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Hiromi's Haka


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This week on Marae 15th June 2008

Hiromi's Haka
Dancing his way around the world.

Its' what Hiromi Sakamoto's done all his life.

Now the 47 year old native of Osaka, Japan is in Auckland, and with the help of a kapa haka legend and a hip hop posse from Otara, Hiromi's moving to a Maori beat.

Anahera Vercoe reports.

SWAPping Poisons for Life
It was used to kill fungus.

But S.W.A.P. an advocacy group for sawmill workers against poisons, say Pentachlorophenol or PCP, a pesticide widely used in the central north island timber industry, is killing people too

Studies suggest sawmill workers exposed to PCP face a 40 percent increase in dying from cancer.

For a town like Whakatane, where 85 % of workers are Mäori, that's a huge reality check.

Settlements Saga
So just 74 more days to go before governments' deadline to lodge historical Treaty claims expires.

It's part of a much bigger plan to settle all claims by 2020.

Can the government do it? Joining Shane in studio is Labour List MP and Associate Minister for Treaty Settlements, Shane Jones.


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