Western Leader : February 4th 2011
5 WESTERN LEADER, FEBRUARY 4, 2011 NEWS AUCKLAND FOOTBALL VS WAIKATO BAY OF PLENTY FOOTBALL AUCKLAND FOOTBALL DEVELOPMENT TEAM VS NORTHERN FOOTBALL Saturday 5 February, 3pm Saturday 5 February, 5pm The Auckland Football sides are proudly supported by Venue (both games): Keith Hay Park Left wing party won't fly Listen to Willie Jackson on Monday at 10am on Radio Waatea 603AM Former Green MP Sue Bradford is in cuckoo- land if she thinks Hone Harawira is going to cash in his chips with the Maori Party and set up a new left-wing party. Bradford and some of the misinformed media for some reason think Harawira might be con- templating a move to the left if he's given the boot but she's not reading the situation properly. Although Harawira has clearly been promot- ing some of the policies and principles that a left-wing party would advocate, like support for the poor, an increase in the minimum wage and a fairer tax system, he first and foremost is an advocate for his people. That means that he is interested in advancing Maori interests and those interests might not always fall within a left- wing paradigm. Left-wingers are great advocates of democracy. For them democracy is the answer to the world's woes. And while you'd have to admit that democracy has some merits, it is not the be-all and end-all for Maori. In a democracy, the majority always rules and one only has to look at the historical experi- ence of Maori, Australian Aboriginals and Native Americans to realise how badly indigenous people have fared and you can understand why there is trepidation about this system of government. Fiji very recently decided that their demo- cratic government was so corrupt that they had to get rid of it and now the military is in charge. This has sparked huge outrage in New Zealand and Australia especially from left-wingers. And of course recently there is no better example of how democ- racy can be used against Maori than when the Labour Party used its majority vote to stop Maori from having their title claims investigated by any court of law. Labour brought in the evil'' Foreshore and Seabed Act in 2004 that was championed by some of this country's most prominent left-wingers. The left's top writer Chris Trotter saw the act as a defence against Maori radicals, ie, people like Hone Harawira who wanted to take the country away from good Pakeha people like him. So, really it would be a bit naive to think now that Harawira would want to set up a party to support Trotter, Brad- ford and their mates. No, that simply won't happen -- if Harawira leaves the party he will set up another Maori Party. That's what he believes in and that's the only option. Qualifications 'put you to the front' By CATHERINE HEALY Full circle: Eli Faamatau did several Best Pacific courses as a teenager and is now enjoying helping the next generation as an employee. School's back -- but not everyone's happy about it. For some teenagers the secondary school system doesn't work. Eli Faamatau was one of those kids. I just didn't fit the mould,'' he says. I lacked confidence in myself. At Lynfield College my teachers would say I had so much potential. I couldn't understand it. They saw something I didn't see.'' He grew up in Blockhouse Bay doing everything except school'' and finished college with hardly any qualifications. I had no direction. I spent a year on the benefit and did nothing.'' It was an advertisement for a career directions course at Best Pacific Insti- tute of Education in New Lynn that changed Mr Faa- matau's path. The company offers free courses for 16 to 18-year- olds who have low or no qualifications who want to get back into learning. Students study at their own pace and earn NZQA credits in areas such as computing, retail and office skills. Best was very small back then. There were six guys in my class. Now there are 300 doing the youth programme. It's a very holistic, Pacific approach. Here, you are part of a family,'' Mr Faamatau says. All of my older sisters work in factories and I thought it would make my parents proud if I broke the pattern and worked in an office. So I did another Best course in office systems.'' Mr Faamatau went on to jobs in the corporate world and worked his way up to management level. He has come full circle and is now employed by Best Pacific to look after their call centre, sales and promotions. By chance, a friend saw an ad for a job here at Best. I thought it would be great to work here and give other kids a chance like I had. When I left school with- out qualifications, chances are I would've fallen by the wayside and ended up work- ing in a factory. When you're applying for jobs, qualifications are what put you to the front of the queue.'' Call 0800-425-624 or see www.best.ac.nz for course information. Rock free Sunday A free concert at Hender- son Park on Waitangi Day kicks off Waitakere Sounds 2011. The first event in the annual series will fea- ture The Earlybirds, Autozamm, Ivy Lies and Mile High from 1pm to 5pm. Promoter Ayliss Ripley is calling on west Auck- landers to get out and see the free concerts. Make sure you get out and show your support for these family events. Lock in the dates, bring the chilly bins, bean bags and the whanau and don't forget the sun- screen.'' Go to www.waitakere sounds.co.nz for more information.
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