Bleak unemployment figures attributed to work shortage
The country's unemployment rate reached a 13-year high of 7.3% in the September quarter. In Auckland alone, 8.6% of the population is without a job. While Māori unemployment sits at more than 15% across the country. But many say the figures are more of a reflection of the shortage of work rather than not wanting to work.
Oldest kōhanga in the country to close down, reopen as ECE
Te Kōhanga Reo o Pukeatua in Wainuiomata is to close next month and re-open as an independent centre in the New Year under auspices of Te Atiawa Nui Tonu. Pukeatua is the first kōhanga reo established in 1982. They have also just recently lost one of their co-founders, Jean Puketapu.
Super-Nannies help vulnerable families in Manurewa
A group of super-nannies and women in Manurewa have been helping vulnerable Māori families in the area under a new initiative called Oranga Whānau. Raiha Johns followed them on a visit.
High-profile Māori lawyer farewelled
The funeral of renowned Tūwharetoa lawyer Greg King was attended by hundreds today at St Paul’s Cathedral in Wellington.
Waiariki Institute of Technology finalist in Māori language awards
It’s a first for the Waiariki Institute of Technology – they’re finalists in Te Taura Whiri’s annual Māori language awards. According to Keith Ikin, Deputy Chief Executive of the institute, it’s a special achievement.
Literacy, numeracy skills prove too much for some police recruits
Despite efforts from NZ Police to recruit more Māori in to the Force over the last year, nothing can prepare them for the reality of Police College. Enduring physical, emotional and mental tests that are faced by recruits over an eighteen week period proved just too much for some, with literacy and numeracy being their biggest demons.
Crown wraps up case against Loffley
The Crown case has wrapped up against the man they say murdered Auckland toddler Baby JJ. Final evidence shown to the jury shows Joel Loffley interviewed by police moments after his arrest. The trial continues into its third week on Monday with both sides summing up.
Kōhanga kids prepare for royal visit
The Fielding community is gearing up for the royal visit by Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, who are here to celebrate the Queen’s 60 years on the throne. Amongst the hundred who turned up to practice their part in welcoming the royals to Fielding were local kōhanga reo kids from Hapaitia.
Tumamao Harawira: Fitness essential for Weepu and the Warriors
Our sports commentator, Tumamao Harawira, joins us to talk about sports matters including Piri Weepu’s fitness levels, Sky TV’s decision not to broadcast the All Blacks vs Canada game, Warriors new training regime and the FastNet World Netball Series.