Opposition takes Government to task over report findings
Opposition parties say the Government hasn’t done enough to address the real issues racing families and children. But the Prime Minister says while the Salvation Army report highlights some areas to work on there are also a lot of positives.
Māori language strategy scrutinised in second hui
The Government’s new Māori language strategy will fail if Māori do not start speaking Māori. The assertion was made at the second Māori strategy meeting in Rotorua.
Timoti Karetu: Why return the language to those who let it die?
The Government wants iwi to take control of Te Reo through the establishment of Te Mātāwai, but there are doubts over whether iwi are the best drivers of language revitalisation. Professor Tīmoti Karetū joined us to discuss this matter.
Ngāi Tahu hold karakia for orcas found stranded in Southland
Ngāi Tahu has held a special karakia for nine orca whales that stranded and died last night. Eight adults and one calf stranded themselves yesterday near Tuatapere in Southland.
72-year-old appears in court over lawnmower death
A 72-year-old man has been remanded at large after appearing in court this morning, charged in relation to a lawn mowing accident in Hastings last October that left a 4-year-old boy dead. The man is facing one charge of reckless driving causing death.
Plain packaging bill pass first reading
Associate Health Minister Tariana Turia's plain packaging bill will now go to select committee after passing its first reading in Parliament last night. The Government will make a decision pending the outcome of a court case between the Australian Government and tobacco giants there.