Northern News : December 12th 2012
6 NORTHERN NEWS, DECEMBER 12, 2012 NEWS • Tyres & Mags • Wheel Alignment • Balancing & Batteries Next to Vehicle Testing Station at end of Mill Lane phone Dean, Scott or Rick on: 09 407 7773 4174650AA LAND PLANNING AND SURVEYING 90 Kerikeri Road PO Box 211, Kerikeri 0245 F 09 407 7366 email@example.com Ph: 407 9182 2598141AA BUSINESS LAW Dennis McBrearty Lawyer & Director Get that lease sorted before it turns into a noose See Dennis before signing The Meridian 93 Kerikeri Road Kerikeri 09 407 7099 www.lawnorth.co.nz 5010144AB Scholar's hard toil rewarded Standout scholar: Eugene Michael -- Ngati Kahu, Ngati Tuwharetoa Eugene Michael, who has strong links to Te Tai Tokerau, is one of two exceptional Maori scholars to receive a prestigious scholarship out of 623 applicants nationally. Every year, a select group of applicants to the Ministry of Health s Hauora Maori scholarship programme are awarded a John McLeod Scholarship or Te Apa Mareikura Award. This year two scholars from The University of Auckland Eugene Michael -- Ngati Kahu, Ngati Tuw- haretoa -- and Reuben Kirk -- Ngai Tuhoe -- were each awarded a John McLeod scholarship, worth $10,000. These scholarships are named for Dr John McLeod, nationally and internationally renown for his work in public and Maori health, and presented to high academic achievers who also show selfless commitment to their colleagues and communities. Eugene Michael has completed his sixth year of study for a Bach- elor of Medicine and Surgery and started work at Auckland District Health Board. Already a qualified pharmacist, having completed a Bachelor of Pharmacy at Otago University in 2003, Eugene s work in South Auck- land communities inspired him to rethink his career choice and study medicine. In 2009 he won the Senior Prize in Medicine and Surgery and in 2011 he won the Calvin Ring Prize in Ophthalmology, both at The Uni- versity of Auckland while maintain- ing an A/A- average throughout. Between 2005 and 2007 Eugene worked in a pharmacy in South Auckland, implementing initiatives to improve health outcomes for local Maori and Pacific Island patients and mentoring fellow staff on cul- tural competency. As a pharmacist manager Eugene added business management, accounting and staff management to his skills. Eugene intends to work in a com- munity setting and he frequently looks to the Far North where there is a high demand for general prac- titioners and where many of his whanau reside. His hope is that wherever he is he will ultimately be able to implement health initiatives that benefit Maori. He says it is important to demon- strate leadership skills as a health professional, in order to build rap- port and trust in those who seek advice. He regards academic achieve- ment, empathy and communication skills as fundamental to building the foundation for leadership in Maori health. Kura site at point opposed The potential future site for a kura that has outgrown its Whirinaki home went to hearing by commissioner for three days in Kaikohe last week. The education ministry has bought land at Koutu Point for Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o te Tonga o Hokianga, but residents have raised the alarm -- surprised that they were never consulted before the plans were in place. A recommendation to the Ministry of Education will come from the commissioners within three weeks. And the ministry is then expected to take up to five weeks to make a decision based on the commissioners' recommendation. Koutu Point residents questioned the impacts of traffic, noise, security lighting, storm water, drainage, ecological issues and other impacts that a school might have on an area that is now zoned solely as coastal living. The report tabled for the commissioners by council officers recommended a change in designation in favour of the school -- with ''a number of conditions to be imposed on the designation''. In total the matter generated more than 100 submissions: 44 were in support, 58 were opposed and two submissions were neutral. The kura is serving children in years 1 to 11, but could expand to year 13 in future years -- its roll is expected to reach 200 students. The buildings planned for the area would occupy 1500 square metres, with a field of 3750sqm and a hard court of 1500sqm. Indigenous people visit Far North By HAMISH MacLEAN ' What I just said to the sky -- the Great Spirit -- until all the blood from your veins flows out to sea and all the dust in your bones return to Mother Earth. It's only then that we realise that we don't own the earth, but the earth owns us. ' -- Lakota prayer A visit from a group of indigenous people from all over the world had a Ngapuhi man marvelling at the similarities between first nations people. Hirini Tau picked up the group from Auckland Airport and welcomed its members from North America, Scotland, Aust- ralia and places in between, to Aotearoa. He was the group s guide for their time in New Zealand. Mr Tau says he found a deep connection with people from all over the globe. From Auckland, the first stop was Dargaville. The group visited marae up and down the Far North s twin coasts. And though it was an authentic cultural experience for all involved, Mr Tau says he -- and his travelling companions -- broke out of the box during visits. Mr Tau says that he went against his traditional under- standing of marae visits with the group. He remembers telling them: When the call comes out to us, we will sound the didgeridoo, the American drums and all the other instruments and I ll come from behind doing the Maori thing. He called the experience an awesome and spiritual happening. The group also stopped in to see Tane Mahuta. They were in awe, he says. He shared the story of the separation, how Tane was a major player in separating the sky from the earth. He says that when other groups started to tell their stories, he was impressed by the similarities that each nation s legends had with one another. The trip took them to Pawarenga where the contingent from the Lakota tribe, American First Nations people, began to sing. Especially those American Indians, they know their spiritual stuff, Mr Tau says. The tour con- tinued to Cape Reinga where again the collective of indigenous people found the highest point and echoed their voices off the surrounds. To me, I would swear there would be at least a hundred, two hundred people singing, Mr Tau says. But it was only four. It was powerful. He showed the group how in the Far North both coasts are vis- ible from the same point. He revelled in building a sweat- lodge with the Native Americans. We had to cram in together really close, but we were in there for an hour and a half. The sage sprinkled on the heated rocks gave what he called an eerie smell to the occasion. He smoked the peace pipe. And he sat in the front row, to challenge himself with the heat. He received a feather from an immature golden eagle for his openness. When he was given the feather, the elder from the Lakota people said a prayer, which he then translated for Mr Tau s benefit. He recounted the words: What I just said to the sky -- the Great Spirit -- until all the blood from your veins flows out to sea and all the dust in your bones return to Mother Earth. It's only then that we realise that we don't own the earth, but the earth owns us.'' Launch ramp resurfacing forces short closure Far North Holdings plans to resurface and widen the concrete ramp which offers all-tides access to Kerikeri Inlet. The $26,000 improvements will be welcomed by boaties using the one-in-seven-gradient ramp, but the work will limit use of the ramp next week. The ramp will be open on December 11 to 12, when works will cause intermittent disrup- tion, but it will close on December 13 to 14. Far North Holdings general manager Chris Galbraith says works have been scheduled for these days so monthly tides are at their lowest when the new ramp surface is poured. We are using an exceptionally fast-curing and hard concrete, so a little rain won t be a major prob- lem. Should there be a significant rain event, we will postpone the work until March/April next year. Boaties seeking all-tides access to Kerikeri Inlet on these days are asked to launch their boats at Rangitane, Opito Bay or Doves Bay instead. Mr Galbraith apologises for any inconvenience the closure causes, but is confident boaties will be pleased with the improved ramp. Deck repairs on nearby Wai- papa Landing Bridge begin next week as well.
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