Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Hoani Waititi Kura

The Shanghai Symphony Orchestra has invited Hoani Waititi Kura, Auckland’s leading Maori immersion high school and four-time winner of the annual Auckland Kapa Haka Maori cultural contest, to send its top Kapa Haka group to Shanghai next month.

Maori Affairs Minister Tau Henare today said in a personal statement to Parliament that the Orchestra had invited the group to perform on August 7 as a feature of the opening of its new orchestral season, where Mr Gary Verne, director of the Auckland Symphony Orchestra, will be guest conductor.

“The invitation was conveyed to the school by Ms Chien Jo, a key figure in the Chinese community in Auckland and a leader in Auckland’s East-Meets-West cultural movement, based on the school’s track record of four wins in a row in the annual Auckland contest.

“This international recognition is a signal honour for the school, and it has been won on transparent merit in four years of open competition. Highlights of the trip would include:

 Performances for news media in Hong Kong and television in Beijing

 Participation in the launch of the Shanghai Symphony orchestra’s new season

 A performance at the opening of New Zealand Immigration Service’s new Shanghai office, a New Zealand education fair in Shanghai, and an official Chinese formal dinner.

“I am personally as proud as punch because I am a former member of the Board of Trustees. I have five children at the school, one of whom, Maraea, aged 12, along with Tuku Morgan’s daughter Riria, aged 13, is a member of group invited to China.

“Obviously, the school has no money to fund the trip. The Chinese will look after a lot of their costs there, but the schools’ principal, Mrs Beverly Manahi, asked my advice. I suggested that they apply to the Lotteries Commission.

“At the request of a whanau group of school parents, my partner Ngaire wrote the application to the Commission, supported subsequently by the Principal. I have written a personal letter of support for the application, because the Kapa Haka group and the school deserve it.

“But other than that, I have taken pains to stand aside and leave decision-making in the hands of people who have no conflict of interest or family or other involvement.

“I have been very punctilious about that, given that my daughter is a member of the group. I have advised the Cabinet and the Minister of Internal Affairs that, since my daughter is a member of the group, I want no part whatever in decision-making on it.

“Equally obviously, I don’t want the school punished just because my kids go there, nor do I want my daughter to stand down from a place she won on merit as part of their cultural team, just because she happens to be my daughter. That would be unfair.

“That’s how it should be decided, not on a basis of party politics.

“The schools’ application for $50,000 is now before the Lotteries Commission for independent decision.”


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Reaction

Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced

 

Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>

ALSO:


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election