Manukau Courier : November 9th 2010
8 MANUKAU COURIER, NOVEMBER 9, 2010 NEWS TEAL RIBBON CAMPAIGN: NOVEMBER 13-20 CHOOSE 2 B VIOLENCE CHOOSE 2 B VIOLENCE free The sooner you reach out, the sooner they cangethelp. . . Phone 278 9266 Phone 278 9266 South Auckland Family Violence Prevention Network email@example.com NOTICES No sweat, parenting course on building awesome families, tonight, November 9, 7pm-9pm, Shiloh, 201 Buckland Rd, Mangere. Soup and bread from 6pm, child care available. Ph: 275-1065. Seniors meet, Manurewa Senior Citizens Club meets tomorrow, November 10 and every second and fourth Wednesday of the month, 10am-1.30pm at Tadmore Hall, 238 Great South Rd. Housie, indoor bowls, raffles, trading table, entertainment, speakers and bus trips. New members welcome. Ph: Trudy 296-6110 or Mavis 266-9806. Church centenary, St Lukes Church in Manurewa celebrates 100 years of service to the community of Manurewa in this week . We would like to get in touch with all past parishioners and friends of the church. To add names to the centenary contact list ph: 266-5266 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Embroidery exhibition, Counties Embroiderers Guild holds an embroidery exhibition Woe to Go, until November 18 at the Franklin Arts Centre, Massey Rd, Pukekohe. Opening hours Monday to Saturday 9.30am- 4.30pm, Closed Sunday. Scottish dancing, Hillpark Scottish Country Dancing meets every Wednesday, 7.30pm at Hillpark School hall, Grandvue Rd, Manurewa. Great aerobic exercise, good music, fun, social dancing, no partner or special clothes needed. Ph: Heather 267-6375 or Wendy 266-8017. Breast friends, Auckland South Breast Friends meets on November 10, 7.30pm at 55 Marne Rd, Papakura for an informal evening with a speaker and supper to follow. Ph: Annette 298-8172. Horticultural society, Manurewa Horticultural Society meets on November 11 and every second Thursday of the month, 7pm at the Nathan Homestead, Hill Rd. Ph: 267-8688. Toastmasters, T.A.L.K. Toastmasters meet November 11 and every second Thursday, 7pm at Nathan Homestead, Hill Rd, Manurewa. Help develop communication and leadership skills. Ph: Dennis 266-8500. Horticultural society, Manurewa Horticultural Society meets on November 11 and every second Thursday of the month, 7pm at the Nathan Homestead, Hill Rd. Ph: 267-8688. Art of living, workshop on meditation and breathing techniques, November 11 and 12, 6.30pm-9.30pm, November 13 10.30am-2.30pm, Allan Brewster recreation centre, Tavern Lane, Papatoetoe. Ph: Veena 021-101-9132. Home ownership, government's Welcome Home First Steps free workshop for first home buyers, November 10-11, 6pm-9pm, Anchorage Park community centre, Pakuranga. Register at bernie@career works.co.nz or 636-0921. Chapel service, Manukau City Baptist Friendship Centre, November 12, 11am, 9 Lambie Drive, Manukau. Choir, favourite hymns, message and prayer for the sick, guest speaker, light luncheon. Choir practice 9.30am. Ph: Bill 278-4605. Angels for Animals, collectors needed for SPCA street appeal, November 12-14. To register go to www.spca.org.nz/angels or ph: 256-2520. Garden competition, The Otahuhu Garden and Floral Arts Club is calling for entries in the annual Otahuhu garden competition. Judging from mid-November, prizegiving on December 11. To register your home, unit or flat garden for judging ph: Jaynee 270-2612. Gambling problems, Problem Gambling Foundation holds a free mutual support group meeting in Manukau for men and women every Monday, 6pm-7pm. For venue details ph: Julie 368-1520. Art classes, beginners to advanced, professional tutors in watercolour, acrylic, oil, pastel, sculpture and more. FrameArt Studio, 59b Cavendish Drive, Manukau. Ph: Nicky 021-1024795 or 817-8151. cost: $35 per class, $130 for six-week course. Supported by Creative Communities. Music lessons, Kedgley Music Centre is now taking enrolments for its 2011 after- school music programme at Kedgley Intermediate School. Classes run weekdays and Saturday mornings for primary and intermediate school children, starting from age seven. Lessons available in clarinet, drums, flute, guitar, keyboard, recorder, saxophone, singing, trumpet, ukulele and violin. Some instruments available for hire. Enrolments close December 15. For an enrolment pack ph: 277-7043. Car boot sale, Manurewa Methodist Church, November 13 and the second Saturday of every month, 8am-11am at the church on the corner of Great South and Alfriston Rds. Stalls $5. Ph: Joan 266-7408. CMT meets, Compulsory Military Trainees Association on November 13 and every second Saturday of the month, 10am at the Papakura RSA clubrooms. Ph: John 298-6847. Quilters meet, Counties Manukau guild on November 13 and the second Saturday of each month, 10am-2pm in the Old Central School, Wood St, Papakura. Anyone interested in patchwork/quilting welcome to join. Bring your own lunch. Ph: Mae 274-9325. Laughter club, Alfriston Laughter Club meets November 13 and every second and fourth Saturday of the month, 10am-11am at Alfriston Hall, corner Alfriston and Mill Rds, Papakura. Breathing, gentle stretches, laughter exercises and relaxation for all ages. Entry is a gold coin donation. Ph: Noel 021-237-2063 or Gavin 027-223-8720. Soup kitchen, at Elim Church on November 13 and every Wednesday and second Saturday of the month, 11.30am-1pm at 44 Weymouth Rd, Manurewa. Donations to help run the kitchen appreciated. Ph: Angela 268-2798 or 021-049-5095. Garden and laughter, Manukau Garden, Laughter & Food Processing Club open November 13 and every Saturday, noon- 2pm, Stadium Reserve, Tavern Lane, Papatoetoe (behind Allan Brewster Centre). Ph: Jayne 264-1564 evenings. Silver Notes, Country Music Club holds its club day on November 14, 1pm-4pm in the Holy Cross Parish hall, corner St George St and Carruth Rd, Papatoetoe. Ph: 279-4268. When men's rights are wrong It's all a matter of customary rights. That's the way I see it -- and I've had some experience as you'll see. No, I'm not talking about the water's edge rule or whatever they're calling the latest attempt to please everyone while apparently pleasing no one -- particularly Hone