26 Jan 2012

Manu Korihi News for 26 January 2012

From Checkpoint, 6:47 pm on 26 January 2012

A powhiri due to take place this afternoon at the national museum, Te Papa Tongarewa, to mark the return from France of 20 toi moko or Maori ancestral heads, has been delayed until tomorrow; The Customs Service in Christchurch today returned one hundred and 75 kilograms of pounamu to Ngai Tahu iwi, at a ceremony on the Rehua marae in the suburb of St Albans; Ngai Tahu's Deputy Kaiwhakahaere, Lisa Tumahai, says the iwi is thrilled with the return of the pounamu, and the process the Customs Service has in place to protect the greenstone resource; Coastal iwi in Bay of Plenty affected by the Rena disaster, 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 says hopes a Treaty settlement package with the crown, will set the course for economic recovery and greater opportunities for its people.