Report highlights biased criminal justice system, lawyer
Māori between 10 and 16 years old are more likely to be prosecuted than Pākeha. Māori lawyers say this just highlights a biased justice system that has long created a disservice for young Māori.
Committee hears of community suffering under govt housing policies
Maraenui community group Tū Tangata Maraenui have spoken to the Social Services Committee today regarding the housing situation in their community. They say empty state houses are being trashed and those that are still good aren’t being re-let to those in desperate need.
Wahine survivor puts memories into book
A descendant of Ngāti Porou and Kahungunu has written a book about the Wahine disaster in the Cook Strait 45 years ago. Ngaire Bowen-Lilly was 14 at the time, and she was aboard the ship. The book holds her memories of that fateful day.
Seek knowledge in own backyard, says Māori librarian group
For 20 years, Te Rōpū Whakahau has encouraged Māori to use the resources and seek knowledge in the libraries of the country. Now they have a new goal, to encourage Māori to look at the benefits of the environment.
Horomia: Not surprised by latest figures in Māori youth prosecution
Labour's Māori Affairs spokesperson Parekura Horomia gives us his views on current political issues including the Māori Affairs Select Committee questioning about Māori Television's ratings; Tū Tangata Maraenui members telling MPs their community is suffering under government social housing policy; and new research that shows young Māori are more likely to be prosecuted than young Pākehā.
Māori landscaping untapped potential
A Māori landscape architect is sending a clear message to whānau, hapū and iwi to encourage more of their descendants into the landscape industry so that Māori have more of a visible presence in New Zealand. This has come as New Zealand hosts the first International Federation of Landscape Architects World Council (IFLA) meeting.
MTS questioned over low ratings
Māori Television Service (MTS) have faced questioned in Parliament over their low ratings. MTS executives appeared before the Māori Affairs Select Committee this morning and were asked to explain their low audience share. 97% of Māori Television's revenue is from Government funding, and it was revealed the channel has managed to build up a $15 million reserve.
Sex abuse teacher pleads guilty to more charges
Former Northland deputy school principal James Parker has pleaded guilty to more child sex charges. His admission at the Kaitaia District Court takes his total number of child sex convictions to 74. Parker (38) has admitted offences against 20 former students at Pamapuria School near Kaitaia. Last year he admitted nearly 50 charges, including five of sexual violation. Parker will stay in custody until a pre-sentencing hearing next month.
Shaun Johnson likely to replace Benji in Kiwis
Shaun Johnson might again be thrown into the firing line in an Anzac Test with Kiwis playmaker Benji Marshall at risk of missing next Friday's trans-Tasman clash in Canberra. Marshall injured his toe early in the West Tigers' 26-12 defeat to Melbourne last night, leaving the grounds in a moonboot. Initial reports suggested the former Kiwis skipper could be side-lined for up to three months. Warriors’ halfback Shaun Johnson seems the most likely replacement.