Shane Jones returns to the Labour frontline
Shane Jones is back on Labour's front bench with a cleared name and a clear conscience. Auditor General Lyn Provost has found no evidence of corruption in the way Shane Jones dealt with the Bill Liu immigration saga when he was minister.
Parliament receives asset sales petition for referendum
The asset sales saga continues as the Keep Our Assets citizens group initiated a referendum petition to stop asset sales were formally presented to the Clerk of Parliament today. It's the biggest citizen-led referendum to date. 305,000 signatures were needed to trigger a referendum, but will it be enough to stop the government in its tracks?
Kapa haka and the use of mainstream tunes
A lot of mainstream tunes were borrowed and used by kapa haka at this year's Te Matatini. Māori songstress Maisey Rika says that some cases, tunes should be altered to fit the words, not the other way around. Some however are all for modern mainstream tunes as Māori have been using them since the inception of the Māori action song in the early 1900's.
PM to invite the return of Petrobras
Prime Minister John Key's final official engagement on his 10-day visit to Latin America will be with the Brazilian president, Dilma Rousseff. The Brazilian government is the majority shareholder of oil giant Petrobras who abandoned its prospecting in the Raukumara Basin off NZ's East Coast. Reports say the Prime Minister will be encouraging the return of Brazilian company Petrobras to explore for oil in NZ when he meets the country's president. He will also ask her to support NZ’s bid for a seat on the United Nations Security Council.
Waiariki Māori journalism course lacking numbers
Former Waiariki journalism tutor Rawiri Wright is worried about the future of Māori journalism after hearing the Waiariki journalism course was closed today due to small numbers.
Māori issues served on the Poukai table
Iwi Saver, the census and getting Māori to vote are some major concerns MP Nanaia Mahuta is fielding at the latest round of Poukai of Kingitanga. Today, Waipapa Marae, Kāwhia hosted its 128th Poukai.
Te Ururoa Flavell: Māori input needed in RMA, Constitution discussions
Māori Party MP for Waiariki, Te Ururoa Flavell, gives us his views on current issues including the state of Waiariki Institute of Technology’s Maori journalism course; the Resource Management Act and Constitutional Review.
Nia Glassie’s mother denied parole
Lisa Michelle Kuka, mother of Nia Glassie who died five years ago has been denied parole. The parole board said Kuka remained an undue risk to the safety of the community. Nia died on August 3, 2007, from head injuries after being repeatedly kicked. Kuka started her nine-year sentence for the manslaughter of her daughter in 2009 while her partner, 19-year-old Wiremu Curtis, and his brother Michael, 22, were sentenced to life imprisonment for the little girl's murder.
‘Mondayisation’ Bill expected to pass second stage
A bill to give us more public holidays looks set to clear a major hurdle in parliament tomorrow. Labour's Mondayisation Bill means the day off for Waitangi and Anzac Days will move to Monday when they fall on a weekend. The Finance Minister says he received advice about using a financial veto to block the bill but has decided against using it. Even without support from National MPs, the bill’s expected to pass the second stage. Anzac Day next falls on a Saturday in 2015 and Waitangi Day the year after.