England fans called to learn the ‘Hakarena’
The English are at it again. A menswear retailer is cashing in on Rugby World Cup fever by creating a spoof of the All Blacks’ haka. 'Led' by former England captain Matt Dawson, they call this effort the Hakarena.
Māori Land Court judges raise concerns over Te Ture Whenua reforms
Take heed of those in the know. That's the advice being directed to the Minister of Māori Development regarding his Māori land reform agenda. A leaked paper penned collectively by Māori Land Court judges expresses a number of concerns about the proposed Māori land law.
Child sex offender register needs an informed community
The Child Sex Offender Register Bill has passed its first reading in Parliament. The bill sets out to decrease reoffending against victims, and sexual violence prevention service spokesman Renata Toetoe says he supports the register as long as the community are well informed.
Māori expert diver believes Rena should be left on the Astrolabe Reef
An expert diver believes the Rena wreckage should be left on the Astrolabe Reef. Joe Te Kowhai of Te Arawa says moving it could make the environment worse than it is. This comes as the hearing on the fate of the wreckage enters its eighth day in Tauranga.
Mental health patient claims he was shunned by DHB
A mental health patient has called for more attention and care for those contemplating suicide. Jason Takerei says he contacted the Bay of Plenty District Health Board for help, but after three weeks in care he was discharged and his continued pleas for support went unheard.
Kura to realise its longstanding dream
A kura kaupapa Māori in Hawke’s Bay have been able to achieve a longstanding dream to be able to provide its students a full education through the medium of te reo Māori. The Ministry of Education has agreed for a wharekura to be established under the auspices of Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Wānanga Tapere o Takitimu.
Hawaiian exchange student says Māori immersion experience invaluable
In an effort to learn new ways of reviving her own native language, one Hawaiian exchange student came to Aotearoa to learn te reo Māori at the University of Waikato. It was an experience that opened her eyes to the value of immersive learning.