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Rāpare 27 Hakihea 2012

Published: 5:41PM Thursday December 27, 2012

  • Should NZ police carry guns?
    Should NZ police carry guns?

Should NZ police carry guns?

Fresh calls to arm police with guns have created debate, but one iwi leader has shot down the notion. Officers have been assaulted in three attacks in Waikato and another in the Northland town of Dargaville over a four-day period, prompting the call. But Api Mahuika, iwi leader and police advisor, is against the idea.

Māori Tennis Tournament gets underway

The annual Māori Tennis Tournament is underway in Hamilton. Players of all ages are competing in the three-day competition, and they're also supporting a call to use more Māori language.

Kōhanga in Australia receives funding from local council

A new kōhanga reo in Melbourne, Australia has been established. Te Reo Puawai runs two days a week, and is free, thanks to funding from the local city council.

Ex-NZ Idol contestant owns Australian scaffolding company

In Western Australia, a 25-year-old Māori is giving other Māori a helping hand to live and work in Kalgoorlie, 500kms east of Perth. Rongo Keene, of former NZ Idol fame, started his own scaffolding business with a friend three years ago and now services mines and other businesses in the area.

Races go ahead in Rotorua

Rain is still dogging events around the country, but it didn't dampen the spirit of race goers at Arawa Park in Rotorua. Hinerangi Goodman donned her hat and gumboots for a day at the races.

Ngāti Porou pā wars gets downsized

The annual Ngāti Porou competition, Pā Wars, has been downsized as organisers scramble to stage the event in less than two weeks. Te Aitanga a Hauiti pulled out of hosting the event after clashing with Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Porou over the recruitment of a new CEO for the tribal authority.