Waitangi Tribunal claimants challenge TPP
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is being challenged by Māori claimants at the Waitangi Tribunal this week. The free trade agreement that involves 12 Pacific Rim countries was signed in Auckland last month, and although the Government's followed that up with an information roadshow, Māori claimants say it’s too little too late.
Tribunal to hear claims against Corrections
The Waitangi Tribunal has agreed to an urgent hearing on the discrimination of Māori in the justice system. Māori advocates and lawyers are taking a case to the tribunal saying the justice system is failing to address the continuing high number of Māori in NZ prisons.
Mt Eden prison death puts spotlight on effective monitoring
Prisons are at the centre of attention following a recent apparent suicide of an inmate while being held at Mt Eden. There have been eight unnatural deaths in custody during the last year and questions are now being raised about effective prison monitoring.
Petition calls on Govt to set swimmable freshwater standards
A petition is currently being prepared to be taken to Parliament House to get the Government to increase water level quality targets of the country's waterways to swimmable. Currently more than 10,000 individuals have signed the petition. Among them include students from Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Whakarewa i te Reo ki Tūwharetoa.
Whānau grapple with inefficient Kainga Whenua loan process
The Kainga Whenua loan scheme was created to make building a home on Māori land easier, but it's been an uphill battle for one East Coast whānau. Their experience has been a difficult journey of dealing with multiple agencies, but it's an ordeal that's paid off,
UK doctors urge secondary schools to ban tackling in rugby
Doctors and health experts in the UK are calling for a ban on tackling at school level rugby. They are warning that there is a high risk of serious injury for players under the age of 18 and that schools should move to touch instead of tackle. With the growing concerns of concussion and other brain related injuries among rugby players here in NZ. Tamati Rimene-Sproat explores if this solution could ever be implemented in NZ schools.