Hone Harawira goes his own way to Mandela’s funeral
Hone Harawira wasn't invited by John Key but he's going anyway and Parliament's still paying for it. The Mana Party leader is currently jetting his way to South Africa for the funeral of Nelson Mandela and plans to speak his mind while there. And that could mean upstaging the official delegation.
Dignitaries from around the world representative of anti-apartheid movements led by Mandela are flocking to Qunu for his funeral. Prime Minister John Key heads to South Africa with a delegation some say reeks of “political patronage”.
David Tua could stand in general seat for Māori Party, Flavell
A sideline comment made by David Tua about the Māori Party at an awards night has led to a formal approach. But they'll have to knock out other political contenders like the Mana Party who're also vying to get the former boxing champion in their corner. Māori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell joined us live to discuss this and other issues.
Hope for Christchurch’s Hunt family
The Christchurch family who've been forced to move into a tent may be in a home by the end of the day. Working mother-of-three Nellie Hunt says she was unable to find an appropriate and affordable house after being told she had to move out of her rental property three months ago. After meeting with the Christchurch City Council this morning, Ms Hunt is currently looking at potential temporary accommodation.
Status check for the survival of the longfin eel
Taking care of the longfin eel and its long-term survival was one of the topics discussed at the open day set aside by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council held at the Murupara Department of Conservation Office today.
More smokers snuff out the habit, census
The number of New Zealanders stubbing out is on the rise according to the latest census. Figures show in 2006 almost 600,000 Kiwis smoked. That's now dropped by nearly a quarter to 460,000 adult smokers. There's also been a steady decline in Māori and Pacific smoking rates. In total, 15% of the adult population smoke.
Water safety message for beach goers
While surf lifeguards patrol over 80 of New Zealand’s busiest beaches throughout the summer, educating people so they can be safe at the beach is just as important. We caught up with a surf lifeguard who patrols one of the most popular but unpredictable beaches on the West Coast.
Rangatahi wind down at Wiki Hākinakina
The annual Wharekura sports week is now in its fourth year and this year it was held in Ngāti Tūwharetoa. Hinerangi Goodman went to check out how rangatahi wound down the year at Wiki Hākinakina.
Toa Fraser’s new movie stars ‘Boy’
An epic Māori movie is underway and features some of Māoridom's best actors. James Rolleston, who acted in the movie Boy, plays one of the lead roles as well as seasoned actor George Henare. It also features Rena Owen of Once Were Warriors fame and league star Wairangi Koopu will make his acting debut.