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Räapa 30 Haratua 2012

Published: 7:47PM Wednesday May 30, 2012

Haka and karanga resonated at Doha vigil
It was an emotional vigil in Doha, Qatar, for those who died in the shopping mall fire. A small group of expat kiwis were among the few who paid tribute through karanga and haka.

Tough choices means tough luck for teachers
The Minister of Education Hekia Parata is disputing comments stating that she's retracting on the Government's Education promises. The Minister is still standing by the decisions she has made to lift achievement levels even though Intermediate school members strongly disagree, saying they'll be the ones immensely affected. They were told the Government has had to make tough choices and they would likely be affected.

Pounamu a unique fusion of Maori lyrics and English rap
A new bilingual song titled Pounamu sings of a person's uniqueness and it's collaboration between Te Ahorangi Winitana and Sidney Diamond (formerly Young Sid). It's her first single and if the video is anything to go by, it's set to be a stunner.

Government are in breach on their own legal process, says iwi
Te Whanau a Apanui are pursuing a judicial review in the High Court to question the Government's actions to unilaterally grant the permit to Petrobras without iwi consultation and collaboration.

NZ child poverty is one of the worst in the developed world
While world leaders debate austerity measures and cuts to social spending, a new Unicef report released today shows the extent of child poverty and deprivation in the world's richest countries, including New Zealand.  It reveals that 30 million children - across 35 countries with developed economies - are living in poverty. New Zealand comes in at number 20 of 35 countries. We talk to new chair of Te Mana Ririki, Kuni Jenkins, about this report.

'Ghost chips' teen has billboard at former school
It's an ad that cautions against drinking and driving, and Darcey-Ray Flavell-Hudson of Ngati Rangiwewehi fronts it. The star of the popular drink-driving ad got to unveil his own billboard at his former school, Western Heights High School in Rotorua.