Emotional send-off for kiwi soldier
The body of Corporal Luke Tamatea has been laid to rest in an emotional ceremony attended by family, friends and members of the Defence Force. His funeral was held at Hahuru Marae in Onepu near Kawerau.
Gay marriage bill faces first reading tomorrow
Tomorrow, Labour MP Louisa Wall’s bill will have its first reading. The bill has the support of Labour leader, David Shearer and Prime Minister, John Key. But the rest of Parliament is divided.
Water rights: ‘Shares Plus’ scheme being considered
The Government has spent nearly $4 million on preparing Mighty River Power for sale. The power station is the first of the government’s asset for sale and it’s for that reason the Maori Council, iwi and hapu took their claim to the Waitangi Tribunal to determine their water rights. Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples spoke to us on this matter.
Iti and Kemara denied bail
Tame Iti and Te Rangikaiwhiria Kemara have been denied bail for a second time. The two men were sentenced to prison for 2½ years in May for firearm offences, in Te Urewera National Park in 2007. Both are appealing against their convictions and sentences. In a judgment released today, the Court of Appeal ruled they will remain in prison, as they have not met the high threshold which applies to those seeking bail pending an appeal.
Advisory group says NZ can reduce child poverty rate
An expert advisory group says our child poverty rate is unacceptably high but can be reduced. The group's report on solutions to child poverty was commissioned by the Children's Commissioner and released today. The group is made up of people from religious, education, community and business backgrounds. The report does not demand more money, but aims to make changes to current systems.
Calls for NZ Government to endorse ocean protection plan
There's increasing pressure on our government to endorse a plan to protect the Pacific Ocean. The Oceanscape framework is supported by all Pacific nations except New Zealand and will be a key issue for the Pacific Island Forum in Rarotonga which opens tomorrow.
Waka Tapu: Battered by the winds and sea
Despite the challenges the sea and the winds have thrown at them, the two waka hourua are still on the right path to Rapanui. The captain of Ngahiraka-mai-tawhiti, Jack Thatcher says the rage of the waters and the harsh winds have been challenging. Ngahiraka and Te Aurere are currently heading in a southern direction hoping to set the winds in their favour. It's Day 11 of their eight week journey.