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Budding Māori entrepreneurs from Otago University could see their business ideas come to life after an intensive training programme.
14 Māori students will begin the programme next week that develops kaupapa Māori entrepreneurship.
Business School Associate Dean of Māori Janine Kapa-Blair says the students will ultimately form a business concept which relates to themes of kai, technology and whānau.
She says as well as the best group taking $5,000.00, there is also an exciting opportunity to link them with a local tribe, Kati Huiraka.
Ms Kapa-Blair says the runaka is looking at business opportunities, and she has suggested it work with the students to explore a business opportunity or help start one up.
The course kicks off with a noho marae at Puketeraki on 24 November and ends on December 17.
Auckland audiences will have a rare opportunity to join master musicians Dr Richard Nunns and James Webster for a two-day workshop exploring taonga puoro – traditional Māori instruments – on Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th November at Unitec’s Te Noho Kotahitanga Marae.
This will be the first public workshop of its kind that Dr Nunns has held in Auckland where he will be joined by fellow musical collaborator James Webster, who has an extensive knowledge of taonga puoro and the tradition Māori arts, including whakairo rākau (carving) and tā moko (tattooing).
Dr Nunns is regarded as the world’s foremost authority on taonga puoro. He recently performed at Ted X Auckland and has received numerous awards including an honorary doctorate of music from Victoria University in 2008, the QSM for services to Taonga Puoro in 2009, and an Arts Laureate in the same year.
He and fellow musician the late Hirini Melbourne were inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame in 2009 and awarded joint recipients of the Lifetime Contribution to Māori Music Award in 2012.
Athina Tsoulis, Deputy Executive Dean for the Faculty of Creative Industries and Business at Unitec says they are delighted to be hosting this rare workshop.
“Richard Nunns has contributed so much knowledge and inspired so many in the art of Māori tradition instruments and music,” says Tsoulis.
“Unbelievably Dr Nunns has never held an interactive workshop of this type before in Auckland,” she says, “so it’s absolutely a unique opportunity for the local community and Māori music enthusiasts to come along and be enriched by the wisdom, expertise and hands-on guidance shared by these two remarkable masters of taonga puoro.”
Workshop participants will make and play a range of Māori instruments used to mimic birdcry and the sounds of the natural environment. Bookings are essential as only 30 places are available. For further details, visit our website.
It can be tough to talk about the future; sometimes it seems like there are so many unknowns.
Just think about how much the world has changed since the introduction of New Zealand Superannuation (NZS) in 1977 creating a universal – and not means-tested – scheme that paid 80 per cent of the average wage to married people over 60.
During the ensuing years, adjustments have been made to the scheme which in itself was the latest incarnation of much older systems. This shows we can be flexible when we need to be – and right now, with a population which is living and working longer, we need to talk about superannuation.
It’s time for an honest and frank discussion about how NZS might need to change to reflect these changing circumstances and lifestyles because the current arrangement of eligibility for NZS at 65 may not suit everybody’s needs.
Earlier this year, United Future leader Peter Dunne released a Government Discussion Paper on a Flexi-Super plan and New Zealanders have just a few more weeks left until the Friday, 11 October deadline to comment on the proposal.
Flexi-Super gives New Zealanders the option of choosing to take a reduced rate of NZS from the age of 60 or an increased rate if they delay taking up superannuation until they reach 70.
“The basic motivation for this policy is giving people more choice because New Zealanders want choice about how they live their lives,” Mr Dunne says. “At the moment, they have no option but to carry on working until they’re 65 or leave and make do.”
Under Mr Dunne’s Flexi-Super plan, the standard age of eligibility for the state pension remains at 65 and payments stay at two-thirds of the average after-tax weekly wage for those who take their super then. But the earlier someone decides to first take NZS, the lower the payment will be each year relative to the rate they would have received had they decided to first collect NZS at 65; alternatively, taking NZS after age 65 means receiving a higher relative rate.
These rates will be adjusted for inflation and wage increases, so the mechanism for adjusting rates of NZS does not change. It will remain possible to continue working and receive NZS – and that could offer greater flexibility to those in physically demanding jobs.
The paper points out that there are advantages and disadvantages in allowing such flexibility.
Advantages include making the system fairer for workers in tough, physical jobs and those, such as M?ori and Pasifika, who have a lower life expectancy. It also avoids the possible stigma associated with seeking benefits among those who, for a variety of reasons, can no longer work. It may also enable some people to pay down debt or build up assets.
Giving people the option to wait till they are 70 before drawing down NZS will encourage older workers to stay in the labour force for longer, helping to retain much-needed skills, experience and institutional knowledge.
There is a risk that Flexi-Super may reduce incentives for the 60 – 64 year olds to work and if NZS is taken too early, it could create hardship for many who retire early. It is vital for us all to understand that the reduced rate we accept in return for being paid earlier would be the rate received for life.
The State might end up having to supplement the incomes of people who retire early, then find themselves unable to make ends meet because of an unforeseen change in circumstances.
A layered system could also seriously complicate what is at present an easily understood and administered system. Government actuaries will face a Herculean task to figure out a sliding scale that takes all the required factors into account and delivers a system that is cost-neutral, as is proposed.
