Ngāti Porou Pā Wars to go ahead
After some controversy, Pā Wars, the Ngāti Porou tribal competition, will go ahead. Te Aitanga a Hauiti pulled out of hosting the event after clashing with Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Porou over the recruitment of a new CEO for the tribal authority. While the fight to stage Pā Wars has been won, the battle isn't over.
Police urge people to care for families and friends
Police say alcohol fuelled incidents increase during the holiday season leading to more violence and disorder. In the lead up to New Year’s Eve, they're warning people to take care of friends and family before they have to intervene.
Record numbers spend up at Tainui-owned shopping mall
There have been a record numbers of shoppers spending up large in Waikato. In the days leading up to Christmas some 30,000 shoppers spent around $700,000 at Te Awa, at The Base in Hamilton, which is owned by Tainui Group Holdings. And today is expected to be just as busy with Boxing Day sales.
Māori business makes profit from peacocks
Marewa Karetai of Ngāi Tahu has an online business with a difference. She sells peacock and other feathers around the world. Her Whakatane-based company has also proved environmentally friendly, ridding Bay of Plenty farmers of the birds they consider as pests.
Toddler killed in driveway named
Police have named the toddler who died after being struck down by a car on Christmas Eve near Taupo. He was three-year-old Te Haeata Pitiroi. A woman was driving down a shared driveway on Te Mako Mako Lane at Hatepe, when her car hit the boy.
Summer-themed Boxing Day race defies rain
The weather was a bit soggy, but the Boxing Day Races at Ellerslie today still went ahead with a summer theme. The Ellerslie Racecourse set up an artificial beach, a fashion show as well as champagne and seafood. But the real highlight was the racing.
Social support services swamped with the needy
Social support services say they were barely able to keep up with the need for help this year, and they don't expect future demand to lessen. Women's Refuge answered three times the number of calls it is funded for. It is funded for 29,000 crisis calls and 2,500 personal visits to women, but made 10 times that number. The Salvation Army is in a similar situation. City Missions in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch also say requests for food parcels have been unrelenting.
Australia-bound families need to be better prepared
Higher wages and better opportunities have lured many Māori to Australia. But a manager of a social services organisation says she's dealing with many Māori families who're been ill-prepared for life across the ditch.