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Rāapa 27 Poutū-te-rangi 2013

Published: 10:17PM Wednesday March 27, 2013

  • Forestry worker killed near Lake Rotoiti
    Forestry worker killed near Lake Rotoiti

Forestry worker killed near Lake Rotoiti

Bay of Plenty forestry workers are reeling after a fatal accident their co-worker and friend, Robert Arapeta Epapara (23), was struck and killed by a falling tree. A special karakia was held where the man died at Hauparu Bay near Lake Rotoiti. Our Waiariki reporter Kereama Wright was at the scene.

Te Māngai Pāho calls for broadcasters to raise quality of Te Reo

Te Māngai Pāho (Māori Broadcasting Funding Agency) wants broadcasters to focus on the quality of the reo while they contemplate funding shows like the GC with minimal language content.

Hone Harawira travels to Christchurch

Te Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira has been out and about in Christchurch today highlighting social issues that are affecting the community. Although Christchurch is far from his own electorate he says people everywhere are in need of help.

Police still searching for driver of blue vehicle

The search for clues continues police are adamant the answer to who killed George Taiaroa lies within the community. The road worker was gunned down while operating a stop-go sign on Tram Road near Tokoroa last week. Checkpoints were put up yesterday around the area, where police checked more than a thousand cars. Police have identified more witnesses to the fatal shooting however Detective Inspector Tim Anderson says police are still looking for the driver of a blue Jeep Cherokee. He says someone in the community must know the person who was driving the vehicle.

Shane Jones: The Return of Labour’s Lazarus

The office of the Auditor-General was brought in to explain the report on Shane Jones' allegations of misconduct in granting Bill Liu, also known as Yong Min Yang, NZ residency. Shane Jones was estranged from his party under a cloud of allegations of misconduct in allowing Bill Liu into the country. Although the contents of the report remain private, he's been cleared of all blame, although Winston Peters is of another opinion.

Final decision for 12 Christchurch schools

The Education Minister Hekia Parata has announced that 12 Christchurch schools now have final decisions and 17 schools have interim decisions to close or merge.  The minister still wants one of the region's two Kura Kaupapa to relocate north of Christchurch, the kura have until tomorrow to provide feedback to the ministry around which kura should move.

Parekura Horomia: No benefit for iwi in forestry

The death of forestry worker Robert Epapara raises questions about the safety standards of the forestry industry. It's the third death this year including 19-year-old Eramyha Eruera Pairama who died in January. Forestry is one of the major industries on the East Coast so we talk to Ikaroa Rawhiti MP Parekura Horomia about the impact the industry has on the region, as well as other current political issues.

Māori taonga auction: Kahu kiwi sells for $40,000

If you watched the story about the auctioning of taonga Māori yesterday, we have an update on what some of the pieces sold for. Although the auction house estimated the kahu kiwi would go for $80,000, it sold for $40,000.  The photo of Tahupotiki Wiremu Ratana on his visit to Japan sold for $530 and the taiaha for $8000.

Concerns over increase of under aged sex workers

ECPAT Child Alert NZ is deeply concerned at reports of an increase in the number under aged sex workers in South Auckland and calls for increased protection of the young men and women involved. All children need to be safeguarded from being exploited in this way. ECPAT Child Alert's research has shown that commercial sexual activity involving children occurs across the country; in rural areas, towns and cities.