at an event at the National Museum of china hosted by Vice-Premier Liu Yandong, who spoke about how special the cloak was as it was gifted at a time when there was much suspicion about china. - RNZI

INDIGENOUS CHANNEL PRAISES MAORI TV SUPPORT ABORIGINAL broadcasters in Australia are praising Maori Television for the support it’s given and sharing its knowledge and TV shows to help ill their programme content. The National Indigenous Television service (NITV) was launched in 2007 but six months ago joined the SBS network, to enable it to broadcast to the whole of Australia. NITV manager, Tanya Denning, who belongs to the Birri nation from central and northern Queensland, says Maori TV has backed the channel right from the start, and collaborating with them and other indigenous broadcasters has given them a sense of unity. She says it helps that Australia and Aotearoa are so close. Denning says the staf at Maori TV have been very encouraging and both channels have a good relationship; not only on a professional level but also on a wider level as a group of international indigenous broadcasters. - RNZI

DESCENDANTS UNITE FOR RESTORATION OF POLLUTED LAKE SIcK of waiting for action, descendants of Muaupoko and Pareraukawa have taken the issue of pollution of Lake Horowhenua in the Wairarapa and set up a working party to push the restoration of the lake and stream to begin in earnest this year. They were to hold a public meeting in Levin on Sunday to seek support from the public for eforts to return Lake Horowhenua and the stream to a pristine state. Working party convenor Professor Whatarangi Winiata has drawn together local iwi with common interests in the lake and stream. “Our people have been located beside the lake and the Hokio stream for almost 200 years,” he said. “The irst 150 years those water bodies sustained our people. Sixty years ago the council made a decision which has had disastrous consequences for our hapu, for local iwi and now for the community as a whole. That decision to discharge sewage into the lake in 1953 continues to have signiicant negative consequences today.” Local environmentalist Peter Huria said the lake is a sacred body of water for him and was for his tupuna for hundreds of years. He is distressed to see the lake in its current state and supports the move to take action. - NZH

NGATI POROU TO CREATE CONSTRUCTION COMPANY EAST Coast iwi Ngati Porou is to set up its own building irm with the aim of creating afordable housing for descendants. Ngati Porou Runanga chairperson Apirana Mahuika says the tribe has the raw materials needed for construction. He says they have a forestry company, and a lot of the trees will soon be ready for harvesting – with the bulk ready to fell in two years time. It is also helping seven rangatahi train as carpenters at Eastern Institute of Technology by providing them with scholarships. Mahuika says it’s not all about putting up structures; it’s about ensuring the people of Ngati Porou are not just the hewers of wood and the carriers of water. He says tribal lawyers are looking at how the building company will be set up. The iwi already has a number of subsidiaries including Ngati Porou Seafoods Group. - RNZI

MACBETH SPEAKS MAORI IN SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL MACBETH speaks Elizabethan English and te reo Maori in Waimea College’s presentation of the Shakespeare play. Student Luke Burke, 17, took to the stage as Macbeth in the Tasman regional heats of the University of Otago’s Shakespeare Festival on Saturday luent in the language of the Bard and the language of the Maori. Drama teacher Doug Brooks said Iriaka Epiha-Ferris at Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Tuia te Matangi helped translate the te reo sections of the play. Brooks said learning Shakespeare in both Elizabethan English and te reo Maori was a challenge for his students. Burke said one of his motivations for returning to Waimea College this year, repeating year 13, was being able to combine te reo Maori and Shakespeare on stage. “It’s pretty cool. It’s just something I have never done before. We’re pretty much the only group in the competition that’s going to be doing that,” he said. - PNC

milk deal opens way for $25 million expansion A DEAL between Maori-controlled dairy processing company, Miraka, and chinese company Shanghai Pengxin, means work can now start on a $25 million plant to make UHT long life milk. Miraka chair, Kingi Smiler, who signed the memorandum of understanding in china last week, says the company expects to eventually get about half the milk produced on the former crafar farms, which are managed for Shanghai Pengxin by Landcorp. The deal should also give Miraka an outlet for its products through Shanghai Pengxin’s chinese supermarkets. Miraka’s existing whole milk factory at Mokai near Taupo is running at capacity and has a waiting list of potential suppliers. Maori Trustee Jamie Tuuta, who also is a shareholder in Miraka said that Maori should be looking at china as the place to expand their businesses. The Miraka project, eight years in the planning, was the result of Maori trusts with signiicant land assets and farming operations combining forces to get a better return on capital. - waatea news

CANNABIS DEALERS SHOw ‘ENTREPRENEURIAL SKILLS’ METIRIA Turei’s claim that Maori growing marijuana are developing entrepreneurial and horticultural skills has been slammed as “mind-blowingly ridiculous” by Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne. The Green Party co-leader made the comment on Maori TV’s Native Afairs programme this week, but she has been cut down by Dunne, who branded the claim as “ridiculous” and “irresponsible in the extreme”. In the show, Turei said growing the illegal drug helps develop “real skills” among Maori, particularly in disadvantaged areas. “There’s some real skills there actually, some real entrepreneurial skills, some real horticulture skills, as much as people might think that’s a bit funny,” she said. In a piece on the show entitled ‘Illegal Tender’, reporter Renee Kahukura Iosefa explored the widespread use and cultivation of marijuana in the Maori community, and the reasons behind that. She said many resort to growing marijuana because of a lack of employment opportunities and a need to support their families. This was a view Turei shared, saying Maori who are struggling economically should not be punished for using their initiative to get by. “It has become an income supplement for whanau, particularly in rural areas, who have very little income and very few job prospects, particularly in the back blocks,” she told the programme. - TV One News

A REMINDER OF THE RACISM THAT JUSTIFIED COLONISATION

Adam Scott of Australia is the 77th Masters golf tournament champion after beating Argentina’s Angel Cabrera in a play-of in pouring rain at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, yesterday. Scott becomes the irst Australian to win the prestigious goling title. AFP

MAORI academic, Rawiri Taonui says the outburst against a powhiri given to a right wing Danish politician is a reminder of the roots of racism in New Zealand. Marie Krarup has subsequently expressed regret for the response to her column where she described the welcome given to her at the navy marae in Devonport, as grotesque and uncivilised. Dr Taonui says one of the justiications for colonisation was that Europeans believed they were culturally, intellectually and spiritually superior to Maori. That evolved into denying the wrongs perpetrated against Maori and blindness to the efects of institutional racism. “The racism that was used to justify colonisation is now changing to a racism that exhibits a fear that Pakeha will somehow lose something if Maori become stronger or if Maori become more co-equal,” he says. Dr Taonui says similar racism against other groups, especially recent migrants with Muslim or Asian heritage, comes from a similar fear for the loss of what is seen as a superior white culture. - PNC

Monday 15 April  

News, Sports and Opinion from the Cook Islands News for Monday, April 15, 2013

Monday 15 April  

News, Sports and Opinion from the Cook Islands News for Monday, April 15, 2013

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