Weak law allows councils to destroy historical Māori sites: HFC latest example of many says Heritage NZ
Horowhenua iwi Ngāti Whakatere are furious that the Horowhenua District Council continue digging trenches for the Shannon wastewater treatment plant on the historical battle site of Taita. Fierce battles ensued the Taita Marae and papakāinga and many still lie where they were killed. The iwi took to protesting at the site today.
Father killed in Te Kaha hunting accident
Another hunter has die. 27-year-old Carlos Ngamoki died last night. According to reports, he and his family were in the vicinity of Te Kaha hunting. His body has been taken to Auckland to be examined by a coroner and is expected to be returned to Te Kaha Marae tomorrow.
Whānau pleading for New Zealanders locked up in Australian immigration detention centres
Whānau of those detained in Australian detention centres are pleading with John Key and fellow New Zealanders at home to put more pressure on the Australian government to release them. Meanwhile Kelvin Davis has flown to Sydney to see first-hand what the situation is like, provided he is granted permission by Australian authorities to be able to visit the Villawood Detention Centre based in Sydney.
17-year-old Rotorua man charged with assault of 2-year-old Hastings boy
A 2-year-old boy who was assaulted in his Hastings home earlier this week has died. The toddler died last night in the intensive care unit at Hawke's Bay Hospital. He was admitted there on Monday morning with what police described as ‘non-accidental’ head injuries. A 17-year-old Rotorua man has been charged with assaulting a child. He's been granted interim name suppression and is being remanded in custody to reappear in court next month.
Cancer rates are higher for Māori than other New Zealanders
Cancer rates are higher for Māori than other New Zealanders. But the same is not true for indigenous people in USA, Australia and Canada. The conclusion comes from a new global study which has just been released in the past hour. However, the study also states that those cancer rates are preventable.
Soulfest supporters outraged and sad over cancellation of event
The Soulfest has left its ticket buyers soul-less after it announced the cancellation of its NZ and Australian shows yesterday. Buyers took to Facebook and Twitter outraged and sad that they've missed out on a much anticipated line-up. However, some of those devastated buyers who were travelling to the event are going to make the best of a bad situation.