Miss World NZ ‘no Matatini performer’ but respects Māori culture
A haka by Miss New Zealand has garnered supporters and critics alike on social media. Deborah Lambie’s haka performance in the talent section of the Miss World competition in Sanya, Hainan Island, has polarised the public here at home.
Rotorua charities gear up to feed hundreds for Christmas
The Rotorua community has come together in preparation for the city’s largest Christmas lunch. Hundreds of people from all backgrounds will be catered for. Manawa Wright met up with some of the movers and shakers of this huge charitable event.
Northland man jailed over tax evasion
Timothy Vivian Meredith has been jailed for tax evasion totalling nearly $500,000. Skilled in accounting and IT, he has been sentenced to three and a half years.
Inquiry clears Northland trust board of fraud
A ministerial investigation into the affairs of Te Aupōuri Māori Trust Board has found no evidence of fraud or mismanagement.
Wānanga attempts to recover thousands from ‘whaling’ scam
Te Wānanga o Aotearoa is attempting to recover thousands after it was caught up in an email ‘whaling’ scam targeting large corporations. Its executive director of finance, Bronwyn Koroheke, mistakenly transferred over $100,000 to an offshore account after receiving an email which appeared to be from the tertiary institution’s chief executive, Jim Mather.
Waikato police adopt marae-based drink driving programme
The festive season has arrived and celebrations are rife, but with that too the increased risk of drink-driving. Waikato police this year have taken on an initiative established in Rotorua to help curb the drink-drive habits of a few with a six month long intervention programme.
Science academy to foster future Māori scientists
Massey University is preparing to launch the first science academy of its kind in New Zealand next year. The Massey Science Academy - Pūhoro will took to develop the skills of Māori secondary school students, right through to tertiary studies and the workforce.
Last minute Christmas shoppers keep retailers busy
With only days until Christmas, the mad rush to finish off the shopping has hit in most parts of the country. We sent Tamati Rimene-Sproat out to see how shoppers are getting on and how shopping centres are dealing with the final surge.