Five years on from the Chch quake we look five years ahead
Christchurch continues to rebuild itself five years on from the quake that brought it to the ground. The city now hosts brand new buildings and the Government is continuing to invest in the rebuild through paying for brand new buses for public transport. Local hapū Ngāi Tūahuriri seek to be involved in the rebuild through the building of new homes and erecting a brand new marae as Māori who left the city are now starting to move back. New amenities such as schools continue to be built.
Fiji to receive in excess of $2 million of emergency aid from New Zealand
Foreign Affairs Minister, Muray McCully has just announced a defence force plane has flown to Fiji to assist communities over there. New Zealand is ready to respond and is providing relief to the island of Fiji as the country assesses the damage caused by Cyclone Winston. An NZ defence force plane captured these images of some of the destruction caused to villages to help Fiji assess the widespread damage. More than $2 million has been made available to respond to urgent requests from the Fiji Government. Many homes have been destroyed and the clean-up will take some time. Up to ten people have been reported dead however that number could rise as searchers are still unable to reach some areas. Flights in and out of the country have resumed.
Scepticism over Australian PM's announcement on a special pathway for NZ citizens to receive Australian citizenship
While many Māori living in Australia welcome Prime Minister Turnbull's announcement for New Zealanders to gain Australian citizenship - some remain sceptical. From July 1 next year, New Zealanders who arrived across the Tasman between February 2001 and February 2016 will be eligible for permanent residence, then citizenship, if they meet certain criteria. Our reporter Eruera Rerekura spoke to two Māori leaders in Australia about the announcement.
AFFCO workers to return to work
160 AFFCO workers will return back to work today following a five month long unlawful lock-out by the Wairoa Plant. The workers refused individual contracts handed out by the company last year. A court decision ruled AFFCO breached its good faith obligations during contract negotiations. AFFCO has told media that they are 'very happy' to have the workers back today who have been reinstated on terms through a collective agreement. While the company maintains they have not been debilitated by the ordeal, the workers and their families admit they have both financially - and emotionally. AFFCO has appealed the court’s decision, and a hearing has been set for next month.
No Pride In Prisons fighting for rights of transgender and LGBT people in prison
No Pride In Prisons. That's the name of the group fighting for transgender rights in prisons. They criticised the inclusion of Justice Minister Judith Collins in the pride parade as a publicity stunt, and held a protest to garner more support for the plight of the incarcerated transgender community.
Breakers head into finals playoff for the sixth time in five years
There’s growing excitement among the Breakers as they head into the NBL finals playoffs for the sixth time in five years. Assistant coach Paul Henare says past experience will guide the team however it won’t be until Friday when they find out who they are facing.
Documentary film maker hopes to forge indigenous solidarity between Māori and West Papuans
A short film was released this weekend in an attempt to create solidarity between Māori and the indigenous people of West Papua. Tere Harrison’s film tells the story about the plight of the Melanesian people under Indonesian rule. She hopes the film will build solidarity between West Papuans and Māori.