14 Dec 2011

Manu Korihi News for 14 December 2011

From Checkpoint, 5:49 pm on 14 December 2011

The Ngapuhi leader Sonny Tau says the runanga has decided to suspend Ngati Hine iwi from attending Board meetings, until it complies with the requirements of Te Runanga a Iwi o Ngapuhi's constitution; But Ngati Hine Chairman, Waihoroi Shortland, says neither he nor his board are bothered by the suspension; Pita Sharples and Tariana Turia will continue to lead the Maori Party; A Treaty of Waitangi lead negotiator says it makes sense that the National Party's Hekia Parata has been appointed as Minister of Education - because Maori are underachieving; The head of the national stop smoking service Quitline says having the Governor General as its inaugural patron means its campaigns should get plenty of attention.