Poll: Most Māori Party voters want Turia, Sharples to remain
The stoush over who should lead the PM onto Te Tii Marae erupted into a full blown showdown but Titewhai Harawira eventually prevailed over contender Ani Taurua. The spat raises questions over whether the PM should even bother visiting the lower marae. It's these sorts of scenes that Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia, also in Waitangi, was keen to avoid, instead she's attending a high level Iwi Chair's Forum with senior ministers and basking in the good news of our latest Te Karere DigiPoll.
Display of hurt over Waitangi stoush
After the showdown between Titewhai Harawhira and Ani Taurua over who would escort John Key onto the marae, the debate was taken inside the meeting house. Taurua's family were not impressed with the pushing and shoving from the Harawira family. Ngāpuhi protocol came under scrutiny again in the lead up to Waitangi commemorations.
Māori King holds hui to decide Waikato-Tainui future
King Tuheitia has united his people at Tūrangawaewae today in a two day hui to discuss the tribe’s future. King Tuheitia has introduced Sir Henry van der Hayden to the people and explains unity is prosperity.
Sharples: NZ marae should be given back to the local iwi
Māori Party Co-Leader Pita Sharples helped resolve the stand-off over who should lead the Prime Minister on to Te Tii Marae and he joined us from the marae in Waitangi to discuss current political issues including events at Waitangi and our DigiPoll results on the Māori Party.
Rowing club occupies building illegally
A rowing club is illegally occupying a building at Lake Horowhenua and a local advocate wants them out. The Lake Horowhenua domain board who manage the buildings on the site have allowed the club to continue storing their boats and equipment in the shed despite the latest Māori Land Court ruling the club has no legal right to be there.
Dead whale washes up on beach
A seven metre sperm whale that washed up on Papamoa Beach in Tauranga will be buried later this afternoon. Hinerangi Goodman spoke to DOC officials and local iwi.
Holmes seen off with haka on way to Auckland
The funeral procession for veteran broadcaster Sir Paul Holmes has begun its journey from his Hawke's Bay home to Auckland. Family and friends were farewelled with a haka by a group of local iwi. The 62 year old's body has been at his home since he died last Friday after a long battle with prostate cancer and heart problems. Sir Paul's funeral will be at Auckland's Holy Trinity Cathedral on Friday.