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Fudgit, it's the Budget

MEDIA RELEASE: This week on Marae, 19 May 2007

Fudgit, it's the Budget: Government press releases this week resembled a menu for Maori to feast on - $530,000 for the Treaty 2U Exhibition, $13.9 m for  Kohanga Reo, $102m for Kura and Wharekura and  $23.1 m for  Maori Television Service. All up, around $170 m ear-marked for Maori.

Not that the Maori Party were impressed, dismissing it as an "offering of peanuts" to fight poverty. Were they thinking of all those newly-employed M?ori - the same ones who like every other worker, continue to scrounge for tax - cut crumbs under the government's table?

Joining Shane in studio live are Maori Affairs Minister Parekura Horomia and Maori Party MP for Te Tai Tokerau, Hone Harawira.

What's in it for Mania?: she's a young working mother who's just got a mortgage. What does Budget 2007 mean for Mania Clark? Reporter Potaka Maipi found out.  

Mana Ariki: It was known as Manu Ariki, a sacred place to unite the Twelve Tribes of Israel. Now, this small community deep in the heart of Taumarunui led by Prophet Alexander Phillips has changed its name to Manu Ariki. Reuben Collier found out why.       

Ruia : back in the 1990s when Ruia Aperahama was with Southside of Bombay he asked Mr Wolf for the time. Then he went solo and switched from English language composition to te reo M?ori. The end result? A debut single released in 1995 called "Ka Tangi te T?t?, Ka Tangi te K?k?" - and in recognition of New Zealand Music Month Ruia Aperahama closes this week's show.