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Film show at Berlin
Bright spark: Hawke's Bay-raised Ngaa Rauuira is the subject of a documentary that has been
accepted into the Berlin International Film Festival.
Photo: PIETRA BRETTKELLY
Maori Boy Genius, a documentary about
Hawke s Bay boy Ngaa Rauuira, who
attended Yale University at the age of 15, has
been accepted for the Berlin International
Film Festival this month, in the Generation
14 plus youth category.
Just to be nominated is a fantastic break-
through for Aotearoa and I, along with execu-
tive producer Joanna Paul, producer/director
Pietra Brettkelly and the documentary crew,
will be representing our people and land with
much joy and humility, Rauuira said.
While his friends were studying in high
school, Rauuira studied politics and law at
Yale, an American Ivy League university.
As Rauuira lived and studied, he was
followed by a camera crew who recorded his
journey through a six-week summer
programme. He went back to America for
another 10-week stint in 2010.
Acceptance to the Berlin Film Festival is
an acknowledgement of all who have
supported, encouraged and contributed to an
effort that is not for the benefit of just one,
Maori Boy Genius documents Rauuira s
life, from his birth in Otaki, to growing up as
young Maori boy in Hawke s Bay attending
Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Ngati Kahungunu
ki Heretaunga, in Bridge Pa, and then his
time at Yale.
The Berlinale awards for 2012 will be
announced on February 18.
Cash for dam work
Just over $3 million will be spent on investigating the
Hawke s Bay Regional Council s Ruataniwha Dam project --
and the money is in the bank now that central government
has announced a major grant.
A $1.6m contribution from the Agriculture and Forestry
Ministry s irrigation acceleration fund was announced last
week. That amount will be matched by the regional council,
and comes on top of a previous contribution of $350,000
from the same ministry.
The irrigation acceleration fund was aimed at the deve-
lopment of sustainable rural water infrastructure
proposals, said fund manager Kevin Steel.
The money will go towards a $3.3m feasibility study, due
to be completed in six months. That will take the amount
spent on the project so far to $4.8m.
A pre-feasibility study found a 90-million cubic metre
dam at the foot of the Ruahine range to be a realistic option
for irrigating up to 22,000 hectares, opening it up for more
intensive agricultural and horticultural use.
Geotechnical work already completed had found that the
project was technically feasible .
If the new study confirmed that the project was viable
and affordable, subject to council approval, consents would
be lodged and final design work undertaken.
Napier City Council seems to take a more charitable stance
on parking infringements than other city councils, waiving
8.5 per cent of the tickets issued in the last financial year.
Taupo cancelled 6.9 per cent of tickets, while Wellington
accepted just 3.3 per cent of parking infringement appeals.
Local Government Official Information and Meeting Act
figures showed that Napier City Council issued 26,836
parking tickets in the last financial year. Of these, 2299,
just over 8 per cent, were cancelled, worth a total of
$222,127. In Hastings, 7776 tickets were issued, worth
$136,210. Hastings District Council did not provide infor-
mation on how many appeals it received about parking
infringements. -- Fairfax
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