Waitangi Tribunal says Crown has caused Māori in Whanganui District significant harm
In a report released today, the Waitangi Tribunal says the Crown has caused Māori in the Whanganui District substantial harm through a multitude of policies, laws, decisions, acts and omissions. The Whanganui land report encapsulates 83 claims of hapū and iwi of the Whanganui District. Presiding officer Judge Carrie Wainwright said colonisation in Whanganui did not evolve in a way that was consistent with the treaty. The tribunal was critical of land transactions which alienated vast tracts of land from hapū and iwi. Today just 237,000 acres or 11% of the district remains in Māori ownership. The tribunal urged the Government to enter into a settlement that supports the aspirations of the hapū and iwi of Whanganui for economic and cultural revitalisation. It also recommends the Government overturn a recent decision that authorised 'Wanganui' and ‘Whanganui’ as legitimate spellings.
A road block protest against the establishment of a Vodafone receiver on their sacred maunga
A whānau in the Northland region have blocked off the Pataua South Road in an attempt to stop the erection of a Vodafone signal tower on Maunga Kurahaupō. The area comes under Te Waiariki within the Whāngārei region and have blocked the road since this morning.
Businesses taking an interest in Rotorua as a vibrant city
Māori Television announced yesterday its decision to keep operations in Auckland. That meant bids from Hamilton and Rotorua missed out. Rotorua Mayor Steve Chadwick says that while they are disappointed that Māori TV has chosen to stay in Auckland other businesses are warming up to Rotorua as it continues to build its reputation as friendly, vibrant and growing urban centre.
Housing Minister has provocative words for community housing providers
Provocative words today from Minister Paula Bennett to community housing providers. She told them they must become more commercial if they want to succeed and cannot rely on Government support. Bennett said providers needed to look at ways to build their financial capability such as forming a consortium, as had been done by three Tauranga iwi authorities and a community housing provider this week. She added social housing is a solid investment as Government had introduced long-term contracts for housing providers so they could have guaranteed income for up to 25 years.
Aboriginal leaders meet with Māori MPs seeking advice for their people
Indigenous Australian leaders are visiting NZ to get advice on how they can become a stronger voice for their people. Māori MPs were one of the groups that hosted the delegation.
Solid Energy confirm closure of Huntly Mine
Solid Energy has confirmed the Huntly East mine will close permanently. Earlier this month the proposed changed was flagged with the 68 employees currently working there, the company has been facing falling coal prices and a lack of demand and would not be able to be sold. Some of the 68 staff have been given fixed-term contracts as part of the closure project, but the rest finished today.
Repatriated Motunui panels go on display in New Plymouth today
Motunui panels illegally exported and now repatriated to New Plymouth's Puke Ariki Museum in Taranaki will go on display to the general public today. This comes after several previous attempts by the Government at huge cost to have these taonga returned.
Waikato-Tainui sign commercial deal with Cook Islands
Waikato-Tainui is set to grow its $1.2 billion fortune in the Cook Islands. An exclusive deal was signed-off today that enables the tribe's commercial arm, Tainui Group Holdings, to do business in the South Pacific nation. Oriini Tipene-Leach went to find out what it all means for tribal members.
Former Te Karere reporter helps to serve up a tasty dream
New Zealand has a new Māori eatery thanks to the Poipoi family who were keen to share their mother’s Māori recipes. The dream was realised in collaboration with a former Te Karere reporter, Martin Rakuraku