Royal visit prompts republic debate
Are we ready to cut ties with the Queen of England? The question of NZ becoming a republic has been raised again while Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall are in the country.
Te Arawa mourns passing of Rawiri Te Whare
Prominent elder Rawiri Te Whare of Ngati Tahu-Ngati Whaoa has died. He was instrumental in negotiating treaty settlements for his tribe as part of Te Pūmautanga o Te Arawa including half a billion dollars’ worth of forestry and assets under the CNI deal.
Māori designer to showcase at London Fashion Week
Kiri Nathan is a wife and mother to five kids. But it's Kiri's fashion designs that are proving a big hit and it's landed her with an invitation to show her line at London Fashion Week.
Loffley will not take stand in murder case
The man accused of murdering two year old JJ Lawrence will not be giving evidence. Defence lawyer Roger Chambers says he's been instructed by Joel Loffley not to call witnesses or put Loffley himself on the stand. Irena Smith was in court today for the closing stages of the three week trial.
Oil exploration disregarded by iwi lawyer
A Te Whānau a Apanui lawyer says her tribe has no interest in government's plans to consult iwi about oil and gas exploration. The government plans to allow companies to explore areas off the coast of Taranaki, Northland, Gisborne and Southland. Minister for Energy and Resources, Phil Heatley, says iwi, as potential future investors, need to be open to oil and gas exploration. But Dayle Takitimu believes the government will disregard any Māori views that don't fall in line with what it wants.
Finlayson passes, Parata fails in poll
Chris Finlayson has emerged as one of John Key's most valuable ministers in a NZ Herald poll. His achievements in treaty negotiations were praised including the resuscitation of the deal with Tūhoe in the wake of the Urewera raids. But the poll has given Hekia Parata the thumbs down as a cabinet minister. It says class sizes, the Christchurch schools merger-closure plan and the botched teacher pay system have caused lasting damage to her political credibility.
Māori lecturer recognised in tertiary awards
Auckland University lecturer Margaret Taurere has been recognised for her contribution to increase Māori participation in tertiary education. Tonight she will be presented with an award along with four other recipients in an inaugural ceremony that will be held in Wellington.
Korowai gifted by Kingi Korokī to return from China
A korowai from the collection of the National Museum of China has been brought home for a special exhibition commemorating 40-years of diplomatic relations between NZ and China. The cloak was originally presented to Chairman Mao Zedong on behalf of King Korokī, 55 years ago. We spoke to Paora Tibble of Te Papa Tongarewa about this special gift.