PM John Key to talk sternly to Australian counterpart
Marama Fox is trying to gain cross party support for a hīkoi for families desperate to see their family members returned home who have served time in prison in Australia and now find themselves in a detention centre waiting to be deported. Although the Prime Minister is still unaware of her intentions, it is hoped he will give a stern message to the new Australian PM when he visits this week.
Ngāpuhi stand to lose millions
Ngāpuhi stands to lose hundreds of million dollars if issues around the tribe's treaty claims are not sorted.Treaty Minister Chris Finlayson has issued the tribe's treaty group Tūhoronuku a warning to gain more support from opposing hapū or face losing its authority. PM John Key says his government is keen to progress the claims, but it's totally up to Ngāpuhi. Tūhoronuku has until next month to report back to Minister Finlayson regarding his concerns.
Embarrassing setback for Government over TPPA
Another embarrassing setback for the Government over the TPPA. The Trade Minister has been ordered to review a request for information on the trade agreement. Professor Jane Kelsey and other parties including Ngāti Kahungunu Inc took Groser to the High Court after he refused to release information to her under the Official Information Act. The High Court has ruled there was “no lawful basis for the Minister to withhold, in the way he did, some of the information requested by Professor Kelsey".
Exhibition a window into the iconic NZ land march
Today marks the 40th anniversary of the iconic land march led by Dame Whina Cooper from Te Hāpua in the north to the steps of parliament. An exhibition showcasing and celebrating the 1975 march today opened at the National Library's Turnbull Gallery.
Taranaki Police still investigating blaze
330 south Taranaki students who would normally attend Hawera Intermediate got a day off school today after fire ripped through their classrooms early this morning. 12 fire trucks and crew took hours to get the blaze under control and although it is now contained crews remain at the scene to continue dampening it down. The fire involved a two- storey classroom block containing eight classrooms. No injuries were reported and police say at this stage they don't know the cause of the blaze.
Tūhourangi launch historic resources
Tūhourangi laid down the foundations for tourism in NZ 200 years ago. These days, their deeds in tourism are remembered in song by the descendants of the iwi. However, the iwi has launched some resources that hold information on the iwi’s beginnings.
Maorish Village attraction at Window of the World Exhibition
Is there such a thing as a Hawaiian speaking Māori race native to Sydney, Australia? Well apparently there is all the way in China. The exhibition is part of Shenzhen's Window of the World Museum that teaches visitors about the so-called race and it comes complete with a wharenui called Aloha set near the Sydney opera house...along with 'brownface' Chinese performers. The museum has around 130 reproductions of world famous landmarks, including the Maorish village.
Simple tukutuku panel wins a national award
It was made for a local community, now it’s won a national art award. A group of artists from Glen Innes are celebrating success from a tukutuku panel they created. It could have been the deeper meaning to the work that impressed the judges.