Te Wānanga o Aotearoa turns 30
Its founders mortgaged their homes to kick-start the idea. Byt many were against the idea of a Māori tertiary institution. However, today Te Wānanga o Aotearoa marked its 30th year and it’s now the biggest Māori tertiary provider in the country with more than 30,000 students enrolled. Kereama Wright has more.
Stephen Kearney finalises side to take on Australia at ANZAC test this weekend
A late addition to Stephen Kearney's Kiwi side to take on the Kangaroos in this weekend's ANZAC test at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane. Kearney today consolidating his side with the late inclusion of St George Illawarra winger, Jason Nightingale (Ngāti Haua), into a side that is relatively unchanged from the Four Nations side who beat Australia last year. A star studded forward pack, not hampered by the loss of in-form second rower Jason Taumalolo, all looking to break a 17-year-old ANZAC curse. Bought in following the suspension of Penrith youngster, Dallin Watene Zelezniak, Nightingale (28), who today appeared in a moonboot, will make his 25th appearance and knows that even though he was called up late, the challenge is bigger than ever. However there are still questions remaining over selection choices in the camp. The team is in Brisbane for the remainder of the week ahead of the ANZAC showdown on Friday night.
Mangatangi lad jet setting to USA to pursue dream
From the banks of Mangatangi to the bright lights of America. Warren Dion Smith of Tainui is off overseas to chase his dreams in the beauty industry. He has had extensive experience working for Weta Workshop and has met the likes of James Cameron and Peter Jackson.. It all started n the marae for Warren Dion Smith by cutting hair for whānau and for his kuia.
Ponygate continues in PM’s absence
Parliament resumed business today after a three week break. It offers MPs a chance to raise questions and challenges about the hot political issues. The 'Ponygate Saga' is generating debate and discussion about the PM's treatment of women.
Workers' Memorial Day chance to reflect on improving work safety practices
It's workers memorial today - a day to remember those who have died on the job and to raise awareness about the importance of workplace safety. Most accidents are happening in the agricultural, construction and fishing industries.
NZ consulate opening opportunity to showcase Māori culture and open business opportunities
The opening of NZ's consulate in Dubai provided an opportunity for Māori based there to showcase our culture. It's clear there are opportunities for Māori in Dubai across a range of professions. But as Pere Wihongi reports, the country also has strict laws which sometimes means adapting our own traditions to conform.
Police to target red light runners using radar cameras
Police are now using radar cameras to catch red light runners at three of our busiest intersections There are two cameras in Auckland and one in Wellington. It's the first time radar technology is being used at red lights, and the $180,000 initiative may be rolled out nationwide.
Auckland councillors meeting over controversial extension of Bledisloe Wharf
Auckland councillors are meeting behind closed doors right now to discuss the stand-off with the council owned port company over wharf extensions. Ports of Auckland want to extend Bledisloe Wharf by almost 100 metres, a proposal that has been met by massive public opposition. The council has asked the port to scrap the project until a year-long feasibility study has been completed. The POA has yet to formally responded to that request, but the company's chairman says there's no intention of stopping the extension.
Nepal confirms NZ Search and Rescue team no longer required
The New Zealand search and rescue team set to provide aid in Nepal, has been stood down. The Nepalese government made contact today to inform our team that they are no longer required. Foreign Minister Murray McCully says thanks to our experience with the Christchurch earthquakes, it's easy to understand where they're coming from and how quickly needs can change. New Zealand has already contributed $1 million dollars to the relief effort, and the Usar team remains on standby.
Cave Creek 20th Anniversary
Today marks the twentieth anniversary of the Cave Creek tragedy which saw the deaths of fourteen people on the West Coast. Thirteen students and a DOC officer died when a viewing platform fell thirty metres into a gully at Paparoa National Park. Four others survived the fall. A commission of inquiry into the incident found the platform was poorly built by unqualified staff, leading to stricter safety measures at DOC sites.