Impoverished Māori community gets visit from ministers
Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson and Social Development Minister Paula Bennett visited the small community of Minginui where they are looking at the state of housing and ways to combat unemployment that has been plaguing the community for over 20 years.
4-year-old cancer sufferer hopes to donate to others
A Māori girl suffering from Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML) intends to support other families affected by cancer. Tianajay Klomp-Loffley's family have organised a fundraiser event this weekend in the hopes of alleviating some of the financial burdens that come with battling the deadly disease. But both Tianajay and her mother want to donate money raised to non-profit cancer organisations.
Team NZ five wins away from claiming America’s Cup
Team NZ have struck a major psychological blow over Oracle in the America's Cup in San Francisco. After being demolished by over a minute in race five, Team USA has enacted their ability to postpone one race in the regatta, pushing race six back to Friday.
Wild weather hits South Is and lower North Is
Canterbury faced the most severe wind gusts in close to 40 years. Power was cut to thousands of Christchurch residents and many roads were blocked with debris.
Whanganui community protest against retailers selling legal highs
A protest took place in Whanganui this morning trying to ban legal highs from the city. Ken Mair is at the heart of it and claims he has been talking to three retailers asking them why they are stocking the legal highs. Whanganui is one of many NZ towns who are against the selling of legal highs and they want retailers who sell it in the community to stop doing so.
South Canterbury rugby players face rape allegation
Players and management from the South Canterbury rugby team say they're "devastated" as police investigate an allegation several team members raped a young woman early on Sunday morning.
Minister announces four Christchurch schools to merge
Education Minister Hekia Parata has confirmed a proposal to merge four colleges in the eastern suburbs of Christchurch, but they've got a few years to prepare themselves for the move. Aranui High School, Aranui School, Avondale School and Wainoni School in Christchurch will close at the end of January 2017 and will be moved into a new community campus.
Rare whalebone flute returned to NZ, put on auction
A rare 18th-19th Century carved whalebone flute has come back to NZ after almost 170 years. It's believed the traditional Māori musical instrument has not been played during that time either and soon the treasure will be up for auction.
Support pulled for controversial RMA reform
The National-led government's controversial plans to reform the RMA have hit the skids with support partners United Future and the Māori Party pulling their support. While both parties support speeding up resource consents, they oppose changes to remove emphasis on the maintenance and enhancement of the quality of the environment.
MaiBiz inspires youth into business
MaiBiz is a programme aimed at getting more Māori youth into the business world. It’s funded by Māori Womens Development Inc. (MWDI) and the programme stretches to secondary schools across the nation with a high Māori roll.