Maori wade into battle over water
Maori have waded in to the battle to prevent the government selling off a stake in the country's four state owned power companies. Maori leaders have launched a legal challenge to the Waitangi Tribunal in Wellington, over the ownership of water rights and geothermal assets. Around 200 people from around the country attended the opening day of the hearing.
Statutory Board to lodge submission against bill that
The Independent Maori Statutory Board held a meeting today to discuss a number of issues - one being the local government act which allows the board to operate and for which the board have agreed to lodge a submission against.
Maori sisters in NZ Black Sticks women's team
The NZ Black Sticks women's hockey team are heading overseas to train for the Olympics. There are eight Maori players in the team including two sisters, Sam and Charlotte Harrison of Ngapuhi.
Car crash victims' were returning from tangi
Tangi preparations are underway for a father of six who was killed along with his nephew in a head on car crash near Whakatane. Katiana Kereopa was returning from his aunt's tangi with his nephew Turuki Kereopa on Saturday morning when they collided with the vehicle belonging to their cousin Tom Kupa. Mr. Kupa is in a serious but stable condition at Tauranga hospital.
Sonny Bill Williams heading off shore
Sonny Bill Williams is off to play rugby in Japan next year. He's confirmed he's going to Japan to play for the rugby club Panasonic Wild Knights. Williams says he hopes to return to New Zealand to play for the All Blacks but isn't confident he would win his spot back.
Former rugby league star fined for assault
Former rugby league star Tawera Nikau has been fined $250 for assaulting his estranged daughter in February. Nikau was found guilty of grabbing his daughter, Heaven-Leigh Nikau, tightly by the throat and dragging her to the footpath in a street altercation. Nikau's lawyer will appeal the conviction and the sentence.
Further $1 million funding for Maori trades
The Government is injecting another $1 million into Maori trades training in Christchurch. The Minister of Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, Steven Joyce announced today that the money will go towards funding He Toki ki te Rika trades initiative.