MOE orders independent inquiry into commissioners
A review has been ordered by the Minister of Education into the way interventions are managed in schools. The move is being welcomed by many who claim most affected schools are Māori, are already in strife, but are left to foot ridiculously high bills as a result of intervention.
MPs feed the kids ahead of bill’s first reading
Hone Harawira's Feed the Kids Bill will have its first reading in the house tonight, although it is not expected to pass. The Tai Tokerau MP says it’s all about getting the message out and making breakfast and lunch free for everyone who needs it, not just a few. To highlight the reading he invited a few kids to breakfast this morning.
Te Aute College given lifeline
Te Aute College has been given a second chance after coming close to closure. The school's trusteeship is to be taken over by St Johns College Trust Board to help restore financial strength to both colleges under the trusts’ care, Te Aute and Hukarere.
Ruatahuna beneficiaries impacted by travel to Rotorua WINZ
Beneficiaries living in Ruatahuna now have to report to Rotorua’s WINZ office. Previously they only had to travel the short distance to Murupara. Some of them now fear that if they’re unable to physically turn up to their appointments, their benefits will be cut.
Papali'itele Peter Fatialofa farewelled with tears and laughter
Plenty of tears and laughter echoed through the Manukau Vodafone Events Centre today, as rugby legend Papali’itele Peter “Fats” Fatialofa was farewelled. The Auckland and Manu Samoa player and coach died last week at the age of 54.
Willie Jackson steps down from Radio Waatea
Willie Jackson has stepped down from another radio station in wake of the Roast Busters issue. Jackson will no longer host Radio Waatea's Paakiwaha current affairs show and it's not known when he'll return. Two days ago Willie Jackson and John Tamihere both stood down from hosting their programme on RadioLIVE.
Super Council proposed for Northland
Northland’s four councils will merge into one super council with nine councillors elected from seven wards and a mayor to be elected by the district. The newly formed council will also have seven elected community boards and two Māori boards whose members will be appointed by iwi.
Council joins in Waiapu River restoration
The Gisborne District Council has just agreed to enter a 100 year agreement with the Crown and Te Rūnanganui o Ngāti Porou to restore the Waiapu River. Those at the forefront of efforts to restore the mauri of the Waiapu say it’s a long time coming.