29 Jan 2015

Te Manu Korihi News for 29 January 2015

From Te Manu Korihi, 6:28 am on 29 January 2015

The chair of Mangatawa Papamoa Blocks Incorporated in Tauranga says the fire that damaged part of its marae building has left people devastated; The Maori Party says it's not confident the Prime Minister's social housing announcement will deal with the immediate needs for the homeless and those living in substandard condition; An academic says multiple owners of unproductive Maori land should not have to pay their rates while wealthy non-Māori are given rates holidays by councils; An official trying to help the kauri tree survive says species such as birds, insects plants and fungi could suffer if the native rakau dies out.