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Rāapa 09 Kohi-tātea 2013

Published: 4:52PM Wednesday January 09, 2013

110 workers made redundant at Kawerau paper mill

The prospect of job layoffs in Kawerau just before Christmas was tough news for Norske Skogg millworkers. Today the worst was confirmed, 110 workers were made redundant with the closure of one of the mill's paper machines.

Rainbow Warrior V welcomed to Matauri Bay

The Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior V arrived in NZ today and was welcomed in a special ceremony at Matauri Bay near the wreck of the original Rainbow Warrior which was scuttled there 25 years ago.

More Maori finding love online

Online dating is increasing among Maori looking for love and companionship. One agency says the number of Maori on their books is still small in comparison to non-Maori but is growing rapidly with new Maori members increasing more than 40%.

Waikato Maori Health services improve

Better health services at lower costs are being delivered to Maori in Waikato, thanks to the help and advice of a Maori health provider, Te Raukura Hauora o Tainui.  The Waikato DHB says using the health provider has enabled them to do more for Maori.

Australian Bushfires: NZ Fire fighters deployed

More than 140 fires are still burning across New South Wales and fresh fires are breaking out across much of southern Australia. Meanwhile a team of firefighters and medical personnel flew out to Tasmania today.

More NZ interested in giving up smoking in 2013

2000 people signed up with Quit-line to quit smoking in the first week in January.

There was also a sharp increase in the number of people blogging and emailing for support. with almost 2500 people blogging in the same period.

Rua Kenana and Titokowarus treasures on display at Te Papa

Te Papa Tongarewa has unearthed more treasures from its vaults. This includes a taiaha that belonged to Ngaruahine leader and warrior Titokowaru and a cloak that belonged to the principle wife of the Tuhoe prohet Rua Kenana.

Christchurch Maori artist bounces back

Our reporter Irena Smith is on the road gathering stories from around the country. She caught up with Christchurch Maori artist Riki Manuel, who's rebuilding his life and business since the quake two years ago and discovered that some good can come from misfortune.