A West Australia-based Māori whānau are growing concerned their father could be deported back to NZ
A West Australia-based Māori whānau are growing concerned their father could be deported back to NZ. Mehaka Te Puia has been employed for over 10 years in Australia but late last year he was placed under detention under new immigration laws. Until last Saturday he was detained in Casuarina before being moved four hours down the road to another facility located in Albany.
Labour MP Peeni Henare expresses doubt over new policy on housing reform
The Government is trying to unload its responsibilities on to iwi. So says Labour's Peeni Henare on the Housing Reform Bill. The Māori Party is supporting the bill that allows more iwi and social housing groups to be involved. But Henare has graves doubts about the viability of the new policy.
A call for a revival of old Māori games
For years now, there's been something of a renaissance of traditional Māori games with the likes of Kī o Rahi and Pūkana, but a viral video online shows that maybe people are ready for more of these games. Te Waka Ruapounamu McLeod who was responsible for uploading the video that went viral was involved in He Oranga Poutama under Sport Taranaki. She says the games allow people alive today to connect with their ancestors by playing the games they once played.
New super rugby season chance for fresh blood to prove their worth
The super rugby season is set to kick off on Friday and with the old guard of the competition like Dan Carter and Richie McCaw retiring and moving overseas, the new wave of players will be using this season to cement their places as stalwarts. One player though, will be using this as his comeback season, looking to cement his place as the all blacks starting 10. Tamati Rimene-Sproat with the story.
The oldest Māori triplets celebrate their 85th birthday
Aotearoa's oldest Māori triplets will be turning 85 this week. But as they live in different parts of the country, they won’t be together for the milestone. But they recently had a celebratory get together. The triplets were born on Stewart Island and live in different parts of the country. They are described as living inspirations for younger generations to follow.
New movie Mahana hits our screens
Mahana premiered at the cinemas last night, It is the latest Witi Ihimaera novel to be made a movie. Director Lee Tamahori has returned to the New Zealand movie scene to tell Ihimaera's story of Māori sheep-shearing families from the East Coast. Witi Ihimaera describes the movie adaptation as containing ‘…it’s the vibe. There’s a sass. There’s a sex appeal’.