New working party to consult kōhanga reo
A seven person working party has been established as a result of a weekend hui at Tūrangawaewae Marae. They will visit all kōhanga reo in NZ to flesh out what governance models they would like to see run the movement.
Pora released from prison
Teina Pora has been released from prison after being granted parole last month. He served 21 years in prison for the murder of Susan Burdett. Pora is appealing his conviction to the Privy Council later this year.
Ngāi Tahu warmly welcomes royal couple
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Catherine, were welcomed with a short pōwhiri today in Christchurch. Iwi members who got a chance to get up close and personal with the couple were in awe of their regal visitors, with Duchess Catherine proving to be very popular among the public.
Mana-Dotcom alliance attracts dissention
The Mana Dotcom alliance has created some dissention among the ranks with some saying it would be the end and downfall of the Mana Party. However, Māori ICT expert Karaitiana Taiuru says that the alliance could prove beneficial for Mana.
Kim Dotcom presents at Mana AGM
An alliance between Mana and Kim Dotcom's Internet Party is looking more likely than ever after healthy discussions at Mana's AGM held in Rotorua on the weekend. Dotcom says he has a lot more to learn about his potential allies, however, the mood at the meeting over the weekend was positive.
Muriwhenua first time haka champs of Tai Tokerau regionals
It was a first time win for Muriwhenua at the Tai Tokerau kapa haka regionals in Whangarei. They'll be joined by three other Northland groups, Hokianga, Hatea and Te Puao, at next year’s Te Matatini in Christchurch. Tai Tokerau is definitely a region to watch out for at next year’s national competitions.
Ngā Manu a Tāne take out Waitaha kapa haka comps
Waitaha also held their kapa haka regionals on the weekend and it saw Ngā Manu ā Tāne crowned champions. Now they’ll be representing the rohe alongside Te Ahikōmau a Hamoterangi and Te Pao a Tahu.
Weepu returns to Blues training
Piri Weepu is back on the rugby field after suffering a stroke six weeks ago. The Blues halfback told reporters today he was felled when told he'd had a mini stroke and a hole in his heart. But after minor heart surgery and specialist meetings he's been given the green light.