Harawira. My topic is actually the way the Brown Auckland administration is redrafting my set of customary rights. Having Maori elders sit Penny Hulse, the new deputy mayor, in the second row because of some sort of ancient, tribal dominant sex ruling is a strong case in point. I'm still not at all reconciled to quavering and some times flattish versions of that old Pakeha hymn How Great Thou Art being sung at the drop of a mere to open just about any public occasion with Pakeha sometimes hongi-ing each other to follow. Let's shake hands on that. Actually, I thought the passing of Sir Howard Morrison, the great exponent of it, might give us a relief from the How great'' treatment. (I still treasure the gag that he used to practise it before a mirror and while shaving. Which sounds like the sort of comment only the truly great Billy T James could get away with.) Although I've got to say that any- thing, including the Goons, would have been better than the range of multicultural renditions (in the sense of tearing apart) of other tunes swearing-in and maiden speech marathons. What I'm sick of is the apparent customary indigenous right to turn every state, local or even family local occasion into a tribal hongi, and sometimes haka, occasion. And this is not a new feeling. There was the grand opening of AUT's three-year communications degree course years ago -- last cen- tury actually. The North Shore hall was turned into a notional marae for one of those long welcoming powhiri. Trouble: Tribal advocates ruled that they set the rules and since the one-time resident tribe in the area had a No women speaking'' ban on maraes that had to apply at our place too. The politically correct staff of that time, feminists and all, just con- ceded. That's the way it was. Then another major equal rights issue loomed. The deputy head of the communi- cations department was a woman and that apparent protocol handi- cap meant she couldn't speak in our own hall as had been planned. She was welcome to join in the odd verse of How Great, etc'' -- but nothing more. No nothing. Ancient protocols wouldn't allow it. As a lecturer on the journalism course I was affronted. I don't know whether Phil Goff was so concerned. He was, shall we say, resting'' from Parliament and on the teach- ing staff there too. Anyway, after a certain amount of argy-bargy, a temporary post- colonial option was taken up. All the males who wished could say their piece. Then the marae powhiri event would be ruled to be over, the hall would instantaneously and miracu- lously revert to its real mundane, permanent role and all protocols would lapse. Madam could speak. Kia ora. At the next board of studies meet- ing, I expressed real regret about that slight to her and that there had not been one line of translation in the whole 45-minute Maori language performance -- and I used that word deliberately. I argued that if we wanted or were pressed into turning our hall into a marae then we should have the right to set the protocols. I pressed what I thought was a relevant point -- that the vast majority of the 50 or so students beginning a course in communi- cations had spent much of the first hour of their three-year course not understanding any of the por- tentous oratory. Total non-communication. Could we please have a balance of translations next time? The following month, the minutes of that board meeting reported crisply and with feeling that Mr Booth criticised the use of Maori at the induction''. That precis showed me that more than the students needed teaching the real meaning of words. All I wanted was to know what they were saying. Then there was a powhiri (not in Auckland) to welcome a new health board into their own meeting room -- which seemed to me rather strange. It too had been elevated to become a marae for a few hours it seemed. We were marshalled in the corri- dor and then summoned in the tra- ditional wailing way. With a slight but significant traffic jam. I stood back to let the chairperson lead us in. She wouldn't lead us through and hung back which was most unlike her. Actually she was Winston Peters' sister. (One of her other distinctions: She played the bagpipes but not on this new paepae, of course.) It was, she said, Maori custom that men walked in first. So apparently someone who was government-appointed with six years' service was expected to give way to a newly elected novice mem- ber solely because he was a male and she was a woman. That's the custom, bro. I made it clear that the custom in my community was that men stood back for women. Irresistible force meets immove- able object. We sidled in abreast, so to speak. Protocols were intact, that was the main thing. Ahead lay years when the kara- kia opened every monthly meeting. Usually untranslated, of course. And always the Maori chairwoman asked one of the couple of Maori members of the nine of us to provide it.That was until the meeting when I asked if I could exercise my cus- tomary rights and say a prayer of my own instead. The odd gasp. I prayed for guid- ance -- and an acceptance of other people's differences -- and we then settled to coping with the penance of helping run the hell which is the state of health finances. But I was never asked to repeat the Pakeha karakia. Which is what I hope happens to out-of-date tribal protocols which turn city halls into make-believe marae and park the newly- appointed deputy mayor into seats behind the men. At the same time I suggest that newly revealed tendency for the newly elected to sing, and even dash off their own social comment lyrics, should be covered by a permanent tapu. Along with make-believe marae. All of which leads me to repeat an old joke -- that in countries like Afghanistan, Iraq and the like, men have given up the centuries-old cus- tom of them striding ahead of their wives who dutifully trailed behind. Now women are walking in front. The reason: Landmines. To contact Pat Booth email off email@example.com or write care of this newspaper. All replies are open for publication unless marked Not For Publication.
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