Police appeal for more information on family found in car crash
Police are appealing for information following a car crash near Tokoroa which claimed the lives of a family of five. The bodies of Lisa Crowley (23), her partner Richard Melling (37), and their three children, 11-year-old Jordan Melling, two-year-old Brody Crowley, and a three-week old boy, who police believe was yet to be named, were found in the wreckage. The family had last been seen near their home in Whakamaru on Sunday night.
Takamore’s mother comes out against court ruling
The mother of James Takamore is angry with the Supreme Court ruling that will see her son's remains disinterred and handed back to his wife. Denise Clarke wants her husband's reburial to happen soon, but Nehu Takamore says it will be without their blessing.
US company, Māori designer create Māori educational toy blocks
An American company has teamed up with the Māori creator of Māori alphabet building blocks. The set is being marketed as the first of its kind with the aim of taking Māori culture to toy boxes around the world.
Takamore case: Law vs Lore debate revisited
Can NZ law give appropriate consideration to Māori values? The Takamore family wanted the Supreme Court to recognise that Tūhoe custom allowed them to act as they did. But the Supreme Court said common law held sway and Denise Clarke had both the right and duty to decide where James Takamore's body should be buried.
Ministry of Education CEO resigns
There's been a controversial change at the top in the Education Ministry. CEO Lesley Longstone has resigned following a series of botch-ups and bad calls. Education Minister Hekia Parata didn't front up about the decision, and it was left to the State Services Commission to inform the public.
Water rights case seek funds from iwi
The Māori Council wants financial help from iwi for its Supreme Court case on Māori water rights. The council and the Waikato River and Dams Claims Trust want the government to delay its proposal to sell shareholdings in state assets including Mighty River Power until it has resolved Māori interests in water. Trying the case in the Supreme Court case could cost at least $250,000.
Rangatahi Court gets assessed
Since 2008, Rangatahi Courts have been held on marae around the country. The hearings assess how young Māori offenders are putting things right and turning their lives around. Now the Rangatahi Court itself has been assessed.
Waikato-Tainui in on carp ridding scheme
Waikato-Tainui is part of a ground-breaking scheme to rid waterways in the region of koi carp. The tribe is on the Waikato River Authority which is spending millions to deploy specially built fish traps to catch the fish, which are then processed to make fertilizer.