Western Leader : November 11th 2010
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Eastbound traffic will be diverted from SH16 at Te Atatu Rd. NZTA advises motorists the detours could add up to 25 minutes to the journey, and allowance for additional travel times should be made. The eastbound lanes between the Te Atatu Road off ramp and Rosebank Road on ramp are scheduled to be closed on Wednesday 17 November and again on Sunday 21 November. This includes the closure of both the Te Atatu Road eastbound on ramps, and the Patiki Rd eastbound off ramp. All work is weather dependant. If work can not be carried out on the dates above, it will be carried out on the next available evening. These works are an important part of the maintenance programme to ensure the motorway is kept in a good and safe condition for all road users. For updates and information about these works, or any other motorway issues please call Auckland Motorways on 09 5200 200. CLEARANCE SALE FASHION SAMPLES, ACCESSORIES DISCOUNTED LINES, NEAR PERFECT GARMENTS Thursday 18th November 9am - 7pm Friday 19th November 9am - 5pm Saturday 20th November 9am - 3pm OPTIMUM/PAULA RYAN 10B Westech Pl, Kelston Ph 813 0020 HUGE BARGAINS WEST COAST RD GREAT NORTH RD WESTECH PL SUPER CHEAP AUTO WE ARE HERE äNEW LYNN ë When men's rights are just wrong It's all a matter of cus- tomary rights. That's the wayIseeit--andI've had some experience as you'll see. No, I'm not talking about the water's edge rule or whatever they're calling the latest attempt to please everyone while apparently pleasing no one -- particularly Hone Harawira. My topic is actually the way the Brown Auck- land administration is redrafting my set of cus- tomary rights. Having Maori elders sit Penny Hulse, the new deputy mayor, in the sec- ond row because of some sort of ancient, tribal dominant sex ruling is a strong case in point. I'm still not at all reconciled to quavering and some times flattish v ersions of that old Pakeha hymn How Great Thou Art being sung to open just about any pub- lic occasion with Pakeha sometimes hongi-ing each other to follow. Actually, I thought the passing of Sir Howard Morrison, the great exponent of it, might give us a relief from the How great'' treatment. Although I've got to say that anything, including the Goons, would have been better than the range of multicultural renditions (in the sense of tearing apart) of other tunes swearing-in and maiden speech marathons. What I'm sick of is the apparent customary indigenous right to turn every state, local or even family local occasion into a tribal hongi, and some- times haka, occasion. And this is not a new feeling. There was the grand opening of AUT's three- year communications degree course years ago -- last century actually. The North Shore hall was turned into a notional marae for one of those long welcoming powhiri. Trouble: Tribal advo- cates ruled that they set the rules and since the one-time resident tribe in the area had a No women speaking'' ban on marae that had to apply at our place too. The pol- itically correct staff of that time, feminists and all, just conceded. That's the way it was. Then another major equal rights issue loomed. The deputy head of the communications depart- ment was a woman and that apparent protocol handicap meant she couldn't speak in our own hall as had been planned. She was welcome to join in the odd verse of How Great, etc'' -- but nothing more. No nothing. As a lecturer on the journalism course I was affronted. I don't know whether Phil Goff was so concerned. He was, shall we say, resting'' from Parliament and on the teaching staff there too. Anyway, after a cer- tain amount of argy- bargy, a temporary post- colonial option was taken up. All the males who wished could say their piece. Then the marae powhiri event would be ruled to be over, the hall would instantaneously and miraculously revert to its real mundane, per- manent role and all protocols would lapse. Madam could speak. Kia ora. At the next board of studies meeting, I expressed real regret about that slight to her and that there had not been one line of trans- lation in the whole 45-minute Maori language performance -- and I used that word deliberately. I argued that if we wanted or were pressed into turning our hall into a marae then we should have the right to set the protocols. I pressed what I thought was a relevant point -- that the vast majority of the 50 or so students beginning a course in communi- cations had spent much of the first hour of their three-year course not understanding any of the portentous oratory. Total non-communi- cation. Could we please have a balance of translations next time? The following month, the minutes of that board meeting reported crisply and with feeling that Mr Booth criticised the use of Maori at the induction''. That precis showed me that more than the students needed teach- ing the real meaning of words..Then there was a powhiri (not in Auck- land) to welcome a new health board into their own meeting room -- which seemed to me rather strange. It too had been elevated to become a marae for a few hours it seemed. We were marshalled in the corridor and then summoned in the tra- ditional wailing way. With a slight but signifi- cant traffic jam. I stood back to let the chairperson lead us in. She wouldn't lead us through and hung back which was most unlike her. It was, she said, Maori custom that men walked in first. So apparently some- one who was government-appointed with six years' service was expected to give way to a newly elected novice member solely because he was a male and she was a woman. I made it clear that the custom in my community was that men stood back for women. Irresistible force meets immoveable object. We sidled in abreast, so to speak. Protocols were intact, that was the main thing. Ahead lay years when the karakia opened every monthly meeting. Us- ually untranslated, of course. And always the Maori chairwoman asked one of the couple of Maori members of the nine of us to provide it. That was until the meet- ing when I asked if I could exercise my cus- tomary rights and say a prayer of my own instead. The odd gasp. I prayed for guidance -- and an acceptance of other people's differences. I was never asked to repeat the Pakeha kara- kia. Which is what I hope happens to out-of-date tribal protocols which turn city halls into make-believe marae. At the same time I suggest that newly revealed tendency for the newly elected to sing, and even dash off their own social comment lyrics, should be covered by a perma- nent tapu. All of which leads me to repeat an old joke -- that in countries like Afghanistan, Iraq and the like, men have given up the centuries-old cus- tom of them striding ahead of their wives. Now women are walk- ing in front. The reason: Landmines. Fun day for Cure Kids Family fun: Tamilla Khan of Massey, who is 12 years old and has leukaemia, enjoyed a free day at Rainbows End on Saturday. Cure Kids children and their families were invited to the event as part of celebrations in the lead-up to Red Nose Day on November 19. Money raised from the sale of red noses from Shell, Paper Plus and Take Note stores will go towards funding medical research into serious illnesses affecting New Zealand children.
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