Newsletter date: 6 April 2015
* Latest News & Videos: Top topic: Australia - Maori Television: http://www.maoritelevision.com/news/latest-news/australia
* Video Interview: Native Affairs, Rewa Harriman, Maori Television: Native Affairs - Aboriginal Community Closures [Rewa Harriman interviews Bella Bropho]
* News Analysis & Video: Native Affairs, Online News Team, Rewa Harriman, Maori Television: Aboriginal people call on John Key to support their communities
* News Analysis & Video: Maiki Sherman, Maori Television: Support grows for Australian Aboriginal communities from Maori MPs
* News Analysis: Online News Team, Maori Television: Marama Fox denied leave for vote on Australian Aboriginal communities
* Video: Te Karere TVNZ, YouTube: Fox denied leave to vote on forced closure of Aboriginal communities
* News Analysis & Video: Rewa Harriman, Maori Television: Wangkatja elder concerned about mineral wealth of ancestral land
* News Analysis & Video: Rewa Harriman, Maori Television: Nyungah tribe embroiled in familiar battle with Australian Government
* 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."
* Facebook: Stop the Forced Closure of Aboriginal Communities in Australia
* WGAR Background: Plans to close Aboriginal homelands / remote communities in WA and SA
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Australia - Maori Television:
"Maori Television reports on the current situation affecting Indigenous Aboriginal communities in Western Australia, and other relevant stories of our Maori people residing in Australia."
- Video Interview
Maori Television: Native Affairs - Aboriginal Community Closures [Rewa Harriman interviews Bella Bropho]
[scoll down page for full video interview] http://www.maoritelevision.com/news/regional/aboriginal-people-call-john...
31 Mar 15: " ... In an interview with Rewa Harriman on Native Affairs last night, the Swan Valley spokesperson for the Nyungah community, Bella Bropho asked John Key to put pressure on Tony Abbot and Western Australia’s Premier Colin Barnett to put a stop to the plans to close down the communities. She said her people were being condemned and likened what was happening to modern day genocide and that her people were fighting for their existence and survival. ... " By Native Affairs, Rewa Harriman
Native Affairs: Maori Televisions award winning flagship current affairs show that brings you in-depth investigative stories from a dedicated team of journalists.
Rewa Harriman: After 7 years on the circuit and travelling to over 30 countries, Rewa decided she was ready for the challenge of learning te reo Maori. She 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, ...
- News Analysis & Video
Maori Television: Aboriginal people call on John Key to support their communities
31 Mar 15: "The spokesperson for the Aboriginal Swan Valley Nyungah community has called on Prime Minister John Key to put pressure on Australian PM Tony Abbott to reconsider the planned closure of up to 150 remote Aboriginal communities. As the proposed closure looms, opposition to the idea continues to grow on the ground and online as more and more people vocalise their support for the communities impacted and the indigenous people of Australia. ... " By Native Affairs, Online News Team, Rewa Harriman
Online News Team: Our Online News Team reports on the latest news stories at local, national and international levels.
- News Analysis & Video
Maori Television: Support grows for Australian Aboriginal communities from Maori MPs
3 Apr 15: "Maori MPs have been writing to political parties in Australia in a bid to stop the closure of around 150 Aboriginal communities. Over the past week Te Kaea was in Australia reporting on the issue, while back in Aotearoa, the Aboriginal communities have certainly gained a lot of support. The Maori Party says the Australian Government is breaching the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, a statement which is being directed at Prime Minister Tony Abbott. ... " By Maiki Sherman. Maiki is now based is Wellington focussing on politics as Te Kaea's reporter in Parliament. While at Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Ruamata, Maiki was named New Zealand Top Scholar, Te Reo Rangatira Level 3, for students exceptionally fluent in the Maori language.
- News Analysis
Maori Television: Marama Fox denied leave for vote on Australian Aboriginal communities
2 Apr 15: "An attempt by Marama Fox to condemn the Australian Government's closure of Aboriginal communities was stopped by the Leader of the House Gerry Brownlee yesterday. Gerry Brownlee denied co-leader of the Maori Party, Marama Fox leave from the House of Representatives to vote on a motion to condemn the Australian Government’s impending closure of remote indigenous communities in Western Australia. Marama Fox tweeted a picture of the motion she wanted to put to the house which read; ... " By Online News Team
Te Karere TVNZ, YouTube: Fox denied leave to vote on forced closure of Aboriginal communities
2 Apr 15: "Maori Party MP Marama Fox sought leave of the House to vote on a motion to condemn the closure of remote Australian Aboriginal communities in Australia, only for it to be opposed by National MP Gerry Brownlee."
- News Analysis & Video
Maori Television: Wangkatja elder concerned about mineral wealth of ancestral land
1 Apr 15: "To Australia, there's no shortage of money in Kalgoorlie, a town 600km inland from Perth. It's the hub of a number of mines but what do the traditional owners of the land think of their homelands being extracted for gold? ... Pastor Geoffrey Stokes says, "They get millions of dollars from the super pit every day. Australia belongs to someone, Australia belongs to the aboriginal people." Stokes is angry at the planned closures of remote communities and like many others thinks there's another agenda at play such as accessing the land for its mineral wealth. ... " By Rewa Harriman
- News Analysis & Video
Maori Television: Nyungah tribe embroiled in familiar battle with Australian Government
31 Mar 15: "The Nyungah tribe in Western Australia are not only fighting against the government’s decision for the planned closures of the remote communities but also to return to their own community in Lockridge which was closed down 11 years ago. The Gallop government closed the community down amid allegations of widespread sexual abuse, allegations that were later proven wrong. Community leaders have told Te Kaea about the impacts the closure had on their families, they lost their land and their homes ... " By Rewa Harriman
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."
Stop the Forced Closure of Aboriginal Communities in Australia
WGAR Background: Plans to close Aboriginal homelands / remote communities in WA and SA
(last updated: 1 April 2015)
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WGAR: Working Group for Aboriginal Rights (Australia)
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