Tuwharetoa mourns the passing of leader Timi Te
Ngati Tuwharetoa leader Timi Te Heuheu has died at the age of 68. He was the brother of paramount chief Sir Tumu Te Heuheu and husband of former Cabinet Minister, Georgina Te Heuheu. Mr Te Heuheu passed away early this morning in Waikato. He was his brother's right-hand man and regarded as an influential mover. He was a tribal diplomat whose job was a link between Maori, politicians and business. Mr Te Heuheu has had a long battle with cancer.
Economist cautions Government in water rights
Evidence was given on day four of the Tribunal hearings today by an economist who says the government would be remiss not to take into consideration the uncertainty in the market when they decide to sell assets. Ganesh Nana was brought in by iwi to give his evidence, which differs to Treasury in which they assume they will get a one-off gain on sale of the assets.
TVNZ welcomes NZGT judges
Celebrity judges for New Zealand's Got Talent were welcomed to TVNZ today. Jason Kerrison, Rachel Hunter and Ali Campbell will be the judges for the new season of NZGT. The first round of auditions will be held this weekend in Dunedin but the show won't air until the end of the year.
Evicted residents left in uncertainty
The community of Maraenui in Napier is up in arms after being kicked out of their Housing NZ homes. About 50 houses will be demolished or sold leaving many families living in uncertainty.
Secondary schools' haka competitions on track
Preparations for the Secondary National Kapa Haka competitions are going well according to event organisers. The event is set for the end of the month in Whangarei.
Cultural unity symbolised in wharewaka
A building to house waka has been gifted to the people of the Solomon Islands. The house was a gift from the Pacific Voyage Foundation. Its design encompasses the theme of the festival - culture in harmony with nature.