This week has been a special week for my organisation the Manukau Urban Maori Authority (MUMA).
On Wednesday we became the first agency to partner with the Auckland City Mission with the opening of a community food bank at our Nga Whare Waatea marae in Mangere.
The initiative is a response to the findings by the mission's Family 100 Research Project which talks about what happens when the unexpected happens and people run out of options.
The Family 100 study's main aim is to increase public awareness about how New Zealanders are affected by low incomes, unemployment and shortage of food and housing.
One of the other points that came from the study was that some people's lives are a mess because they have to deal with a number of different agencies to look after their families' needs.
It was good to see that justice was done last week when anti-treaty campaigner Allan Titford was jailed for 24 years on sex and violence charges.
Titford gained a high profile in the 1980s and early 90s when he fought the crown over ownership of his farm in Dargaville.
A Waitangi Tribunal recommendation said that his farm should go to the Te Roroa iwi.
The iwi had claimed that 38 hectares of the property had been included in the farm land title by mistake, decades ago.
Titford bought the farm for $600,000 in 1986 but the claim from Te Roroa Maori scared away potential buyers and Titford said he was forced to sell to the Crown for $3.25 million in 1995.
It was so sad watching David Tua announcing his retirement after his comprehensive loss to the giant Belarusian Alexander Ustinov last weekend.
Although without doubt David did the right thing, as his skill level is not there any more, I couldn't help thinking about what might have been if he hadn't fallen out with his former managers Kevin Barry and Martin Pugh.
Their relationship disintegrated in 2003 through an ugly legal feud over money.
That took a toll on David and the stress was so much that he didn't fight for two years.
When he did, he was never the same fighter who had beaten four world champions, challenged Lenox Lewis for the world title, and was the No 1 contender in the world.
I went into a state of shock when I heard about the death of the legendary former Samoan Rugby captain Peter Fatialofa.
"Fats" was one of the unluckiest players to have never played for the All Blacks.
In fact it's a travesty that he wasn't selected during the 1980s when he was at his peak and everyone in the Auckland rugby team was an All Black apart from him.
I'm convinced it wasn't because of his playing ability because Fats was often one of the Auckland team's best players.
Rather it was because he didn't quite fit the image.
Pop princess Rihanna needs to have a good look at herself after covering up her traditional Maori moko just weeks after she got it.
To me that says more about the American singer‘s immaturity than the actual tattoo and the pain process she went through.
The already tattooed entertainer starred on YouTube when she was inked the old school way using a mallet and chisel.
That method is used around the Pacific and is extremely painful so I'm told.
You have to give her credit for going through that but now that she's seen fit to cover it up, I can only wonder why she got it done in the first place?
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