New Zealand 141114: A Powerful Date for Maori, Or Just More Whitewash?

After another very lengthy (and costly) Tribunal, set up by the New Zealand Government, comprised of Judge Carrie Wainwright (presiding), Professor Wharehuia Milroy, Dame Margaret Bazley, and Professor Ranginui Walker, and was assisted by consulting historian and Tribunal member Dr. Robyn Anderson, the unanimous conclusion was that the Maori peoples NEVER conceded Sovereignty to the British at the signing of Te Tiriti O Waitangi (Te Tiriti O Waitangi).

Because of this, for well over a century, the Maori peoples have been treated as ‘second -class’ citizens within their own country. This has in many cases dramatically affected their health, their livelihoods, their status as landowners, their access to and protection of their ancestral heritage sites, and their ability to have any voice in the running of what was – and still is – their own country.

It is interesting to note that Chis Finlayson, Treaty Minister, basically dismissed the Tribunal findings out of hand, stating that the current New Zealand Government still holds Sovereignty over New Zealand. This quote, by him, typifies the attitude of many New Zealand politicians. “There is no question that the Crown has Sovereignty in New Zealand. This report doesn’t change that fact.” So why did the NZ Government commission such a Tribunal investigation, and why are they looking at the next stage of the Tribunal, which is to ascertain if and when the Government ‘assumed’ sovereignty? If the reaction is the same as it has been to Part 1 of the Tribunal, then why waste any more time and money on a report that allegedly will never be taken seriously by the current New Zealand Government?

The Maori people of New Zealand (or Aotearoa as they would prefer to call it), like many other Indigenous (or First Nations) Peoples around the world, are beginning to stand up for their dignity as a Nation in their own right, and not just some subjugated tribe of savages. The United Nations is very well aware of this, and allocates a lot of their time in supporting changes in these people’s status. So why will the New Zealand Government not take note of a Tribunal that they themselves had commissioned?

Towards the achievement of this aim, in 2006 the Maori Confederation of Chiefs bestowed on His Excellency Chief Charles Hohepa the greatest honour of the Maori Nation – he was SELECTED (not elected) to be the first Sovereign Mandate – the Sole Protector – of the Maori Nation. His Excellency Chief Charles Hohepa, has for many years been attempting to raise international funds that will see the status and the well-being of many Maori vastly improved, including the establishment of a new Capital City to be built at Waitangi, as the new focal point of the Maori Nation. He is doing this in his capacity of Sovereign Head of the Matua Karanga Foundation. To reach such an exulted position within a Nation requires a very powerful character with a strong moral code, as well as the ability to take …

Do You Qualify For Obama's Moms Return to School Government Grant Scholarship?

The new Obama administration has made a commitment to assist single mothers to return to school. It sees though that most mothers do not realize that Obama's 'Moms Return to School' Government Grant Scholarship even exists! That is a shame as there are so many benefits to be had with this opportunity.

Even though the economy is not great at the moment you should not let that deter you from going to college – even if you are a mom!

The economy always comes back strong and when it does, your college qualifications will put you in a great position when you are finding work. You will have skills that employers want and you will not have a problem finding a job you love and one that pays well.

Federal Pell Grants

The Federal Pell Grants were one of the first points of call for Obama when he became President. He has increased the amount of the grant for low income students. The amount is now $ 5100 and it used to be $ 4050 – and he may raise it more in the near future. This is great news for moms who wish to go to college and can not afford to pay for it.

How to Apply

First you should find a college that has the program you want to do. Then simply fill out the deferral FAFSA form and submit it.

Studying Moms Get Tax Benefits

Thanks to The American Opportunity Tax Credit program you will get your first $ 4000 of education fees for nothing. As a mom this is going to take a great weight off your shoulders.

Online Study Grants

If you choose to study via online education then you can still apply for the Obama Moms Scholarship. There is no doubt that studying with online education is the best choice for most busy moms who prefer not to leave their kids to go off to college.

If you feel that the Obama 'Moms Return to School' Government Grant Scholarship is not suitable for you then do not worry: there are certainly other scholarships that you can apply for so that you can get the money you need to go to college. …