Newsletter date: 30 March 2015
* News Analysis & Video: Rewa Harriman, Maori Television: Protests against closure of Aboriginal communities gain momentum
[Maori Solidarity with the Nyoongar people at Matargarup, Perth]
* News Analysis & Video: Heeni Brown, Maori Television: Maori concern grows for remote Aboriginal communities
* News Analysis & Video: Taroi Black, Maori Television: Maori students join online protest against the closure of Aboriginal communities
* Action: Eru Rerekura, Radio New Zealand News: Call for support for Australian indigenous rights
* Video: Digital Dreaming Project, facebook: Coroboree Causes Conjestion: Brisbane Unites for the WA Mob.
* Video: Lia Yorkston, facebook: Stop the Forced Closure of Aboriginal Communities in Australia: "Brisbane knows how to protest"
* Poster: Stop the Forced Closure of Aboriginal Communities in Australia, facebook: "We would like to confirm that that 2nd National Call of Action will be held Friday 1st May 2015."
* Background: The Stringer facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheStringerNews
* WGAR Background: Plans to close Aboriginal homelands / remote communities in WA and SA
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WGAR News - Working Group for Aboriginal Rights (Australia)
- News Analysis & Video
Maori Television: Protests against closure of Aboriginal communities gain momentum
[Featuring the Tent Embassy with the Nyoongar people on Heirisson Island]
29 Mar 15: "The protests against the impending closure of up to 150 aboriginal communities in Western Australia have gained momentum online and on the ground. The Tent Embassy with the Nyoongar people on Heirisson Island in Perth is one of the many protests around Australia. Maori are being more vocal in their support and today many came along to the tent embassy to support the cause and to bring koha such as food, water, bedding and waiata too. These Maori felt like they needed to be here to support their indigenous cousins. ... " By Rewa Harriman. Rewa spent two years under Te Ataarangi which lead to her first job in Maori journalism at Radio Waatea in 2004. Rewa joined Te Kaea in 2010, firstly as a general reporter, but is now combining her experience as a former professional athlete and journalism as a senior sports reporter and producer.
- News Analysis & Video
Maori Television: Maori concern grows for remote Aboriginal communities
28 Mar 15: "Maori experts in sustainable living and health are concerned over a proposed plan to close more than 100 of Western Australia's remote Indigenous communities. Traditional and modern architect Rau Hosking says the Australian government putting it's economic view ahead of 40,000 years of historical connection needs to be heavily questioned. The battle for Kennedy Hill is one of many across Western Australia. Aboriginal elder Roy Wiggans from Kennedy says, "I'm sick and tired of talking to people and fighting this is my land, it's not white man's land" ... " By Heeni Brown. She is a graduate of Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Rangi Aniwaniwa and spent her first tertiary years at Auckland and Waikato universities studying Bachelors in Science and Maori. That science background comes in handy when covering both health and court stories. She also loves covering treaty settlements as she is fascinated by the details and stories in historical accounts.
- News Analysis & Video
Maori Television: Maori students join online protest against the closure of Aboriginal communities
25 Mar 15: "The fight to stop the closure of indigenous communities in Western Australia continues to grow. Te Kaea caught up with a group of Maori students from Auckland University who have expressed concerns about the Western Australian Government's decision. Co-president of Nga Tauira Maori, Jerry Daniels says, "We want the Australian Government to change what they're doing and support those communities or else their culture will die." ... " By Taroi Black. Taroi Black has been a journalist for nine years. He started his career with Te Kaea as a sports reporter in 2006, and by 2010, had merged into covering general news stories. Taroi also directed the 13-part documentary series, Poutiriao, which profiled the unique stories of Maori tribal and regional guardians.
Radio New Zealand News: Call for support for Australian indigenous rights
25 Mar 15: "A Maori business manager based in Australia wants more Maori people to support indigenous rights in the light of Federal Government plans to shut down remote Aboriginal communities. ... Brent Reihana, of Ngapuhi descent, said Maori needed to show their solidarity with the tangata whenua of Australia. ... Mr Reihana said he wanted Māori communities to rally together and spread the message on social media that they do not support the Australian government's idea to close down remote indigenous communities." Eru Rerekura, Te Manu Korihi
Digital Dreaming Project, facebook: Coroboree Causes Conjestion: Brisbane Unites for the WA Mob.
28 Mar 15: "The Brisbane mob took control of the CBD last night. This is really powerful stuff! So good, it gives me goosebumps! Cars and buses full of commuters were forced to pay attention because we stopped traffic with a corroboree at every major intersection! Our voice is getting bigger, stronger and louder! And we have a message that can't be ignored: We continue to stand united against the forced closures of 150 remote Aboriginal communities in Western Australia. Because being Aboriginal is NOT a lifestyle choice."
Lia Yorkston, facebook: Stop the Forced Closure of Aboriginal Communities in Australia
27 Mar 15: "Brisbane knows how to protest"
Stop the Forced Closure of Aboriginal Communities in Australia, facebook
24 Mar 15: "We would like to confirm that that 2nd National Call of Action will be held Friday 1st May 2015. Actions will begin at 10am in the Kimberley but there will be other times for other states behind this and we will promote the information specific to the locations when confirmed. Any communities wishing to organise an action on this day, please contact us so that we can support you and provide resources. (contact details for official sites are on the image below)"
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WGAR Background: Plans to close Aboriginal homelands / remote communities in WA and SA
(last updated: 29 March 2015)
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