Post mortem completed for Rotorua fire victim
A post mortem of the teenage girl killed in a Rotorua factory fire yesterday has been completed, as the police investigation into the blaze continues. The owner of the factory said he evicted some teenagers from the building just two days before the party and replaced locks and keys to avoid unauthorised entry by anyone, but people found a way in for the party that later resulted in the death.
Māori conservationist Dame Nganeko Minhinnick honoured
Dame Nganeko Minhinnick has been recognised for services to Māori and conservation in this year's Queen’s Birthday awards. She is the Kaitaki of Ngati Te Ata, acting as the key iwi contact, and is secretary of Tahuna Marae trustees. Dame Nganeko was appointed to the New Zealand Conservation Authority in 2000, and has represented her iwi at the United Nations.
Māori feature in Queen’s Birthday honours
There are eight different honours awarded in recognition of an individual's service to the community and their country, and this year’s birthday honours recognises a number of Māori.
Wellington marae prepares for large Tūhoe contingent
Tūhoe and the Crown sign off on the iwi’s Deed of Settlement at Parliament tomorrow. It’s an event many Tūhoe want to witness and are making their way to Wellington to be part of it.
Ngāti Haka Patuheuheu submission rejected
As the signing looms a sub-tribe of Tūhoe has lost its bid to secure 10% of the Kaingaroa Forest. Representatives of Ngāti Haka Patuheuheu put their case to the Waitangi Tribunal in Wellington last week. The hapū says it was trying to reclaim the lands and resources that were originally under its guardianship, but the tribunal rejected its proposal.
Website launched as new cyber-waharoa for marae
A new website aims to be a cyber-gateway to marae around the country. It's taken five years to complete Māori Maps which was officially launched today. The site has photos and archival material of 98% of the country's marae. Co-creator Rereata Makiha says with new generations growing up away from their marae or overseas, the site will help them reconnect to their whakapapa.
Calls for nurses in needy primary schools
NZEI backs the Greens in their wish to have nurses stationed in the country's poorest primary schools. Their co-leader, Metiria Turei made the announcement at their AGM, commenting that if children are healthy, they will be more productive in their learning.
Carrington wins big in Europe
Lisa Carrington returns home armed with the knowledge that she's at the top of her game after a stellar campaign in Europe. The world and Olympic champion won five world cup titles out of six races, culminating in the K1 500 and 200m double at Poznan, Poland over the weekend.
All Blacks team selected to face France
Six new faces and a new captain were named Sunday in a 32-man All Blacks squad to face France as the selectors look to blend emerging talent with experience two years out from the next world cup. Among the new faces is Chiefs forward Ben Afeaki of Ngati Awa.