NZ Māori Council: Supreme Court ruling isn’t a loss
The government's asset sales programme is firmly back on track now that the Supreme Court has ruled against the Māori Council's claim that the sale of Mighty River Power should be halted under Māori interests to water are sorted. But the court also issued a stern warning to the Crown to act in accordance with the principles of the Treaty.
Sir Michael Cullen appointed to foster Kōhanga Reo partnership
The government has confirmed today the appointment of Sir Michael Cullen as an independent advisor to the Crown and the Kohanga Reo Trust. Sir Michael Cullen is a former Labour Minister in charge of Treaty Settlements. The appointment of an independent advisor was one of the Waitangi Tribunal's recommendations in its report 'Matua Rautia' and is an important step to fix the dysfunctional relationship between the Crown and the Kōhanga Reo Trust. Education Minister Hekia Parata says Sir Michael Cullen's vast experience and respect within Māoridom makes him the ideal candidate for the role.
Police hold successful recruitment drive at Te Matatini
A police drive for young Māori recruits has drawn 160 registrations of interest. The push for potential future Māori officers was held at the national kapa haka festival, Te Matatini, in Rotorua last weekend. The event attracted a crowd of more than 20,000 people, where police say their mission was to inspire more young Māori to sign up.
Rena owners seek collaborative restoration effort
Owners of the Rena cargo ship are looking for a collaborative effort to renew the state of the Astrolabe Reef and its surrounding area. The announcement was made to the people of the Bay of Plenty today where part of the discussion included the option of leaving the wreckage of the ship on the reef.
Hundreds turn out to farewell Ralph Hotere
Hundreds attended the requiem mass for one of New Zealand’s most important contemporary artist Ralph Hotere (81) died two years after being appointed to New Zealand’s highest honour for his contribution to art – an officer of the Order of New Zealand Merit.
Māori language app launches expansion
An IPhone and IPad app called Hika Torotoro was launched today featuring over 50,000 Māori phrases. It builds on from the Hika LITE app that was brought out last year.
Karakia held at Muriwai Beach day after fatal shark attack
There's been a poignant seaside ceremony at Muriwai Beach West of Auckland this morning to remember Adam Strange, the man killed in a shark attack there yesterday. An aerial search has so far seen no sign of the great white shark that killed him.
Hone Harawira: Government promises hold no water
Mana Party leader Hone Harawira gives us his views on current issues including Supreme Court’s ruling dismissing the Māori Council’s appeal, the government’s partial asset sales, Sir Michael Cullen’s appointment as advisor to Kōhanga Reo claim and Tame Iti’s release.
Benji Marshall relieved of Kiwis captaincy
Benji Marshall says he is disappointed at being stripped of the New Zealand's captaincy, but maintains the decision will not alter his desire to win the world cup with the Kiwis at the end of this year. Marshall, the Wests Tigers' five-eighth who helped the Kiwis to a world cup triumph in 2008 was relieved of the captaincy by Coach Stephen Kearney, who said the decision was made in the best interests of the team.