Axe-murder accused appears in court
At the Wellington High Court today, Retimana Te Korou Nicholls faced a number of charges which includes murder, for an alleged axe attack just before Christmas. His appearance only took half an hour before Judge Robert Dobson remanded him in custody and ordered a psychiatric report to be prepared.
Police name Gisborne drowning victim
Police have named the man who drowned off a Gisborne beach at the weekend, and also his younger brother who is presumed drowned. Paul Christopher Wakelin, 23, from Gisborne drowned after attempting to save his brother and a friend who became caught in a rip off Makarori Beach on Saturday. His brother, John Wakelin, 18, is still missing and is presumed drowned.
New ‘pā wānanga’ community school opens in Christchurch
It's back to school this week for around three quarters of a million school students, but in Christchurch, students at Te Pā o Rākaihautū will be starting at a brand new community school. Community schools are a key initiative of Education Minister Hekia Parata.
Minister committed to community schools
The Education Minister says schools wanting to participate in the community schools initiative need to be quick to signal their interest or be left to wait for next year. Hekia Parata says community schools are the new kura kaupapa Māori with similar learning methods.
Police launch Tikipunga homicide investigation
Police have launched a homicide investigation after an eruption of violence at a home in Tikipunga, near Whangarei, left a 25-year-old man dead. Police are conducting a forensic examination at the scene.
Proposed sewage treatment plant on Māori land divides community
A proposed deal signed for an industrial sewage treatment plant on Māori freehold land in Matata has divided the small seaside community. The issue goes before the Environment Court tomorrow.
MATES mentoring programme gets funding boost
A programme to help school students with the potential to succeed but at risk of underachieving is expanding out of Auckland to other parts of the country. The MATES mentoring programme pairs up school students with tertiary students, and its success has won it more funding to expand.
Basketball: Tai Wynyard signs with University of Kentucky
Last year he was the joint winner of the Māori Sportsman of the Year. Now young basketballer Tai Wynyard has made a significant step towards realising his NBA dream by being signed by the University of Kentucky.