Erima Henare’s untimely death major loss for Māoridom
Erima Henare, a leader at iwi, community, and national levels, died suddenly this morning. His name is derived from his whakapapa links to the Far North: 'nō ngā iwi E RIMA o te raki' is now making his final journey to his tribal homeland. Many have expressed shock and dismay over the Te Taura Whiri chair's untimely death which has left the role vacant. Erima Henare was a passionate advocate for the Māori language. He leaves behind big shoes to fill for the person who replaces him at Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori.
Winston Peters hopes debate over flag change will fall flat at first hurdle
NZ First leader Winston Peters has made his comments against a new NZ flag before the select committee on the flag referendum. Peters says NZ First wants to stop the bill for a new flag, claiming it is a waste of money. The president of the RSA has also spoken out, reasserting the fact that the current flag was the one NZ soldiers carried to war.
Britain presents NZ with plaque of WW1 recipients of VC
A plaque bearing the names of 16 NZers awarded the highest military honour for bravery during WW1 has been presented at Parliament. The unveiling ceremony was particularly moving for one special attendee, the only living NZ Victoria Cross recipient, Corporal Willie Apiata. The plaque is one of 11 being presented by Britain to allied countries. The plaque will be mounted on a wall between Parliament and the cenotaph.
NZ men diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer dying sooner
A new report suggests New Zealand men diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer die sooner on average than those from Britain or the United States. A study by Auckland University found flaws in the current treatment for the cancer. It says men are not using the services made available by health providers when they're diagnosed.
Iwi object to mining on land in order to protect mauri
The iwi trust of Te Arawa iwi Ngāti Kea and Ngāti Tuarā are objecting to bids by a Chinese gold mining company Tianbao Mining Corporation for gold exploration on their ancestral lands. There are grave concerns that the mauri of the land and surrounding environment will be adversely impacted. The 4500 HA land is located between Rotorua, Tokoroa, and Atiamuri.
Men fined for leaving cricket Jesse Ryder in coma
Two men whose assault left cricketer Jesse Ryder in a coma have been fined for their actions. Craig and Dylan O'Neill had accused the batsman of being 'cheap' before getting into what the judge described as a 'bog standard pub fight' in 2013. The uncle and nephew said they regretted their actions and have paid a very public price. Craig O'Neill was also ordered to do 250 hours community service.
Ngāi Tahu kaumātua educator receives ONZM at Government House
He's an entrepreneur, a composer, an educator, and a mentor. Kukupa Tirikatene was today awarded or his massive contribution to Māori and education over many years. He received the ONZM at Government House.