“This is part of a wider conversation about financial literacy that we all have to have and I encourage all New Zealanders to think about these issues and discuss them in the course of daily life,” Mr Dunne says.
According to a Fairfax Media-Ipsos poll in February, 49 per cent of people want to choose when they receive their state pension, with reduced or enhanced rates depending on the age they start drawing payments.
So we need to consider carefully Flexi-Super and the Government wants to hear your views. The Discussion Paper can be viewed at www.unitedfuture.org.nz and also on the Minister of Finance’s website.
Submissions can be made by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or posted to Flexible Superannuation, The Treasury, PO Box 3724, Wellington 6140, New Zealand. Following this consultation, the Government will consider whether to further explore the Flexi-Super proposal. More detailed policy work and more consultation will take place before any decisions are made.
A young Māori conservationist says its essential tangata whenua are involved in programmes to manage natural resources.
TK Hawaikirangi from Ngāti Kahungunu is a recent graduate of DOC’s Tauira Kaitiaki Taiao cadetship programme.
He spoke to last month’s World Indigenous Network in Darwin on the Ngā Whenua Rāhui programme, which allows Māori land with high conservation values to be managed as part of the conservation estate.
He says environmental protection is a growth industry, and treaty settlements means more skilled Māori will be needed to manage conservation land returned to iwi.
You thought Gollum looked unrealistic, or you could do more convincing blue aliens than in Avatar?
If so, you might be just the one who Weta Digital and Victoria University are looking for.
The two have paired up to announce a computer graphics PhD scholarship that will put the winner right at the cutting edge of movie special-effects magic.
“The successful candidate will have the ability to go deep and solve a problem fundamentally,” Weta Digital chief technology officer Sebastian Sylwan said.
He expected fierce competition for the scholarship – whoever wins will have their PhD fees covered for three years and be awarded an annual $25,000 stipend with the distinct likelihood of a job at the Oscar-winning effects studio behind the Lord of the Rings trilogy, King Kong and The Adventures of Tintin.
Whoever takes the coveted spot will enter the rarefied world of Weta Digital research to explore mysterious gaming and movie special-effects disciplines such as numerical simulation, computer vision, rendering and the mashing of data structures.
Mr Sylwan, who was head of research and development on Avatar, said that, although it might seem as if movie effects had become as lifelike as possible, computer graphics were far from “hitting the ceiling”.
With film directors demanding increasingly realistic and complex effects, there were still two major problems in the sphere of computer-generated make-believe.
“Rendering humans is still a problem, from the peach fuzz on the face to the fibres in clothes. Simulation is still a problem too: for example, a vast ocean moving still takes massive computational power.”
The scholarship will be part of Victoria University and Weta Digital’s computer graphics programme, which was started in 2011 and now has about 80 undergraduate students.
The postgraduate scholarship is being touted as a way of enriching the “eco-system” around Weta Digital, academia and the capital’s entertainment and digital industries. “We want to help grow that eco-system in Wellington and New Zealand,” Mr Sylwan said.
University computer graphics associate professor John Lewis said the scholarship would help forge stronger ties between academics and movie industry research.
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Government will increase the number of trades training places for Maori and Pasifika trades from 600 to 3,000 places, spending $43 million over four years.
Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce, and Associate Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Tariana Turia announced programmes from 2009 – the He Toki ki te Rika and Pasifika trades schemes – would be expanded.
The programmes are run through Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology and polytechs nationwide.
None of the $43 million to be spent over four years on the additional trades training places would be new money – $35 million would be taken from the Industry Training Fund and $8 million from Vote employment.
Prime Minister John Key signalled the changes in a speech at North Harbour Club in Auckland in January.
The Government’s target was for 14,000 new apprentices to start training over the next five years, in addition to the 7000 who now enrol each year.
He orignally said the funding would come from money saved by tightening up the industry training system to remove thousands of “phantom trainees” he said were signed up under the Labour Government and were not earning credits.
Mr Joyce said educational achievement was the most important way to achieve the Government’s goals of raising living standards through a more productive economy.
“This is a unique opportunity to leverage the need for trades training around the country to boost the skills and earning levels of many young Maori and Pasifika.”
Mr Joyce said there was an urgent need to enhance skills for young Maori and Pacific learners.
“There is a big opportunity over the next few years – particularly with the rebuilding of Christchurch – for anyone interested in trades careers to train and take up New Zealand apprenticeship places.
“Making better links into a trades career is better for Maori and Pasifika people and will be of great benefit to their families and the economy,” said Mr Joyce.”
From January 2014 the Government will:
- Combine modern apprenticeships and other apprenticeship-type training under an expanded and improved scheme called New Zealand Apprenticeships.
- The new apprenticeships will provide the same level of support, and the same level of subsidy, for all apprentices, regardless of their age.
- Overall subsidy payments will be increased by around $12 million in the first year, rising over time. Increased funding for apprenticeships will allow industry training organisations to invest in the quality of education for apprentices, lower fees for employers and encourage growth in the uptake of apprenticeships.
- Boost the educational content of apprenticeships. At a minimum they will require a programme of at least 120 credits that results in a level four qualification.
