Manukau Courier : January 28th 2011
2 MANUKAU COURIER, JANUARY 28, 2011 NEWS To find out more call Helen Kingi on (021) 278 0026 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org OG1317 Make our home your home. When making the decision to move to a retirement village, St Johns Retirement Village offers a reassuring solution for seniors at a stage in their lives where comfort, security and a sense of place and belonging are paramount. Well appointed cottages Low maintenance brick and tile construction Range of affordable options Park like setting, private and secluded Independent living with strong community links Family-friendly environment Convenient to Hunter's Corner shops and medical centre Your comfort and wellbeing is assured: ST JOHNS RETIREMENT VILLAGE: 7a Konini Avenue Papatoetoe Auckland 2025 ST JOHNS COTTAGES AVAILABLE NOW 2 BEDROOM COTTAGE Nice and sunny, freshly painted and modern. PRICED AT $195,000 1 BEDROOM COTTAGE Internal garage. Just vacated, will be refurbished to a high standard. PRICED AT $195,000 1 BEDROOM COTTAGE Internal garage, very sunny. PRICED AT $175,000 Ph: 271 2081 283 East Tamaki Rd, East Tamaki TYRE SERVICE, MECHANICAL REPAIRS WOF $20 6 DAYS • Used Tyres from $25 • Full Service from $95 • Wheel Alignments - $39 + GST OPEE EN Cash boost for YWCA YWCA Auckland will receive $140,000 a year for the next four years to support its leadership and mentoring pro- gramme Future Leaders. The ASB Community Trust s Youth Health and Development Fund will help seven groups. The fund is for com- munity organisations delivering initiatives to improve health and social outcomes for people aged 12 to 24. YWCA chief executive Hilary Sumpter says it will now be able to take on 48 young women this year knowing they will be fully funded for four years. Goff backs petition Petition: Labour leader Phil Goff will be at Hillpark Kindergarten for the launch of the New Zealand Educational Institute petition. Labour leader Phil Goff is to help launch a petition against government funding cuts to early childhood edu- cation. The New Zealand Educational Insti- tute is launching the petition at Hillpark Kindergarten in Manurewa at 9am on Tuesday. Its rallying cry is early childhood education cuts don t heal . The launch aims to raise awareness of the petition and coincides with the first of the proposed funding cuts. Former Samoa rugby player Peter Fatialofa will be lending his support and will be the first person to sign the petition. Mr Goff will be at the event along with local government officials and other supporters. -- Troels Sommerville Party losing the plot Listen to Willie Jackson on Monday at 10am on Radio Waatea 603AM The Maori Party risks losing credibility after asking one of New Zealand s top Pakeha law firms to help them get rid of Taitokerau MP Hone Harawira. Last week the party s other four MPs laid a complaint about Harawira after he criticised the direction in which the party was heading in a Sunday-Star Times article. Amazingly, those MPs engaged constitutional law- yer Mai Chen, who inciden- tally happens to be Chinese, to see if Harawira had breached the party s consti- tution. The engagement of Chen defies belief. The Maori Party was built on kaupapa and tikanga Maori values yet they have chosen to ignore all of that by employing a process that is based on tikanga Pakeha. Of course that action flies in the face of what the party has promoted, ie, a kaupapa/ tikanga framework which its former president Professor Whatarangi Winiata claimed is a natural source of inno- vation when facing tough problems . The MPs actions have been widely condemned by Maori in the know. While Pakeha editorials are calling for Harawira s res- ignation, Maori commen- tators like Rawiri Taonui, John Tamihere, Matt McCar- ten and Malcolm Mulholland support his actions. They say that it s about time the Maori Party clearly distinguishes itself from National. This is in essence all that Harawira is saying in his Sunday-Star Times article. He says that between 2005 and 2008, the Maori Party was very pro-Maori, strong on workers and low income earners rights, opposed free trade agreements, supported the environment, was anti- whaling and very much focused on kaupapa Maori. But since the party s coalition with National, everything has changed. Harawira says that for the party to maintain its credi- bility, MPs must speak out against National s anti-social initiatives, no more of the pol- ite press releases that say nothing. If we can t stop them at party or Cabinet level, then we need to signal that we will oppose them vigorously in the House, at select committee, at public meetings and on the streets if necessary. What s wrong with that view? Instead of trying to get rid of Harawira, Maori Party members should instead be thanking him for reminding them what their priorities should be. No doubt the party has done some tremendous work for Maori and this country. But this action against Harawira risks undoing much of it. The party needs to end this otherwise it validates what Harawira is talking about, ie, that the party is forgetting its kaupapa and constituents. Running a strategy against Harawira will only stren- gthen his support and may open up the door for Labour. Now surely that s a good enough reason for the Maori Party to stop this nonsense now.
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