Manukau Courier : November 18th 2010
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Ph 09 268 9543 32A Dennis Ave, Manurewa www.hillparkdental.co.nz EXTRACTION FROM $85*COND APPLY Fillings Gum Treatments Extractions Root Canal Crown & Bridge Dentures WINZ Quotes ACC & Free Treatment For Under 18 Yrs Valid until March 2011 3181922AG Fears money making overrides kaupapa By DAVID TAURANGA Money might make the world go round but a Manurewa woman is worried that it is also overriding the original kaupapa or ideology behind marae. Kim Herewini and her whanau were upset after they found themselves unable to book a south Auckland marae for the tangi for her cousin Curtis Pihema who died from cancer in September. They d contacted a number of marae and while some had valid excuses the rest declined the whanau because of other commercial bookings. In the end Mr Pihema s tangi was held at Te Mahurehure Marae in Pt Chevalier which upset Ms Herewini. This young man was born and bred in Manurewa and we had to take him all the way to Pt Chevalier, she says. I m disappointed that it s now all about money -- marae really need to go back to the original kaupapa. By this I am referring to the tikanga (custom) around tangi overriding any other event that is taking place at a marae. Ms Herewini says original funding for urban marae was based on the kaupapa that they would maintain young Maori under the tikanga of te ao Maori or the Maori world. But that tikanga is now lost and 2011 will be worse with most Tamaki Makaurau marae already being booked out for the Rugby World Cup, she says. She understands it costs to maintain marae but says there have to be other options for making money. Manurewa Marae trustee Rangi McLean is sympathetic to Ms Herewini s view and says its policy is that tangi come first. Because Manurewa Marae is particularly large it s able to hold community activities along with tangi at the same time. But he can also see how the situation that confronted Mr Pihema s family could arise, especially since urban marae are used on a daily basis more often than rural marae. Her line of thinking is cor- rect when she says that it seems marae have to take a business-like view, Mr McLean says. Using Manurewa as an example, it costs the board of trustees more than $300,000 a year to run Manurewa, on top of finding extra funding to maintain the marae. Te Puea Memorial Marae manager Mona Kingi says the marae has also encountered the same prob- lem but if it were to wait for tangi we will collapse . Mrs Kingi says one example was when a whanau tried to secure the marae but it had already been booked out by overseas tourists for an event. If I had sent those tourists to a motel would that whanau be willing to pay for their accommodation? Because the marae wouldn t, Mrs Kingi says. We help the whole com- munity, not only for tangi, and with no putea (funds) we can t run or maintain the marae when necessary, she says. If Te Puea was booked tomorrow and a whanau came today to secure it for a tangi she would give it to the whanau. But if people are already at Te Puea there s no way she would tell them to leave, Mrs Kingi says. Great mates: Noeline Watson, left, and Mary Neathe met through Age Concern's visiting service and are now firm friends. Photo: SHANE WENZLICK No age limit on finding friends By MELISSA KINEALY New friendships form at all ages and two women have a local visiting service to thank for theirs. Age Concern s visiting ser- vice pairs volunteers with older people who may be isolated and lonely. The Counties Manukau organisation has been hosting Christmas afternoon tea parties this month to thank everyone involved in the service. Mary Neathe s children all live overseas so she treasures her weekly visits from fellow Papatoetoe resi- dent Noeline Watson. We just clicked, the 88-year-old says. For the past two years they ve been meeting up for acupofteaorlunchanda chat. Mary doesn t drive so Noeline also takes her to the cemetery to visit her husband s grave. Noeline s own parents are deceased but she thinks the elderly have a lot to offer her and her family with all their history. It s an amazing match- up, she says. Mary goes to her home for tea and has met her chil- dren. She also gives her younger friend cooking tips. Age Concern accredited visiting service co-ordinator Margaret says Christmas can be a terribly lonely and quiet period for older people on their own. Call Age Concern Counties Manukau on 279-4331 if you would like to take part in the visiting service. Charity in marathon A new Auckland charity set up to help parents and siblings of those with an intellectual dis- ability is raising funds to put together 900 gift baskets. Emerge International founders Kevin and Lesley Williams, along with their daughters Courtney and Casey, plan to take part in a half marathon this Saturday to help families with special needs chil- dren. Visit www.emerge international.net to sponsor the family s half marathon effort.
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