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It's a Numbers Game....

MEDIA RELEASE: This week on Marae, 24 March 2007

It's a Numbers Game: Statistics NZ have released the latest figures from the last Census. How does the Maori population fare?  Reporter Arana Taumata took a look inside the numbers to see what it all means.

Kyoto Capers: does New Zealand really need the Kyoto Protocol? The world's biggest countries (most of them heavy global pollutants) seem to have given it the two-fingered salute. Why is New Zealand deciding to be different?

A whole bunch of farmers and landowners, many of them Maori, would probably be right up there saluting the government with two fingers too - if they could. But they can't. Instead, they have to consider a world where they'll only be rewarded if they plant certain types of trees - and they'll be punished in the wallet if they chop trees down. All this, in an effort to improve the quality of the air we breathe - even though the rest of the world seems to be doing a great job keeping it all messed up.

So is Kyoto really about being a responsible member of the international community - or is it just a load of hot air? Joining Shane in studio to help answer this question is Minister Responsible for Climate Change, David Parker and Paul Morgan, Chief Executive of FOMA, the Federation of Maori Authorities.

The Tragedy of Tamaki?: Seven iwi claim manawhenua over the Auckland region. But only Ngati Whatua o Orakei has Crown recognition, and their treaty claim to Auckland is near settlement.

Last week, the Waitangi Tribunal met under urgency. Their job?

To decide if the other six iwi were adversely affected by the Ngati Whatua claim. If the hearing wasn't sensitive enough, sitting Tribunal member Judge Carrie Wainwright made sure it would be one for the ages by taking the Office of Treaty Settlements to task over its handling of the claim.

Reporter Potaka Maipi takes a look at a claim whose consequences for relations between Tamaki iwi could be tragic.

Fast Eddie & Sambo: there have been few Maori Midget Car Speedway champions. But now, after 20 years of thrills and spills, one of the best has just hung up his helmet and gloves.

Reporter Potaka Maipi took a spin with Fast Eddie Patrick, the man the fans know as Sambo the Mad Maori.

Waiata/Music: How did the kumara get to Aotearoa? Mataatua kapa Tauira mai
Tawhiti know how and they shared it with the motu on the final day of Te Matatini 2007 at Rangitane with Kumara-i-a-rangi, a waiata composed by group member Erueti Korewha.