End of an era for coal mining in Huntly area
140 years of underground coal mining is to come to an end in the Huntly district. The Solid Energy Coal Mine has been in debt of around $400 million for some time. The decision to cease production is set to have a huge impact on the local community after years of playing its part in the economy of the region.
John Key’s trip to Iraq criticized as shameless and shallow
After his secret visit to Iraq, John Key says our troops are fine and are doing great work. But a former soldier, who's now a MP, has slammed the PM's trip as a shameless and shallow photo opportunity. Ron Mark says our troops are at great risk in the war torn state and he claims our Government doesn't adequately compensate our military personnel.
Final Taranaki iwi settlement underway; Ngāti Maru seek return of all taonga stolen
Taranaki iwi Ngāti Maru are the last iwi in the region to settle historic grievances with the Crown. Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Maru has been mandated to negotiate a settlement. But the rūnanga are not solely focussed on money and cash. They want rights to resources like oil, minerals and water to be recognised.
Lawsuit against Te Wānanga o Aotearoa over now
An $11m lawsuit against Te Wānanga o Aotearoa (TWOA) was filed by founder and former head, Rongo Wetere and his daughter Susan Cullen is over now. It's believed the case was based on alleged infringement of intellectual property rights. CEO Jim Mather says TWOA can now focus on its future development now the burden of litigation has been laid to rest. No money has changed hands.
Toby Curtis demands invite be opened to all of Te Arawa
A proposed merger of Waiariki Institute and Bay of Plenty Polytechnic is causing concern in the geothermal city. Some in the Rotorua community are suspicious of the motives for change and are unhappy about the lack of consultation. This whānau built three new homes and upgraded two with their own hands - all thanks to new Māori Housing Network Fund
Māori Housing Network Fund giving hand up to motivated Māori
Māori lag far behind non-Māori in homeowner stats, but a new housing strategy known as the Māori Housing Network Fund could help Māori families find new homes, but it’s difficult to get in on the strategy. One of the criteria is having a legal entity.
Looking to the future, blooding new players, Marshall stays out of contention
The NZRL has named their 23 man squad for the upcoming England tour. Old golden boots are still out while two Māori co-captains have been named – Adam Blair and Isaac Luke have been named into leadership positions with Simon Mannering being ruled out. Here is the squad;
Gerard Beale, Adam Blair, Jesse Bromwich, Lewis Brown, Alex Glenn, Tohu Harris, Peta Hiku, Jordan Kahu, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Tuimoala Lolohea, Isaac Liu, Issac Luke, Ben Matulino, Sam Moa, Jason Nightingale, Kodi Nikorima, Kevin Proctor, Curtis Rona, Sio Siua Taukeiaho, Jason Taumalolo, Martin Taupau, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Dean Whare.
All Blacks final Rugby World Cup pool match named
There's been six changes to the All Blacks team for its final RWC pool match against Tonga. Kahungunu hooker Dan Coles looks to have confirmed he's number one in his position, same again for his kinsman Aaron Smith at halfback. Other points of interest - Kieran Read captains the team with Richie McCaw out with a bruised thigh. Ma'a Nonu will play in his 100th test and Nehe Milner-Skudder and Waisake Naholo have been named on the wing.