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Prison lockdown dragging on
As people start back to work with the drop to COVID-19 alert level 3, prisoners remain locked in their cells for up to 23 hours a day..Read more

New job centres as jobless numbers jump
Thirtyfive new employment centres across the country have been set up to work with employers and job seekers as part of a Government strategy launched today..Read more

Ministry of Health: 3 new cases of COVID-19
Media Release: 3 new cases of COVID-19.Read more

Hundertwasser Centre back on track
Regional Economic Growth Minister Shane Jones says the Provincial Growth Fund will address the extra cost COVID-19 conditions may add to projects like the Hundertwasser Arts Centre and Maori Gallery in Whangarei..Read more

Homeless fears eased by motel extension
Auckland City Missioner Chris Farrelly says he’s seeing a positive difference in the lives of homeless people who were placed in motels for the COVID-19 lockdown..Read more

Hayes relaxed as pressure mounts on leader
With National Party leader Simon Bridges under pressure from caucus members over his response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the party’s Maori development spokesperson is saying que sera sera..Read more

Kai gathering rules ease as alert level drops
Restrictions on Māori customary rights to fishing and food gathering have been loosened as part of today’s shift to COVID-19 Alert Level 3..Read more

Taranaki iwi launch checkpoints
Just because the COVID-19 alert level is dropping a step doesn’t mean Ngā Iwi o Taranaki are dropping their guard..Read more

COVID response sets scene for further reforms
The chair of the Iwi Leaders’ pandemic response group says he would like to see the same commitment put into tackling COVID-19 put into tackling other persistent epidemics and social problems..Read more

Checkpoints need to be public health stations
Deputy Police Commissioner Wally Haumaha is encouraging iwi who have been operating community checkpoints to work out how they can modify their activities to fit with the increased traffic that will happen under COVID-19 Alert Level 3 restrictions..Read more

Ngai Tahu Tourism shut-down adds to Rotorua woe
A Rotorua tourism identity says the town is suffering from the collapse of tourism because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but it will recover..Read more

Kai mahi hauora upset by inconsistent guidelines
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation want to see a standardised national framework for responding to COVID-19..Read more

COVID-19 claims tenth life in Rosewood cluster
A second resident has died in the hospital unit at Christchurch's Rosewood Rest Home of probable COVID-19..Read more

Ministry of Health: 5 new cases of COVID-19 2
Media Release: 5 new cases of COVID-19.Read more

DIY service replaces dawn parade
A former serviceman is encouraging people to hold their own Anzac ceremonies at home tomorrow..Read more

Put up or shut up Te Aho tells Nash
An organiser of checkpoints in the Eastern Bay of Plenty says Police Minister Stuart Nash should insist police do their job to keep communities safe from COVID-19 rather than wrongly call the rāhui illegal..Read more

Auckland Council gives tick to Maori COVID response
Auckland Council’s Emergency Management Group has set up Māori-focussed team working alongside iwi, hapū, whānau and marae to identify and bridge gaps in the delivery of welfare services during the COVID-19 lockdown..Read more

Pressure on to phase out checkpoints
Police say they will work with iwi, councils and the local Civil Defence managers to assess whether community checkpoints are needed or if there can be other ways to keep communities safe from the spread of COVID-19..Read more

Tribe's motel units provide shelter for homeless
Whakatane-based Ngāti Awa is using motels owned by its White Island Tours subsidiary to house the homeless during the COVID-19 lockdowns..Read more

Cases fall but COVID deaths continue
There have been two more deaths from COVID-19..Read more

Tough cut for tourist town hairdresser
Devastating is how a Rotorua small business owner is describing the effects of the COVID-19 lockdown on the tourism town..Read more

Ministry of Health: 3 new cases of COVID-19
Media Release: 3 new cases of COVID-19.Read more

Expert advice smoothes progress of Whenua Maori Bill
The chair of the Māori affairs committee says taking a practical and incremental approach is paying off, with changes to Māori land law set to move through parliament..Read more

Threat to south Taranaki seabed continues
Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Ruanui is gearing up for yet another court battle with the company that wants to mine the seabed off its coast..Read more

Kohanga Reo says too risky to reopen
Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust is advising kōhanga reo to remain closed under COVID-19 Alert Level 3..Read more

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'Te Hononga' Urban Māori Stories
Latest Roy Morgan Poll another glimmer of hope for Maori Party
Martyn 'Bomber' Bradbury: This weeks Roy Morgan Poll is another unprecedented blow to the National Party and is proof positive Labour has made impressive inroads to the previously solid National voting bloc.
Dr Rawiri Taonui | COVID Māori Weekly Update 2 June | Echoes of the Spanish Flu Second Wave
Dr Rawiri Taonui: The latest data to 27 May shows improved testing of Māori and Pacific communities. The National Average for testing by ethnic group is 50 tests per1000 people. An acceptable range is +/- 20% of that figure (between 40 to 60 people per1000 of the population).
National's passive racism highlighted in Muller reshuffle
Martyn 'Bomber' Bradbury: If you intend to take over a political party, your motivation to do so should be driven by a deep political belief that you have better ideas than the current leadership and that those ideas are filled with so many self-evident truths that your disloyalty is forgiven and a better set of ideas put in place under your leadership and authority.





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