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Rähina 25 Pipiri 2012

Published: 5:10PM Monday June 25, 2012

Asset Sales expected to be passed tomorrow
Legislation paving the way for our state assets to be partially sold is expected to pass its final stage tomorrow. Mighty River Power is the first of four power companies to be partially privatised. Opposition parties are refusing to give in, vowing to fight to the bitter end.

Last Maori Battalion company commander dies
The last surviving company commander from the 28th Maori Battalion of World War II, Hone Hikitia Te Rangi Waititi (Ngati Porou, Te Whanau a Apanui), has died. Also known as John the Major, he was a man of few words. He will be taken to Wairuru Marae, Waihau, before heading to Kauaetangohia Marae, Whangaparaoa. He will be buried on Thursday.

Tamaki Makaurau Senior Kapa Haka Regionals 2012
The Auckland Kapa Haka Regionals were held over the weekend with four teams going through to the nationals. One of the surprises being Te Roopu Manutaki missing out on a spot to Te Matatini for the first time in their history. The newest team in the competition, Te Toka Tu Manawa finished in fourth place, booking their ticket to Te Arawa in 2013.

Here are the results:
1st place: Waka Huia
2nd place: Nga Tumanako
3rd place: Manu Huia
4th place: Te Toka Tu Manawa

West Coast Maori raise fresh mining concerns
Maori from the West of the South Island are concerned about mineral exploration in their region. The government says the explorations will start on reserve land which has residents reeling.

There's some benefit to mining, says Labour's Shane Jones
We talk to Labour MP Shane Jones about some of today's political issues including his opinion on mining and Labour's stance on asset sales.

Occupation turns away DOC fence
In their bid to remain on the land, the McLean family have turned away a DOC worker who was meant to build a fence around their land. The family has been evicted from their home by the Department of Conservation who manages the land. But they say it's an attempt to get them off of what they say is stolen Maori land in the Coromandel.

Sailor's body to return home tomorrow
According to the family of William Paratene Delamere, his body will arrive in Auckland tomorrow afternoon. 22-year-old sailor Delamere was stationed on the HMNZS Otago. He died soon after a motor scooter collision in Rarotonga last week. Delamere's funeral will be held at his marae of Whitianga.

Whanau could miss tamariki at kapa haka nationals
Secondary school haka groups from all over the country are practicing for the national kapa haka competition to be held next month in Whangarei. One concern however is that families might miss out on seeing their kids perform due to the 800 tickets cap on each session.

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