26 Jan 2012

Manu Korihi News for 26 January 2012

From Checkpoint, 5:46 pm on 26 January 2012

A powhiri which was due to start at Te Papa museum at four o'clock this afternoon, to mark the return to New Zealand of 20 toi moko or Maori ancestral heads from France has been delayed; The Customs Service in Christchurch today returned one-hundred-and-75 kilograms of pounamu to Ngai Tahu iwi at a ceremony on Rehua marae in the suburb of St Albans; Ngai Tahu's Deputy Kaiwhakahaere, Lisa Tumahai, says the seizure by Customs of such a large quantity of pounamu, is a timely reminder that there are strict exporting rules for the taonga resource; Coastal iwi in Bay of Plenty who've been affected by the grounding of the container ship Rena, plan to table their demand for a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the ship's grounding, at the national iwi leaders forum in Waitangi; Te Aupouri iwi in the Far North hopes a Treaty settlement package with the Crown, will set the course for economic recovery and greater opportunities for its people.