Te Manu Korihi

Minister gives assurance on Tuhoe deal

Chris Finlayson.

The Treaty Negotiations Minister says the passing of the Tuhoe settlement law won't stop iwi and hapu groups who also have an interest in Te Urewera, from having their claims settled.

Turia confident her successor will win

Tariana Turia.

Te Tai Hauauru MP, Tariana Turia, says as she retires from politics she's confident her party colleague, Chris McKenzie, who's campaigning for her seat has what it takes to win.

Sharples gives valedictory speech

Pita Sharples.

Retiring Minister of Maori Affairs Pita Sharples admits that before he became an MP, he had no desire to become a politician and preferred instead to be a community advocate. (AUDIO)

Contentious Te Reo bill has first reading

Annette Sykes.

A contentious bill to put the job of revitalising Te Reo in the hands of iwi has had its first reading in Parliament. It's been criticised by Mana candidate for Waiariki Annette Sykes.

Warning minority dialects could be lost

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A national campaign to promote Maori language week is underway, but some Te Reo advocates fear tribal dialects could be lost due to a push to learn a standardised version of Maori.

Feedback sought from Waikato-Tainui descendants

Nanaia Mahuta.

A working group wants feedback from Waikato-Tainui descendants about options to make sure its tribal organisations work and benefits them. A sponsor group co-chaired by Nanaia Mahuta is reviewing iwi entities.

Nikau and Aria most popular names

Maori baby and dad at beach.

The Maori names Nikau and Aria were last year's most popular names for a boy and girl. Nikau also topped the list in 2012, while Maia was most popular for a girl that year.

Moriori want to protect tree carvings

The Hapupu Reserve on the Chatham Islands.

A Moriori leader believes funding for a new museum on the Chathams would be better spent saving sacred trees that have ancient Moriori carvings on them from further decimation.

Maori protocol request over treatments

Stethoscope.

Iwi have told researchers they want Maori protocols incorporated into how human tissue from tangata whenua is taken and used for treatments such as diabetes and gout.

Cartoons insulting, tribunal told

Labour MP Louisa Wall

The Human Rights Review Tribunal has been told newspaper cartoons were insulting, discriminating and brought Maori and Pasifika into contempt. MP Louisa Wall has made a complaint.

Te Reo in primary schools supported

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The Maori Language Commission says it would support the introduction of Te Reo lessons in primary schools.

Elders' video interviews catalogued

A librarian in South Auckland is collating video interviews with kuia and koroua (grandmothers and grandfathers) from the area, to help keep their stories alive.

Moriori want heritage status for reserve

The Hapupu Reserve on the Chatham Islands.

A Moriori conservationist plans to seek world heritage status for a park on the Chatham Islands. The Hapupu Reserve is one of only two historic national parks in New Zealand.

Learning Maori 'political statement' for some

te reo sign

A Maori language expert says learning Te Reo is a political statement for some Maori and a way of showing they still exist. (AUDIO)

Editor accepts publishing cartoon caused offence

Labour MP Louisa Wall

The editor of a newspaper which published a cartoon accepts it caused offence, but defends its publication. MP Louisa Wall laid a complaint with the Human Rights Review Tribunal.

Iwi and Contact Energy launch scheme

part of marae

The tribal and charitable arms of Ngati Porou have reached an agreement with Contact Energy that they hope will help pay the power bills for 50 marae.

Labour targets Maori speaking teachers

te reo sign

The Labour Party says it will focus on increasing the number of Te Reo speaking teachers, as part of its language policy. Some in the party say Te Reo is one of their main campaign issues.

Macron signals U-turn for Te Kuiti

Te Kuiti sign with macron

People driving into Te Kūiti in the King Country this week will be greeted with new road signs.

Hearing loss more prevalent in Maori - study

Permanent hearing loss is twice as prevalent among young Maori than Pakeha - but there's no firm evidence to suggest why, research shows.

Tribunal reserves decision on cartoons

A Human Rights Review Tribunal Hearing has heard that a complaint about two cartoons should be dismissed to ensure freedom of expression is not unreasonably restricted.

Editor defends right to print cartoon

The editor of a newspaper which published a cartoon currently before a Human Rights Review Tribunal says the print media sometimes publish provocative material to spark valuable public debate.

Rangitikei iwi signs agreement with Lincoln

Lincoln University in Canterbury.

The chair of a Rangitikei iwi hopes its new partnership with Lincoln University could result in iwi members gaining doctorates in the agricultural sector.

MetService rebuked over Whanganui

Whanganui city centre.

The Maori Language Commission is calling on the MetService to start using the correct spelling of Whanganui. Crown agencies were told to use the 'h' in Whanganui in 2009.

Tech issues 'important' to young voters

Dover Samuels

Former Maori Affairs Minister Dover Samuels believes the Internet-Mana alliance could encourage first-time rangatahi Maori voters to sign up for this year's general election.

Anti-violence group supports joint approach

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The Maori arm of the National Network for Stopping Violence is praising a new report proposing Maori agencies become part of an integrated approach to combating domestic violence.

Call for integrated system to fight abuse

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The former director of the Glenn Inquiry says Maori are especially disadvantaged by the current piecemeal approach to dealing with domestic or child abuse.

Emergency role proposed for marae

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The Civil Defence Minister is supporting Northland iwi in their plans to talk about marae being used as hubs in an emergency. Te Tai Tokerau has been hit by damage caused by flooding.