Shares will be offered to iwi yet to settle claims
The Government will push ahead with its plans to offer shares in partially floated state assets to iwi in treaty settlements. It had floated the idea as a preferred option earlier this year before the controversy over water rights and the partial sale of Mighty River Power. Finance Minister Bill English says under the policy, iwi yet to settle claims can choose to receive part of their settlement on account in the form of state asset shares.
Harawira pleads ‘kāore i hara’ to charge
Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira has pleaded not guilty to a charge of failing to remove a vehicle. The Mana Party leader appeared in the Auckland District Court after being arrested last week at a Housing NZ protest in Glen Innes. He also says he’s representing himself in order to win his case.
Whānau full of high-achievers celebrates latest graduation
The youngest child of kapa haka advocate Te Rita Papesch has just graduated at Waikato University. This isn’t just any normal achievement because with her daughter’s graduation means all seven of Papesch’s children have degrees. Counting Papesch herself makes eight and if you include in-laws, then that’s a well-educated family.
Over half of NZ rivers not fit for swimming
More than half the rivers in NZ aren’t swimmable due to poor water quality from farm run off. Raiha Johns went to Kaituna River in Rotorua to see what local environmental advocate Kiri Danielle had to say about it.
Court rejects second attempt to overturn Crafar sale
The Supreme Court has rejected a second attempt by two Maori Trusts to overturn the sale of the Crafar Farms to Chinese buyer, Shanghai Pengxin. The Tiroa E and Te Hape B Trusts were part of a bidding group led by millionaire Michael Fay that was the under-bidder for the North Island farms being sold by receivers. The sale has been approved by the Overseas Investment Office and the Court of Appeal has already rejected an appeal by Fay and the Trusts to buy the 16 properties.
Council approval needed for headstone wording and design
A plan to guide future management of Porirua cemeteries will be given the rubber stamp today. The plan will guide the future design and wording on headstones among other things.
Rally for child poverty at Parliament
Today is International Poverty Day and it’s not only being used to highlight the issue, but also how it affects children in NZ. The Green Party has called a rally in Wellington. Party supporters turned up to Parliament today calling for political action to stop child poverty.
Waitangi Tribunal member refutes support claim
In response to our story from yesterday, Professor Pou Temara says he did not express his support for the court action being taken by the Māori Council.
Increasing numbers of Hep B, C cases amongst Māori women
Hepatitis B and C are the leading causes of liver cancer and a radical improvement in dealing with the epidemic is needed in Australia and NZ. Mera Penehira is researching this topic as part of her doctorate studies. Earlier today we spoke to her about the increase of Hepatitis C among Māori women.
Parekura Horomia talks politics
Labour MP Parekura Horomia talks to us about current political issues including the Government’s announcement on giving shares to iwi yet to settle their claims; and the pending Kōhanga Reo report.
Gibson quits the Crusaders
Former All Black Daryl Gibson has quit as the assistant coach for the Crusaders. Gibson had spent four years at the rugby franchise and it appears his decision follows some restructuring in the coaching roles for next season. He will now concentrate on his role as assistant coach for the Māori All Blacks’ rugby tour to the UK in November.