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Māori News Stories for the week ending 12 December 2014

Māori News Stories for the week ending 12 December 2014

 

  • Last Friday, Auckland High Court Judge, Justice Mark Woolford, ruled in favour of the Crown’s appeal against a District Court decision to discharge without conviction Korotangi Paki on a charge of driving with excess breath alcohol.  Mr Paki is the son of King Tuheitia, and the charge relate to an incident in October 2013.  Justice Woolford convicted and discharged Korotangi Paki for the offence.  Mr Paki has been disqualified from holding or obtaining a driver’s licence for eight months.
  • Last Saturday, a book launch of a biography about Parekura Horomia was held in Tolaga Bay. The biography is entitled ‘Kia Ora, Chief’, and was written by Sir Wira Gardiner.  ‘Kia Ora, Chief’ was a common term of greeting used by the former Minister of Māori Affairs.
  • This week, the Kōhanga Reo movement gathered at Tūrangawaewae Marae, Ngāruawāhia, to consider options for new governance arrangements for its National Trust. The options were prepared by Ngā Tuara Whānui, a review group chaired by Sir Toby Curtis, following concerns about financial management and governance at the Trust.
  • The Northland Regional Council’s Te Tai Tokerau Māori Advisory Committee is proposing rates for the four councils in the Far North are collected by one agency.  The Northland Regional Council states they are owed circa $4 million of unpaid rates and penalties, with two-thirds of the said debt pertaining to Māori owned land.  Te Tai Tokerau Māori Advisory Committee also proposes that the Department of Conservation pay rates on some of the land they manage in the area.

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