Ture Whenua reform proposes to cut rates arrears on unused Māori land
Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell is calling for councils to exempt Māori land from rates arrears. In his Māori land reform bill, the minister wants the local council to write off rates if owners come up with a plan for future use. He also says rates shouldn't be imposed if there's little prospect of the land ever being used.
Tainui parliament changes name to Te Whakakitenga o Waikato
Waikato Tainui has implemented big changes to its governance structure. Numbers have been reduced, taking legal action has been ruled out, and a change of name has been declared.
‘Rotorua’s drop in beneficiary numbers doesn’t equal employment’
While benefit numbers are down in Rotorua the people’s union and budget advisers say it does not always mean it's because of employment,
Harataunga Marae locked down as AOS called in to Kennedy Bay
Harataunga Marae, in the Coromandel has been in lockdown for much of the day after reports of an apparent gun battle. A spokeswoman from the remote marae in Kennedy Bay said people had been seen with guns in streets near the marae and it was placed in lockdown mid-morning.
‘Wanganui’ schools correct name
More schools in Whanganui are adopting the letter ‘h’ into their name. In November last year, an official ruling by the Land Information Minister meant that the city’s name must now be spelled with an 'h'.
Sevens: All Blacks Sevens snatch series win in Sydney
The All Blacks Sevens have done it again. They've snatched another last minute victory in a final, this time against the Aussies in their own backyard, and it was once again the sensational Ione brothers to the fore.
Nines: Eels triumph, Kiwi Ferns beat Australia in series decider
The Warriors may have fallen to the unfancied Parramatta Eels in the Auckland Nines final, but our women were able to salvage some pride from the weekend when they defeated their Australian counterparts, the Jillaroos in a series decider.