Tahu cold case: Court hears accused admits killing, denies murder
In their opening address today, the Crown alleges that Menzies Hallet told his ex-wife he shot someone on the morning of the death of Rodney Tahu in 1979.
Māori Battalion veteran dies ahead of Anzac Day
A veteran of the 28th Māori Battalion has died this week, two days before Anzac Day. Arthur Brooking of Te Araroa was a soldier who fought in Greece and was captured by the Germans.
Ngārimu VC scholarships awarded
Eight outstanding Māori leaders of tomorrow have been recognised with education scholarships totalling $115,000. Today in a special ceremony at Parliament recipients of the 2012/2013 Ngarimu VC & 28th Māori Battalion Memorial Scholarships were recognised for their potential to make an important contribution to their whānau, hapū, iwi and country.
Tourism funding to attract high-end tourists
New funding for the tourism industry will be put to attracting high-end tourists to the country. So what are Māori tourism groups doing? Raiha Johns put this question to them today at the TRENZ conference.
Gisborne car fire started by toddler accidental, report
A fire safety report into a car fire in Gisborne where two young children were badly burned has found the fire to be accidental. Fire broke out in the car that was parked outside a Gisborne shop last month while a mother left her two young children inside while she went shopping. The two children were badly burned and remain in hospital recovering from their injuries. Fire service investigations have found the fire was accidental. One of the children - a three-year-old girl - had found a barbecue-style lighter in the car's console and accidentally set the driver's seat on fire. Police say no decision has been made yet on whether any criminal charges will be laid in relation to the incident.
Supreme Court rejects Urewera Four appeal
The Supreme Court has refused to hear the appeals of the Urewera Four. Māori activists Te Rangikaiwhiria Kemara and Tame Iti were released from prison earlier this year after being jailed for two and a half years in May last year after being found guilty of firearms charges. Urs Signer and Emily Bailey received a nine-month home detention sentence for their part. In a ruling just out, the Supreme Court says it's not satisfied it's necessary in the interests of justice for the court to hear the appeals.
Some Māori families are interested in charter schools, Flavell
Earlier we spoke to Māori Party MP Te Ururoa Flavell who gave his views on a number of current political issues including the reported suspension of Kōhanga Reo CEO Titoki Black, Kura Kaupapa and Te Aho Mātua curriculum, and why the Māori Party will vote in favour of charter schools.