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Dear Barack ...
Mana Party leader Hone Harawira has written a tongue-in-cheek letter to US President Barack Obama asking him to scrap the TPPA deal..Read more

Women soldiers recognised in change to Maori ode
The RSA has approved a change to the Maori version of the "Ode of Remembrance" to recognise women in uniform..Read more

Funding for te Reo teaching under threat
A programme teaching tens of thousands of kids Te Reo Maori throughout the country is under threat as money is poured into Asian languages..Read more

Show of Maori solidarity with Native Hawaiians
As a show of solidarity with Native Hawaiians fighting for sovereignty an Auckland university professor has lodged a criminal complaint with the New Zealand Government under the International Crimes Act..Read more

Maori representation debate in New Plymouth not over.
New Plymouth councillor Howie Tamati says he is highly embarrassed by a referendum's decision not to create a Maori ward in the district..Read more

Ruapehu transformation plan working
An action plan to transform the communities of Raetihi, Ohakune and Waiouru is making positive changes in the region..Read more

Marae; Centres of excellence
A study across 26 Te Arawa marae has found that understanding the needs of rangitahi is essential for marae to excel..Read more

Greens Flag it
The Greens have rejected Government claims that a new flag would celebrate New Zealand's independence from Britain..Read more

Labour and NZ First in rare accord on anthem
Meanwhile Labour and New Zealand First are in rare accord to have a new National Anthem..Read more

Wall to Wall
Labour MP Louisa Wall says Serco mismanagement of Mt Eden Prison shows that a private operator is not right for running prisons which needs to understand Maori cultural and identity issues..Read more

Maori business employment problems
A survey of business by the ANZ Bank has found a significant number of Maori businesses are being hampered by a lack of skilled staff..Read more

Skyping te reo
A Ruatoria whanau that has set up a novel way of teaching Te Reo Maori through one-on-one lessons using Skype has been over-whelmed by the response..Read more

Haka for teacher captures world attention
A haka by all 1700 students of Palmerston North Boys High School as the hearse carrying a former teacher pulled into the school grounds has become a worldwide sensation..Read more

Greens say secret TPPA negotiations bad for Maori
The Greens believe the Government's admission that medicine will cost more under the TTP agreement which is in its final stages of negotiations should make Maori very suspicious of what's being negotiated in secret..Read more

No legal challenge to Maori reps in Rotorua
A ground-breaking move by Rotorua Lakes Council to have Maori-elected members on key committees is to go ahead without legal challenge..Read more

Riding the train wont be the same again
Riding the train through South Auckland wont be the same again thanks to an app released as part of te wiki o te reo Maori.Read more

Whangaruru school will survive
The Trust that runs Te Kura Hourua ki Whangaruru in the north is confident the kura will survive..Read more

Greens support government immigration moves
The Greens believe the Government's move to give incentives for immigarants to move to areas other than Auckland is a good thing..Read more

Launch of new Maori legal resource
Victoria University's Law faculty has launched a new bilingual tool in conjunction with Maori language week..Read more

Survey finds Maori businesses optimistic and doing well.
An ANZ survey has found Maori businesses are out-performing non-Maori businesses and are more optimistic about the future..Read more

Grim history conspires to elimate te reo
A seven year study into Te Reo Maori has found the language was almost driven to extinction..Read more

Regional immigration plans wont work
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says the Government's plans to encourage immigrants to regions wont work..Read more

Optimism of Ngati Maru Treaty settlement
Taranaki iwi Ngati Maru is confident its on the right path for a Treaty settlement..Read more

Action needed to fight Maori asthma
Asthma researchers are calling on the Government to make fighting the illness which strikes a disproportionate number of Maori children a national priority..Read more

Local government rules discriminate against Maori
Maori local government politicians from around the country who met in Rotorua recently have expressed concern at discriminatory rules at the local council level..Read more

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Hone Harawira | Open letter to President Barack Obama
Opening lines of a letter sent to the US President Hey hey, mah bruddah!! Heard you were able to get back to your dads turangawaewae last week. Mean ! hope you had a good catch up with the whanau.I also hear you're getting ready to endorse the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), and I'm asking that you hold off, for now anyway. You might not know who I am and that's OK because I'm not that important in the scheme of things, but my people are. We're Maori, the indigenous people of a little country down here in the South Pacific called Aotearoa - you probably know it as New Zealand - and we want you to know that we don't support the TPPA; in fact we hate the bloody thing.
Raewynn Harris | 10,000 children to stop learning te reo Maori
It’s a sad fact that more than 10,000 New Zealand schoolchildren may no longer have access to our indigenous language being taught in our mainstream schools. Not a great outlook to be considering especially as we begin to celebrate a year that marks 40 years since the beginning of Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori” states Te Reo Tuatahi spokesperson, Raewyn Harrison.
Tamaki Makaurau MP Peeni Henare
The MP for Tamaki Makaurau with his weekly political catch up with Dale Husband
Arapata Hakiwai | State of Te Reo Maori address
Dr Timoti Karetu delivered a state of Te Reo Maori speech at Te Papa Tongarewa last night as Te Wiki O Te Reo Maori is about to draw to close for another year. Arapata Hakiwai gives his thoughts on the event
Maaka Pohatu | Modern Maori Quartet
Maaka Pohatu who is one of the members of the Modern Maori Quartet talks with Dale Husband about a number of concerts they are holding to fundraise to get to Asia
1 Aneta Morgan | Taunakitia te Marae
A study across 26 Te Arawa marae has found that understanding the needs of rangitahi is essential for marae to excel.Head of the research project Aneta Morgan says marae are central to the survival of the language and integral to the indentity and onging well-being of hapu and whanau.She says the study started in 2012 found three factors neccessary for marae excellence - Te Reo Maori, Succession Planning and Rangatahi engagement.
4 Arapata Hakiwai | Te Wiki O Te Reo Maori
Dr Timoti Karetu will deliver his state of the natoin speech on the health of Te Reo Maori
6 Hone Harawira | TPPA
The TPPA is a contentious issue for many as the government looks to sign up to the agreement.
More Finnians please.
WILLIE JACKSON: It was fabulous to hear a pakeha kid talking about how important it is to pronounce Maori in the last few days particularly given the fact that this is Maori language week.
Is Serco abuse racist?
MARTYN BRADBURY: The appalling intimidation, violence, organised fight clubs, rapes, assault, and one possible death that has been highlighted at the privately run prison at Mt Eden carries with it an unspoken racism.
Amazing hypocrisy
WILLIE JACKSON: Labour’s housing spokesman Phil Twyford has dominated the nations political debate with the release of figures showing that despite Chinese residents making up only nine percent of the Auckland population, house buyers with Chinese surnames brought just under forty percent of the houses sold in Auckland in a three month period earlier this year.
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