Tahu cold case: Murder accused appears in court
Menzies Reginal John Hallet (72) is pleading not guilty to the murder of Rodney Tahu in Turangi, in 1979. Hallet appeared before the judge at Rotorua’s High Court this morning with his plea. Tahu was shot outside of a Turangi petrol station. Kereama Wright was in court. And this afternoon Justice Duffy ruled the court was unable to find sufficient jury members.
Kura Kaupapa urged to stick with Te Aho Mātua
Kura kaupapa Māori are being urged to stay the course and reject National Standards in favour of the Māori designed framework Te Aho Matua. The Ministry of Education says non-compliance with National Standards is illegal, but the organisation representing Kura Kaupapa Māori told the Marae Investigates show they have contradictory legal advice from top lawyer Mai Chen. And as Peata Melbourne reports like Kōhanga Reo, the standoff between the MOE and Kura Kaupapa Māori could end up being battled out in the Waitangi Tribunal.
MTS CEO resigns for top wānanga job
The search begins for a new chief executive for Māori Television after the announcement of Jim Mather's resignation this morning. Mather is moving on to take up the top job at another high profile Māori organisation - Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. But as Rapaera Tawhai reports, while MTS staff are saddened at the news, hackles were raised amongst staff at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.
Iwi chair open to buying shares
Te Rūnanga o Te Rarawa chairperson Haami Piripi says any decision to invest in Mighty River Power shares would be for the benefit of the iwi, but it’s not something that has been decided on yet. Although they are open to the share investments, he says they are more focused on building and maintaining a good relationship with the Crown about matters that affect their rights to water.
Food banks in need of winter donations
Food banks are making a plea to their communities to give generously as the colder months approach. Demand on food bank services is greater than ever before, but as Raiha Johns discovered, the cupboards are bare.
Severe weather warnings in place
A severe weather warning remains in place across parts of the country after wild storms brought flooding, slips and even a tornado. Although farmers will pleased with the rain it seems it has all come too hard and fast for some regions. One of the worst hit was the Nelson-Tasman region and a few warnings have been put out to communities in the area.
AFL team to sport Māori designed jerseys
You'll be hard pressed to find a Māori playing Aussie Rules, but this Anzac Day a top franchise will be sporting Māori motifs on specially designed Guernsey’s. The new jerseys were designed for Melbourne club St Kilda by renowned artist Derek Lardelli and were timed to be worn on Anzac Day to commemorate the special relationship between NZ and Australian soldiers.