Good relationships key to success in business with Chinese
The Minister of Māori Development has been meeting high ranking officials in China's capital Beijing. It's a chance to build on relationships forged by his predecessor Sir Pita Sharples, but it's also given the Minister and his trade delegation a valuable insight into the culture and politics of the world's most populous nation which now numbers 1.35 billion.
Marama Davidson officially welcomed as Member of Parliament
Another Māori has just been sworn into parliament as an MP. Marama Davidson bolsters the Greens Māori caucus to four. She enters parliament following the departure of former co-leader Russel Norman. The new MP will be responsible for Māori Development, Human Rights, and Social Housing.
Māori Development Minister accused of cutting Māori language funding
Labour's Te Tai Tonga MP Rino Tirikatene claims funding for Te Taura Whiri has been cut and the southern MP lays the blame squarely at the door of Te Ururoa Flavell. He says, the minister had diverted $7 million from the commission to Te Mātāwai and the move isn't right.
Former Hato Petera principal sets up delegation to save school
Last month Hato Petera announced the sudden and immediate closure of its junior boarding wing. Last week, it revealed the senior hostel will close at the end of the year. That's prompted former principal Sir Toby Curtis to form a special delegation who are rallying to save the ailing school.
All Blacks to meet fans at Victoria Park in Auckland tomorrow
The world champion All Blacks will be home tomorrow. Captain Richie McCaw was a popular man at Heathrow Airport, but it was fellow centurion Keven Mealamu who has been entrusted with looking after the Webb Ellis cup. The team will touch down at Auckland airport tomorrow around 7 am before meeting fans in Auckland's Victoria Park at midday. Christchurch supporters will have a chance to see the team at a parade on Thursday afternoon, and Wellington will get their chance on Friday.
Te Wharekura o Rākaumangamanga take stage to defend title at Te Mana Kuratahi
Day two at Te Mana Kuratahi saw last nationals champion top three groups performing - including current champions Te Wharekura o Rākaumangamanga. The crowd were wowed today over the defending champs returned stronger than before. The goal of Te Wharekura o Rākaumangamanga is to not only authentically represent Tainui but to also be appealing and entertaining to their audiences.