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03 Whiringa-ā-nuku October 2010

"He Kakano ahau i ruia mai i Rangiātea."
"I am a seed, I will never be lost."

Ngāti Kahungunu law lecturer Carwyn Jones isn't convinced the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Billis different from the 2004 Foreshore and Seabed Act it replaces and he's blogging about it.

According to Te Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira, he's an activist first and a politician second, which doesn't necessarily sit for comfortable times with the Māori Party position. He explains his decision to vote against The Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill, which replaced the 2004 Foreshore and Seabed Act in its first reading, which saw him going against his Māori Party colleagues.

Dayle Takitimu sees The Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill as yet another piece of legislation designed to alienate Māori ownership of "nga taonga katoa" as guaranteed under Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Last month she was feeling the same about the draft New Zealand Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy.

She talks with Maraea Rakuraku about what motivated her to write an open letter to the Māori Party challenging what she saw as their silence on the issue.

Te Ahi Kaa features recordings from Spectrum producer Jack PerkinsHeart of the hikoi 2004 and Checkpoint 2004.

This week's whakatauki was explained by Stan Walker nō Ngati Ranginui me Tuhoe.

Waiata featured:

Lick my Patu as performed by Dam Native from the album Iwi Hit Disc 24 (2007)