School needs more than money to stay open
The Minister of Education Hekia Parata's interim decision to close Turakina Māori Girls' College remains. In a statement today she has given the school another three weeks for consultation. But the expectations may be too much for the school and its proprietors to fulfil.
Senior hostel at Hato Petera faces possible closure
Te Whānau o Hāto Petera Trust make call to keep Senior hostels open for the remainder of 2015, but the option to close them has not been ruled out. On Monday, Te Karere revealed that the junior hostel at Hato Petera had closed. The students have been billeted out in private homes. Dr Lance O’Sullivan, a board member, has conceded the senior hostel may face a similar fate.
Crown moves to block MLC Judges WAI2478 submission
The urgent Waitangi Tribunal hearing for the reforms of Te Ture Whenua Māori act took a turn today as the Crown moved to block the disclosure of the submission by Māori Land Court judges. Former Māori Land Court judge Sir Eddie Durie said full disclosure is necessary and this move by the Crown is very disappointing.
Minister says there must be unity before settlement
The Minister has told them there must be unity before a settlement can be achieved. Tūhononuku has appointed a new chair - Hone Sadler - in an attempt to get settlement negotiations for the country's biggest iwi back on track. However, ongoing unrest among Ngāpuhi hapū could jeopardise those hopes.
Grisly discovery of remains in hot pool
Investigations continue after a body was found in a hot spring at Kuirau Park in Rotorua yesterday. The body was spotted by a member of the public with Rotorua police and firefighters working together to retrieve the remains. Police confirm the deceased is from Rotorua.
Prince of Wales and Duchess Cornwall cordially invited to Tūrangawaewae Marae
King Tūheitia is to host the Prince of Wales and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, during their week-long tour of Aotearoa and Australia next month. It will be Camilla's first visit to Tūrangawaewae, but for Prince Charles, the next in line to the British throne, it'll be his second visit. The royal pōwhiri will start at 12pmon Sunday November 8. All are welcome to attend the historic event.
Welshman Nigel Owens to referee All Blacks vs France match in Cardiff
Welshman Nigel Owens will referee the All Blacks rugby world cup quarter final against France on Sunday. Wayne Barnes, who was in charge when New Zealand lost in 2007, will control the Wales - South Africa match. The All Blacks have completed their first full training session of the week in Swansea in which they practiced for over three hours. The team to face the French will be named tomorrow night.
Six60 nominated for several awards at VMAs
NZ's Music Awards celebrates its 50th year in 2015. And in this milestone year, a number of familiar Māori names have been named as finalists. Popular band Six60 which has a strong Māori influence has picked up a stack of nominations, totalling at seven across six different categories. The Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards will take place on Thursday, November 18 at Vector Arena, Auckland and will be hosted by Taika Waititi.