Te Taura Whiri tightens up practices
The Māori Language Commission says they are progressing on recommendations to tighten up practices. In 2010, it was found that the Commission overpaid its Chair and acting CEO. A number of other rules were broken under the Māori Language Act. We spoke to the Minister of Māori Affairs today, Irena Smith has his response.
Govt to consider Kōhanga Reo report
The Government is being urged to take heed of the Waitangi Tribunal's recommendations over Kōhanga Reo, to better fund the early language schools and to promote attendance among Māori families. The Tribunal also found the Crown breached the Treaty in the way it has treated Kōhanga Reo, effectively assimilating it into early-childhood education rather than treating it as a separate entity.
‘Kia Ora’ wanted as NZ’s national greeting
NZ Māori Tourism officials want 'Kia Ora' to become the country's national greeting. According to the group's executive, it's a warm and friendly welcome to greet visitors from overseas, and it's unique to Aotearoa.
Iwi provides its marae with new toilets
Marae in Tūwharetoa will receive new ablution blocks funded by the iwi’s Treaty claims. The Tūwharetoa Settlement Trust identified a number of marae in their region that would benefit from having the new facilities as part of the Trust’s marae development initiatives.
Changes to Police conduct could take a decade
Acting Police Commissioner, Viv Rickard says it will take up to ten years to implement changes in the way it deals with sexual assault cases and misconduct by officers. A third report on police progress since a commission of inquiry five years ago concludes the agency has only fully implemented seven of the 48 recommendations.
Company request to bottle more water rejected
An Auckland company has lost a bid to take more water from a Northland spring after objections by the Māori landowners. Zodiac Holdings Ltd applied to the Northland Regional Council to take 2500 cubic metres of water a day from the Poroti Springs, an increase of 1500 cubic metres on its current takings, for bottled water operations in Asia.
Māori Council files court papers, iwi fund
The Māori Council is sticking to its guns and will be filing court papers to the High Court in Wellington challenging the Government's decision to go ahead with the partial sale of state-owned power generators. Māori Council lawyer Donna Hall says the legal team has enough money to start the proceedings and is confident iwi represented by the Council will be able to fund the legal fight.
Junior Māori hockey player on the rise
The National Māori Hockey Tournament begins this afternoon in Rotorua and 16-year-old Alexander Hanham heads over with his Under-18 team from Tamaki Makaurau. Trainer and ex-Blackstick, Dave Kosoof says he'll be wearing black in no time and his sister, Claudia, is also following in his footsteps.
Tumamao’s Picks for the ITM Cup semis: Wellington and Taranaki
Our sports commentator Tumamao Harawira came in to discuss the weekend’s sports and sports related issues including his thoughts on the Māori hockey and league sports tournaments in Rotorua, and his picks for the ITM Cup semis; Wellington vs Auckland; Canterbury vs Taranaki.