Mum questions police use of pepper spray
A routine traffic stop in Whakatāne resulted with a 10-year-old in hospital recovering from being pepper sprayed as a car passenger by police. Police said Jack Kira was aggressive and violent and this would not have occurred had the man complied with the request of the officer.
Over four decades of te reo Māori celebrated
Yesterday, the 40th anniversary of the land march was commemorated, and today, another important Māori milestone was marked. 43 years ago the Māori language petition was presented to Parliament, so in tribute to those who lobbied government to recognise Māori language more than four decades ago, today was declared as Māori Language Day.
No alarm bells yet despite decline in Rotorua lakes’ quality
A report by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council has indicated the water quality in a number of the region’s lakes has slightly declined in the past year. Despite the news, experts in the field say there’s no cause for concern just yet.
Police appeal for witnesses to Muriwai tragedy
Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed a fatal crash at Muriwai Beach that killed four men after their vehicle flipped and rolled. Police say it looks as though none of the men had been wearing seatbelts. Meanwhile, it's understood that the mana whenua of Muriwai will bless the site of the tragedy later on in the week.
Award-winning Māori principal on educating future leaders in Hawai’i
She’s an award-winning principal who’s responsible for the education of nearly two thousand students in Hawai’i. Sheena Alaiasa of Tūwharetoa speaks to Pere Wihongi about her passion for teaching and her recent appointment to Kamehameha Schools.
Taniwha takes out Best Song Award at Pacifica Beats
An all-girl band from West Auckland's Te Wharekura o Hoani Waititi Marae is making waves after winning two awards at this year's national Smokefree Pacifica Beats competition. One of the awards was for best song, which they wrote and performed solely in te reo Māori. Oriini Tipene-Leach caught up with the band known as Taniwha.