Minimum wage increase still below the living wage, union
The Government is increasing the minimum hourly wage. Unions welcome an increase but they say the minimum wage is well below the living wage - impacting on Māori participation in cultural affairs.
Te Reo Māori Bill delayed at select committee stage
The Māori Language Bill has been delayed at select committee stage by the Minister of Māori Development agreeing that the bill needs more work and time to do this. Labour says it’s a step in the right direction and says there are some major areas of the bill that need more clarity.
KKM principal says NZQA not catering to Māori students
Ngā Kura a Iwi o Aotearoa, which oversees 25 kura-ā-iwi, says that the status quo in which the NCEA Te Reo Māori and Te Reo Rangatira examinations have the same weighting are unfair to the students undertaking the more advanced Te Reo Rangatira course, a view also shared by Kura Kaupapa Māori around the country.
Kōhanga Reo to consult whānau on new governance structure
The Kōhanga Reo National Trust Board will begin consulting with whānau next month about a new governance structure. The revelation was made after Ministers Hekia Parata and Te Ururoa Flavell met with the board last night. The Education Minister told the trust the Government needs to see more transparency and representative governance.
Mum stays true to daughter’s name Isis
A mother from Rotorua says the name of her daughter, Isis, has become tarnished by the atrocious acts of the terrorist group known as ISIS. But regardless of the recent connotations, she won’t change her name.
Bishop suspended over offensive remarks
The leader of the Anglican diocese in Te Waipounamu has been suspended. Bishop John Gray was caught up in trouble last month when he denigrated members of the Jewish and Muslim communities. The Archbishops of the Church suspended Bishop Gray from his office as Bishop of Te Waipounamu until investigations into complaints are done.
Protest against Ports of Auckland expansion plan
A protest was held today against Ports of Auckland’s plans to expand the Bledisloe Wharf. Heart of the City, Ngāti Whātua o Ōrakei, Urban Auckland and other small community groups oppose the move and went out today to make their collective voice heard.
Selwyn Parata appointed iwi rūnanga chair
Selwyn Parata has been appointed chair of Te Rūnanganui o Ngāti Porou. The board met and agreed that Parata was the right person for the position and that Rei Kohere be appointed deputy chair. This is the first time the board had met since the death of the last chairperson, Apirana Mahuika earlier this month.
Kōpara ki Te Matatini: Te Pikikōtuku o Rongomai
Not only is Te Pikikōtuku o Rongomai of Te Arawa are debuting at this year’s festival but they're also an iwi kapa haka which has become a rarity at Te Matatini. The couple who lead the team are former members of one of the country’s top teams.