NZ constitutional panel in search of country’s views
The Constitutional Advisory Panel is looking for views on Aotearoa New Zealand’s constitution. This dialogue was brought about by the coalition between the Māori Party and National. The aim of the panel is to seek a broad range of views on where the country is headed and what it will look like for present and future generations. So the panel faces the big task of gathering the views of people around the country. They hope to gather a broad range of views.
Mayor in support of Gisborne-Napier rail report
Gisborne’s mayor is in support of an independent review that recommends reopening the railway between Gisborne and the Hawke’s Bay. One of his fellow councillors says Māori have been affected by the loss of jobs.
Young paddlers put on impressive performance at Waka Ama nationals
According to one Waka Ama expert, there’s strong competition coming from the younger generation at the Waka Ama nationals, the kind he’s never seen before. And despite the rain, the strength and determination of competition was still felt.
Rainbow Warrior III visit puts spotlight on continued dispute against oil exploration
The Rainbow Warrior III will arrive in Whangaparaoa tomorrow in honour of Te Whānau a Apanui and Greenpeace. Both groups protested strongly against Petrobras' bids for oil prospecting in the Raukumara Basin. As last year came to a close, Petrobras gave up their hopes for the area. But according to Ngahuia Wade, the environmental champions have another challenge to deal with.
Heavy rain causes flooding in Wellington region
Due to heavy rain, there has been flooding in Wellington region today. These pictures were sent to us this morning. This vehicle is trying to avoid the tide in Porirua. According to weather experts, rain will ease this afternoon, but heavy rain is still expected in Kaikoura and North Canterbury.
GI state houses find new home in Kaitaia
State houses removed from the Auckland suburb of Glen Innes will become new homes for those in need in Kaitaia. 57 families have applied for the nine homes on the property. The former state houses have been moved to five acres of Māori title land, and will be transformed for their first occupants to move in to by July. Ricky Houghton says nine more houses will be move there in months to come to help other families in need.
Family face tough move home from Kalgoorlie
A couple who have lived in Western Australia for 12 years have had to make a tough decision to move home. Henry and Mark live in Kalgoorlie, which is more than 500kms from the city of Perth.
Māori carving to be erected in Antarctica
John Key will take part in the installation of a Māori art piece in Antarctica. Antarctica NZ commissioned a two meter tall carving to be erected at Scott Base, along with its own website. The piece is sponsored by Ngāi Tahu, but iwi CEO Mark Solomon says it belongs to the country. The Prime Minister's entourage departs on Thursday.
Ex-Māori All Black named in Scotland squad
Former Māori All Black and Crusader, Sean Maitland has been selected for Scotland’s Six Nations squad. Maitland left the Crusaders after signing a deal with the Glasgow Warriors last October. He qualifies for Scotland through his paternal grandparents, who were born in Glasgow. The team will assemble for the first time next week.
What’s in store for Auckland’s Waitangi Day?
Takaparawhau is all set to celebrate Waitangi Day this year. Peata Melbourne spoke with event organiser, Renata Blair, to get the latest on the event.