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Upper Hutt Leader : November 2nd 2011
18 UPPER HUTT LEADER, NOVEMBER 2, 2011 NEWS Care for environment -- have your say Greater Wellington Regional Council will hold a series of drop- in meetings to develop plans for the environment. The meetings follow an initial consultation last year in which 1000 people gave their opinions. Some proposals were then devel- oped for allocation of water, hand- ling storm water, rural land use, natural hazard management and coastal area management. The Hutt Valley meeting will be at Silverstream Retreat on Tuesday, November 8, from 3pm till 7.30pm. Anyone unable to attend the workshops can participate on-line at gw.govt.nz/your-environment. The council's first regional environmental plans were adopted in 1999 and a review began in 2009. The council expects the updated plans to be available for public submissions in 2013. Regional council chairwoman Fran Wilde encouraged anyone with an interest in a healthy environment to participate. Band continues its activist approach Return of the posse: Upper Hutt Posse, from left, Matthew Hapeta (MC Wiya), Dean Hapeta (Te Kupu) and Aaron Thompson (Gnrl Blue Ngati Dredd 1) who are releasing a new album. By JIMMY NESS Upper Hutt Posse, the creators of New Zealand's first rap record, have released a new album and are embarking on a nationwide tour. Dean Hapeta, also known as Te Kupu, founded the group in 1985 while living in Upper Hutt. They released the hit song ETu in 1988, which blended hip-hop with te reo and touched on issues such as Maori sovereignty. Their new album Declaration of Resistance was released on Octo- ber 22 and is about challenging the status quo, Mr Hapeta says. That's what Upper Hutt Posse is. We are a band which speaks about activism and protest. The whole content of our albums has been about resistance against this capitalist greed, profit-driven system.'' The album was made with a live band instead of using pro- grammed beats and features prominent use of the Maori language. Mr Hapeta says he has a simple reason for using te reo in his music. It's because it's my language. I have mixed ancestry, but I ident- ify most strongly as Maori. It's important to speak your own language. It's not absolutely necessary, but it is important.'' Upper Hutt Posse start their nine-date tour in Auckland on November 25. They will be playing at the Rimutaka Tavern on December 17 and have another tour planned for 2012. Spending his youth in Upper Hutt has impacted on his music and ideas, Mr Hapeta says. I was exposed to racism early on and thus the determination to fight again racism was from there. Upper Hutt, Maoribank especially, was a great place to grow up in a mix of urban and rural, with Mangaroa over the hill and the old bridge and Maoribank river. I can't think of a better place.'' Mr Hapeta now lives at Rau- mati Beach on the Kapiti Coast, but some of his family still live locally. He has travelled to many differ- ent countries to meet with indi- genous and underprivileged people for a six-part music docu- mentary called Ngatahi: Know The Links. Mr Hapeta says he visited about 22 places in the United States, South Africa, Tanzania, Jamaica, Columbia, Hawaii, Ireland, Brazil, China, Serbia and others. It just sprung out of my inter- est in travelling. It just sprung out of my inter- est in unifying with people that are suffering with the perils of col- onisation and the perils of racism and the perils of this colonist sys- tem. We share this common striving, this common yearning for a better planet.'' The documentary box set is due for release in 2012 and a festival cut was screened at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004.
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