- Set clearer roles and performance expectations for ITOs, and give employers other options if their ITOs don’t perform.
- Lift the profile of, and participation in, apprenticeships.
- The Government will give the first 10,000 new apprentices who enrol after 6 March this year $1,000 towards their tools and off-job course costs, or $2,000 if they are in priority construction trades. The same amount will also be paid to their employers.
Press Release: Maori TV
Maori Television enters the world of Maori tourism in PUMANAWA: CELEBRATING MAORI IN BUSINESS, a new informative and light-hearted series, premiering Monday, March 25 at 9:30pm.
This 13-episode series showcases a variety of tourism businesses, ranging from large iwi-owned entities to small operations.
Producer Elise Francis says PUMANAWA is about being inspirational and practical. “We ask the operators what advice they have to give others wanting to venture into the industry and what they’ve learned.”
Businesses featured include Mitai Maori Village in Rotorua, in which owner Wetini Mitai-Ngatai used his passion for kapa haka to create a unique cultural experience and Wairakei Terraces and Thermal Health Spa, where a once lost treasure has been recreated in the 21st century.
“We ask each business how they have dealt with combining cultural practices with business practices and how being Maori is an advantage in the industry,” says Elise.
As a contrast, PUMANAWA will also feature Maori operated businesses that sell or market a non-Maori product and look at the obstacles they have faced.
PUMANAWA also explores the history of Maori tourism highlighting some of the famous attractions that lead visitors here in the past and how they are still attracting visitors today.
Tune in to PUMANAWA: CELEBRATING MAORI IN BUSINESS on Maori Television from Monday, March 25 at 9:30pm
Māori organisations will be offered shares in 2degrees this year through the company’s original Māori shareholder – a selldown which was always going to happen, a spokesman says.
Antony Royal sits on the boards of the telco Hautaki, the body which holds 5 per cent of shares on behalf of all Māori and its parent body the charitable trust Te Huarahi Tika. Tuaropaki, a central North Island hapū business, also independently holds 5 per cent.
A special commercial arrangement means that Hautaki can sell to approved Māori investors.
Royal said only very informal discussions had taken place with potential buyers but in the next couple of months Hautaki would ramp up its sales pitch. Hautaki wouldn’t be shedding its holding completely.
“The intention at this stage is to sell them in parcels so we have the opportunity to spread them around.
“Hautaki is holding these shares in trust at the moment for iwi and for other organisations who wanted to participate.
If you went four or five years ago trying to get Māori organisations interested in setting up a third mobile network it was hard to imagine what 2degrees would look like.
“The intention all along was for Hautaki to hold on to them until such time as the business is doing well. It’s got a brand, it’s growing and it’s made a significant contribution to the telecommunications industry so it’s easier for organisations to grasp what the opportunities are.”
Proceeds will be used to pay down debt incurred when Hautaki had to borrow to keep its stake in 2degrees.
Thursday, 31 January 2013, 11:42 am
Press Release: Fulbright-Creative NZ
Call for applications – Fulbright-Creative New Zealand Pacific Writer’s Residency
Fulbright New Zealand and Creative New Zealand invite applications for the 2013 Fulbright-Creative New Zealand Pacific Writer’s Residency, which offers a New Zealand writer of Pacific heritage the opportunity to work for three months on a creative writing project exploring Pacific identity, culture or history at the University of Hawai‘i. The project may be in any genre, but priority is given to works that focus on developing New Zealand literature in the genres of fiction, poetry, drama, non-fiction (including biography, history, arts-related and cultural topics) and playwriting.
The residency is valued at NZ$30,000 and includes return airfares to Hawai‘i, accommodation costs and a monthly stipend. Previous recipients have included authors Sarona Aiono-Iosefa and Marisa Maepu, poets Tusiata Avia and Daren Kamali, playwrights Victor Rodger and Makerita Urale, and filmmakers Sima Urale and Toa Fraser. Hawai‘i has been identified as a strategic location for artists and is considered the hub of Pacific writing with numerous universities, library resources, networks, writers’ forums and publishers. It is also an important link to the mainland US and has a strong indigenous culture.
Last year’s writer-in-residence, Daren Kamali, says that the residency offered more than he expected. “I was introduced to the right people and given the appropriate space, time and resources to create material for my manuscript, performances and presentations of my work. The University of Hawai‘i at M?noa was an ideal place for thinking, writing and accessing Pacific material, especially from the Hamilton Library which had a wealth of Pacific books and journals relevant to my research.” Daren was able to network with writers, poets and musicians from across the Pacific, had numerous opportunities to present and perform on- and off-campus, made significant progress on writing his second book of poetry, Squid Out of Water, and secured a Hawaiian publisher for the book when it is completed.
This year’s Fulbright-Creative New Zealand Pacific Writer’s Residency is available in either the Fall semester (August to November) or Spring semester (February to May) of the 2013-2014 US academic year. The deadline for applications is 5:00pm, Friday 1 March.
See www.fulbright.org.nz/awards/nzscholar/fulbright-cnz or contact Makerita Urale at Creative New Zealand for further information – email@example.com / 04 498 0729.