Te Manu Korihi

Business programme facing closure

Aroha Mead says the process has not been respectful.

The director of the Māori Business Programme at the University of Victoria says she is devastated that it is facing closure due to declining numbers. It began in 2000. The...

Tributes for Amster Reedy

Amster Reedy.

The people of Ngāti Porou are mourning the death of respected cultural adviser Amster Reedy, who shared his knowledge with everyone from school children to top athletes.

Landlords faulted over housing - study

Housing in Brooklyn suburb, Wellington, in winter.

A study suggests landlords are blocking tenants, many of them Maori and Pasifika, from having healthier dryer homes. Some 160 tenants and homeowners in Wellington took part.

Call to change Criminal Proceeds Fund

Drug smoking equipment

A kaupapa Māori drug rehabilitation programme wants money seized from criminals to be put back into all community groups, not only Government agencies.

Leader praises community law centre

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A west Auckland community leader says a newly-opened community law centre is essential because it is helping tangata whenua know their legal rights.

Strong mussel exports for Ngai Tahu

Green shell mussels on a conveyor belt in the Marlborough Sounds.

A South Island based Maori seafood company is reporting a boom in the export of mussels this season following a poor spell last year due to drought conditions.

National welfare scheme calls on iwi

Paula Bennett

National says it will trial a scheme in which iwi would control benefits paid to rangatahi if it is re-elected into Government. It aims to reduce welfare numbers by 25 percent.

Labour pledge to review Whanau Ora

David Cunliffe.

Labour leader David Cunliffe says his party will review Whanau Ora if it is elected as the next government so he can give the public a guarantee the welfare policy works effectively.

Te Tai Hauauru candidate wary of polls

voting ballot box

Labour's candidate for Te Tai Hauauru is dismissing latest polls conducted in the Maori electorates because geographically they are too large to canvass properly and sample sizes are too small.

CORRESPONDENT - Rosemary Rangitauira

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With another election looming on Saturday, what are some of the main political issues for tāngata whenua? Te Reo Māori, education, housing and employment are on the list.

Court threat over housing accord

A building in Hobsonville is due to be finished later this year.

An Auckland tribal leader is threatening legal action to stop one of the Government's fast-tracked housing developments if the council does not consult with mana whenua.

Sub-tribes upset tribunal criticised

Chris Finlayson.

The United sub-tribes of Ngapuhi says Justice Minister Chris Finlayson should be ashamed of himself for criticising the Waitangi Tribunal.

Greens pledge items for newborns

Maori baby boy

People with new-born babies will get a flax woven sleeping pod and other items if it is voted into Government, Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei says.

Maori TV to axe three jobs

te reo sign

Maori Television has announced details of a restructure that could result in the loss of three jobs and the introduction of six senior management roles.

Mounting opposition to mining

Iwi, residents and Coromandel electoral candidates took part in the demonstration.

Opposition to gold mining in Northland's Karangahake Gorge is growing, with 300 people protesting at the site on Sunday and a public meeting planned for tonight.

US museum returns Toi moko

The Toi moko would be housed in a 'sacred place' at Te Papa.

A Toi moko - a preserved Maori head - was today transferred to the care of the national museum, Te Papa, during a ceremony at a museum in the US.

Labour criticises Tribunal appointments

The Waitangi Tribunal

The Labour Party's Maryan Street is criticising the Government's appointment today of new members to the Waitangi Tribunal, saying it is out of order so close to the election.

Peters says NZ First ethnic, gender blind

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New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has responded to an accusation by the Maori Party warning it could get rid of Maori seats if tangata whenua do not vote carefully.

Mana launches housing policy

state house in auckland

The Mana Party has launched its housing policy to help low income individuals and families to get off the street, save for their first home, and improve the state of rural housing.

Marae confident of claiming adze

Lake Onoke

A southern Wairarapa marae expects it will be the only claimant of an ancient argillite adze found at Lake Onoke. The pre-European toki was found on the shores in May.

Sub-tribes happy hearing to be held

Pita Tipene, a Ngati Hine leader, is concerned about hapu members from overseas, who are out of the loop, being nominated for seats.

The united sub-tribes of Ngapuhi say they are elated with the Waitangi Tribunal's decision to hold an urgent hearing into the approval of Tuhoronuku by the Crown to lead settlement negotiations.

Maunga Authority holds first hui

One Tree Hill in Auckland.

The first hui for the Maunga Authority, which will oversee Auckland's volcanic cones, including Maungawhau and Maungakiekie, was held today.

Mana: time for Te Reo in all schooling

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The Mana Party is demanding that a petition calling for Te Reo Maori in schools in the early 1970s is finally acted upon. Today marks 42 years since it was tabled in Parliament.

Final approval for Tainui development

Tainui Group Holdings wants to build in a semi-rural part of the city.

A Board of Inquiry has reaffirmed its draft decision and granted consent to change the Hamilton city's district plan to allow for a large development by Tainui Group Holdings.

Flavell warns Maori seats at risk

Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell.

Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell is warning tangata whenua that if they do not vote carefully, it could mean the end of Maori seats.

Call for Corrections to modify tangi policy

Inside the Otago Corrections Facility.

The Department of Corrections needs to think about tangi as being a healing process rather than a security exercise, a prison reform advocate says.

Women report more domestic violence

Stacey Pepene of Te Puna o Te Aroha

More wahine are becoming confident about reporting domestic violence, the Maori Women's Refuge in Whangarei says.

Parents delayed entry of commissioner

Te Kura Kaupapa o Whangaroa.

The Commissioner assigned to review election processes at a Northland kura says he was initially stopped from entering by parents and former board members opposed to his arrival.