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MEDIA RELEASE: This week on Marae, 5 May 2007

Caught Smack in the Middle: so after the dust has settled on this week's anti-smacking bill latest, where does it all stand? Not since WWII have the major parties put politicking aside and let 'common sense' prevail. But where does it leave the average Hohepa or Heeni Bloggs - who make up 80 % in the latest Marae-DigiPoll who shouted "NO" to the bill becoming law? What about a M?ori Party committed to supporting M?ori voter opinion, yet say "YES" to the bill? Are they caught smack in the middle of a unique situation - Labour-National lawmaking unity?

Potaka Maipi reports.    

Redrawing the Boundaries: they're simply lines on a piece of paper; they don't even exist in the real world. But electoral boundaries - especially if they change - have the potential to significantly alter the political landscape.

This week electorate watchdogs the Representation Commission announced proposed changes to the electorate seats which will take effect in time for next year's general election. Amongst them, the possibility the whole of Ng?ti Maniapoto could find itself moved from the Tainui seat (which is also receiving a name change) to Te Tai Hauauru.  

Joining Shane in studio live are Representation Commission Chairperson, Judge Bernard Kendall, former MP for Tamaki Makaurau, John Tamihere, and Dan Te Kanawa from Ng?ti Maniapoto, who is opposed to his iwi being moved into Te Tai Hauauru boundaries. 

Memories of a Man of Maori Media: his cultured voice charmed the nation's airwaves for over 40 years. The death this week of broadcaster Henare Te Ua means the world of M?ori media is poorer for his passing. This morning Marae goes back to 2003 when former reporter Lynette Amoroa met a man who has not only been one of the architects of M?ori media - he has also been one of the master storytellers of Aotearoa.       

Te Waonui a Tane: for centuries it lay there, locked in time - buried under a mountain of river silt in Otorohanga in the King Country. Then five years ago, quarry workers digging for loose metal cut open the earth, allowing a half-complete waka to taste sunlight again.

But who made it, and why was it never completed? They're questions which tantalise everyone fascinated with history - including reporter Kingi Kiriona who travelled to Otorohanga to see for himself what people are calling Te Waonui a Tane - a remnant taonga of a pre-european past.   

A Waiata for the Warrior: Sons, brothers and fathers. They were the soldiers of Tumatauenga, who fought on battlefields all over the world. And Ngati Porou kapa Whangara-mai-tawhiti chose  to remember them at Te Matatini 2007 with their choral, He Whakamaumahara.


 




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