Māori award cut from VNZMA live broadcast, again
It's meant to be a celebration of NZ music but organisers of the Vodafone NZ Music Awards are in damage control today. They were scrambling to explain why the Best Māori Album of the Year award wasn't part of the last night’s television broadcast, for the third year in a row.
Public memorial, church service planned for Jonah Lomu
Late this morning, Jonah Lomu's family joined his close friend and former coach John Hart outside the family home to talk to media for the first time since his death. There they discussed planning for a memorial service.
‘I want to go home,’ says deportee Peina Clark
The Australian Government has deported 12 Kiwis from Christmas Island for criminal convictions. Labour MP Kelvin Davis has spoken with most of the men and one was willing to share his special set of circumstances publicly.
HOSW: Indigenous solutions sought to lower high suicide rates
The seventh Healing Our Spirit Worldwide wrapped up last evening after four days of wānanga hosted in Hamilton by Te Rau Matatini. Ten countries from around the world attended the indigenous health gathering, with a focus this year on the alarming high rates of suicide amongst indigenous communities and solutions towards its end.
First flag referendum kicks off
The first of two flag referendums officially begins today. The vote will decide which of the five flag options will go up against the current flag early next year.
Taranaki Tū Mai festival preparations underway
Hundreds of Taranaki descendants have gathered for the biennial Taranaki Tū Mai festival at Urenui Pā. It's an event where Taranakitanga is celebrated through kapa haka, sports and wānanga, hosted this year by Ngāti Mutunga.