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Māori news stories for the week ending 2 March 2012

Māori news stories for the week ending 2 March 2012

  • Ngāi Tuhoe Tribal Authority has appointed Kirsti Luke to the position Chief Executive Officer.
  • On Thursday, ASH (Action on Smoking and Health) released their 2011 annual Year 10 Smoking Survey.  The survey showed a drop in youth smoking – especially among Māori females.  The smoking rate amongst 14-15 year old Māori females is now 11.3%, down from 16.3% in 2010. The overall rate of youth smoking is 4.1%.
  • On Wednesday a 16-year-old Māori youth from Turangi was sentenced to 16 years imprisonment for rape of a minor, causing grievous bodily harm, and burglary.  (This pertains to an attack on a child in a holiday park in December 2011).
  • A group from Ngāti Rereahu continue a land occupation on Crafar farms near Benneydale (south of Te Kuiti). The occupation is to ensure wahi tapu are protected, as per a Waitangi Tribunal claim.
  • A poutokomanawa, which was repatriated from Italy, is to be auctioned by Webb’s Auction House in March.  Ngāti Tarawhai leader Anaha Te Rahui carved the poutokomanawa during the mid-1800’s.

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