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Maori Warrior in the City


THIS WEEK ON MARAE, SUNDAY 4 JULY 2010

MAORI WARRIOR IN THE CITY

Is John Kairau for real?

All last summer he made headlines by donning a piupiu and kakahu and heading to Auckland's Viaduct Harbour - where for five bucks tourists could have their photo taken with an 'original Maori warrior'.

Of course he was ridiculed by Aucland tourism authorities. But a year out from hosting the Rugby World Cup, has the Maori Warrior exposed the lack of a Maori presence in the country's biggest city?
KEEP IT 18 - OR 20?

Should the legal drinking age be raised to 29 years of age?

That's the big question following  the Law Comission's report on the state of the nation's alcohol consumption habits.

This week a group of prominent New Zealanders went to Parliament to ask the country's politicians to raise the drinking age back to 20 - after 11 years where it's been legal for 18 year olds to buy alcohol..

But a group of young students and future politicians have started a Keep it 18 Campaign. Their message to the lawmakers? Don't mess with our right to down a few.

Joining Shane in studio is Dame June Jackson who was one of the group petitioning Parliament this week and Abe Ropitini from the Keep t 18 Campaign.

GEORGINA & PEDA

It's been two weeks now since it was revealed that $4.2 million in public funding allocated to an organization calling itself the Pacific Economic Development Agency did not go through a contestable tender process.

Instead, it appears the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs were both involved in making sure the money was swiftly signed off.

It's that process which has public service officials, opposition politicians and even media alarmed. And in the centre of it all has been Pacific Island Affairs Minister Georgina te Heuheu.

Mrs te Heuheu talks with Jodi Ihaka about PEDA, her ministry and what's going on.


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