Crown’s injustice to be addressed by Mokomoko’s Bill
Landmark legislation will be passed in the house restoring the character, mana and reputation of a man who was wrongfully executed by the Crown almost 150 years ago. Mokomoko of Whakatōhea, was pardoned for the murder of the missionary Carl Volkner. But his descendants insisted further action be taken to restore their family name.
Resources needed to improve police treatment of youth
A lawyer who works with youth at risk believes police need to clean up their act. A review by government agencies shows the number of youth held in police cells has almost trebled, and this could put lives at risk.
Wellington rallies to strategize homeless issue
Wellington has developed a new strategy to deal with the homeless in the city. More than a hundred community and government agencies provided input, including Māori.
Funding for Homeless Court set to run out at the end of the year
A specialised court for Auckland’s homeless people, which has reduced homelessness in the city, could close if it doesn't find more money. Auckland City Council and some government agencies share the cost of the service, but that funding runs out at the end of the year.
Youth detained too long in prison cells, says Horomia
Labour MP Parekura Horomia talks to us about current political issues including his thoughts on the Mokomoko Restoration Bill, alcohol reforms, police handling of youth and the fishing industry twenty years on from the Sealord’s Deal.
Prisoners undeterred by smoking ban
Inmates are finding inventive ways to getting around the smoking ban in prisons and the Department of Corrections admits its policy to help inmates quit isn't working.
Māori to give input on a NZ constitution
The Māori Party wants a constitution and one of Te Arawa’s leaders, Toby Curtis wants any constitution to guarantee Māori rights to own and develop natural resources. Activist lawyer Moana Jackson will meet with Te Arawa to discuss New Zealand’s constitution.
Fishing industry face challenge of sustainability
The Sealord Deal has catapulted Māori in to the largest group in NZ fisheries, controlling over a third of the industry. The former chair of the Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commission says sustainability will be a major challenge for the fishing industry for the next 20 years.