Gisborne embraces te reo Māori
It already boasts the highest population of te reo Māori speakers, and was even dubbed the home of the Māori language by the chief statistician, but Gisborne is taking the next step in normalising te reo Māori by becoming the first official bilingual district with bilingual signage.
Māori political parties cautioned to take care
Political analyst Ranginui Walker says the latest One News Colmar Brunton poll shows Labour has a lot of work to do if they are to gain support from Māori voters. Māori political parties also need to be careful about their next moves and the people they choose to work with.
Council worker pleads guilty to lawnmower death
The 72-year-old council worker charged in relation to the death of a 4-year-old boy last year has pleaded guilty to a charge of dangerous driving causing death. Uetaha Dahtanian Ransfield-Wanoa was run over by a council operated lawnmower when he was playing in a Hastings park. The Hastings District Council employee appeared in the Napier District Court this morning. He will be sentenced on July 11.
Greens announce house warming scheme
The Green Party will make a $327 million investment in warming up New Zealand homes, including a special fund of $25 million for Christchurch homes to be built back smarter and warmer, the Green Party announced today.
Māori resentment of Asian immigrants deepens, survey
A new Asia NZ foundation survey has revealed a deepening resentment from Māori towards Asian immigrants. The survey tracked the responses of New Zealanders towards the Asian population and found that Kiwis have become more positive towards Asians whereas Māori have become more negative.
Māori Party finalises its candidates
The Māori Party has announced all their candidates for the Māori electorates, including Te Tai Tokerau. Rev Te Hira Paenga will contest the seat up against Hone Harawira from the Mana Party and Kelvin Davis for Labour; however, it's not the first time the young candidate has run for the party, as Peata Melbourne reports.
Te Arawa representation on council debated
With a population of just over 23,400, the Rotorua region has the fourth highest Māori population out of all the 67 districts throughout Aotearoa, So forming a new board or council to replace the Te Arawa Standing Committee has seen hot on the agenda at a hui held in Te Arawa yesterday.
Ihumatao photographer chosen to present at symposium
Qiane Matata-Sipu is a young Māori photographer who has been selected to present her collection at the Talking Culture Symposium alongside world renowned photographers, Chris Rainier, Wayne Quilliam and Ans Westra. The symposium is part of the Auckland Festival of Photography, and Matata-Sipu will be presenting her photographic documentary ‘Ihumatao’, which depicts life at her home of Ihumatao Pā.
Men urged to be proactive in wellbeing
It's Men's Health Week, and the message to men is to be proactive about their wellbeing to prevent health problems further down the track. Māori men have high rates of stroke, testicular cancer, heart problems and depression than women.