Member’s bill drafted for automatic enrolment on Māori roll
There's a call for all Māori to automatically be listed on the Māori electoral roll when they turn 18, unless they choose to opt off. Māori Party MP Te Ururoa Flavell is putting a bill into the member's ballot today that would make being on the Māori roll the first choice for Māori. He says the Electoral Act as it stands does not promote strong Māori representation in Parliament.
Renewed calls against state housing relocation
Calls against the removal of state houses are going up from a group of residents in Glen Innes, Auckland. This latest outcry comes with the removal of three houses last night.
Statistics NZ launches Māori well-being survey
Statistics New Zealand has launched their latest survey that will provide insights in to Māori cultural identity, strength of connections to Te Ao Māori and whānau well-being. Around 5000 people of Māori descent will be interviewed over the next two months.
Government support available for Māori housing
A seminar held at the Wellington Town Hall outlined a plan that would allow Māori to build or renovate their homes. Associate Minister of Housing Tariana Turia outlined a number of different types of support the government is offering.
Nelson Mandela’s condition improves
Anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela is responding well to treatment following a recurring lung infection. South African President Jacob Zuma told the country's parliament the 94-year-old is responding well to treatment after a difficult few days.
High praise from Manu Kōrero judge
A judge at Auckland’s Ngā Manu Kōrero speech competition says the standard this year has blown her away.
Should Matariki be a national holiday?
What does Matariki mean to modern day Māori? What do they think about celebrating it? Should it be made a national holiday?
Iwi allows hunters continued access to land
Fish & Game is applauding three iwi Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Makino and Ngāti Awa, for allowing hunters continuous entry to lands that are part of their recent Treaty settlements.
Te Rūnanga Nui agree to work with ministry
Kura Kaupapa have agreed to work with the Ministry of Education on National Standards after a high level meeting in Parliament yesterday. Attended by Ministers Hekia Parata and Pita Sharples and ended with Te Rūnanga Nui agreeing to work with the ministry on formal reporting of student achievement in kura kaupapa.