Day kicks off with dawn ceremony at Waitangi
The uniqueness of New Zealand was celebrated at this morning's Waitangi Day dawn service. Politicians from most parties spoke at the marae on the treaty grounds in the hour long service, in front of about 300 people. Before the Prime Minister left Waitangi, he took a parting shot at protestors during a breakfast for dignitaries. Meanwhile hundreds turned out to watch the waka take to the water, and others took advantage of the food and craft stalls.
Poll: Māori voters name Hone Harawira top Māori MP
The Harawira family may have raised the ire of the prime minister, but according to our Te Karere DigiPoll, Hone Harawira is riding a wave of popularity.
Hundreds turn out for hikoi against domestic violence
A march was held in Waitangi today against domestic violence and abuse. Organisers called on the nation to support the cause and stop focusing on frivolous issues such as who is going to escort the Prime Minister on to a marae.
Northland GP awarded Māori of the Year 2012
A Northland GP who has dedicated his life to improving Māori health has been named Māori of the Year. Dr Lance O’Sullivan was awarded the supreme title by current affairs show, Marae Investigates in their second Ngā Toa Whakaihuwaka Awards that celebrate Māori excellence and achievement.
Iwi leaders met with Govt over water rights
The Iwi Leaders Group made up of iwi heads held talks with the government over the past two days. Despite efforts, the Prime Minister says he won't back down over the water rights issue. Haami Piripi from Te Rarawa joined us to tell us more and where to next.
Lake Horowhenua dispute simmers over Waitangi celebrations
An attempt was made to put aside long standing dispute between Horowhenua Rowing Club and local iwi for Waitangi celebrations.
Thousands attend Manukau’s Waitangi event
From Waitangi to Auckland, there were celebrations in Manukau with thousands in attendance. Many agree that it's a special day for NZ no matter who you are or where you come from.
Ngāti Whatua hosts Waitangi celebrations on Bastion Point
For the first time Ngāti Whātua allowed a Waitangi music day concert to be held at Bastion Point. It's a place renown for protests over land confiscation, but now celebrated as a place of unity.
City centres celebrate Waitangi Day
And Waitangi Day is being marked with celebrations at centres throughout the rest of New Zealand. In the South Island, official Ngai Tahu celebrations are at Onuku Marae in Akaroa. Kapa haka groups, choir, reggae and hip hop acts took to the stage during Wellington's celebrations.
Tsunami warnings in place for the Pacific
Civil Defence confirmed a tsunami watch is in place for New Zealand after a magnitude 8 earthquake struck in the Solomon Islands. It was a powerful and shallow quake at a depth of just 5.8 kilometres.