Māori Battalion D Company veteran dies
One of the last surviving members of the 28th Maori Battalion's D Company has died. Tahu Potiki Hopkinson died peacefully surrounded by whānau at Kaiapoi Lodge. He will lie at his home until Thursday afternoon before being taken to Tuahiwi Marae on Friday.
Funeral home looks out for the living
Legacy Funerals’ director Mike Savage's time is spent running the day-to-day business of his funeral home, but he says it's also important to look after the living. He sees many families struggling to deal with the costs of burial and believes others in the industry should be lending a hand.
Family Planning introduces sexuality education programme
Family Planning has introduced a new scheme to teach primary schoolchildren sexuality education. But there is opposition to the idea of teaching an intimate subject to 5- to 8-year-olds at school.
$31 million injection to boost Māori achievement
The Government will spend $31 million over the next three years to boost Māori high school achievement. It will fund the new building on success programme, which focuses on training and professional development for teachers of Māori students.
Northland gas leak cause mass evacuations
Cordons remain in place after a gas leak in Northland this morning caused mass evacuations. The Fire Service has now stemmed the leak in Kamo, near Whangarei, after a bus reversed over a gas main at a LPG substation. Hundreds of people were evacuated and three schools were closed.
Anti-mining protest closes State Highway 1
Anti-mining groups in Northland say they have every right to stage their protest. On State Highway 1, near Hukerenui - as part of it belongs to Maori. Ngati Hau and Puhipuhi Mining Action Group began their two-hour protest at 10o'clock this morning, blocking heavy traffic from just north of Whangarei to Hukerenui.
Kiwis’ Sonny Bill Williams named Player of the Year
Sonny Bill Williams is the Rugby League International Federation Player of the Year for 2013. The Kiwis megastar forward received top honours for his remarkable first season back in rugby league after a five-year absence.