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Rereātea- Midday News Bytes 1 December

By Aroha Mane , Wikitōria Day

Rereātea brings you the latest news live from the Māori Television newsroom.

Today Wikitoria Day and Aroha Mane take you through the top stories of the day.

Tauranga Moana iwi are mourning the sudden loss of instrumental leader Awanuiārangi Black.  Black passed away at Tauranga Hospital this afternoon surrounded by his whānau and loved ones. His iwi affiliations include Ngāti Pūkenga, Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui, and Ngāti Raukawa ki Otaki.  The 48-year-old was a driving force of Māori language initiatives and treaty negotiations. Read more here.

Despite further efforts to scope the Kaipara Harbour for the last remaining fisherman of the capsized boat 'Francie', Waitemata Police Inspector Mark Fergus says the search for Mr Taulagi Afamasaga will be suspended at midday today.  Last night the Police Eagle Helicopter conducted further aerial sweeps of the area in search of Mr Afamasaga.  Inspector Fergus says, "We have reached the point where there is no further information to support the continuation of an air and land search.  Read more here.

And many across the country are anxiously awaiting the news of the Māori king and his son.  For those that aren’t aware King Tuheitia surgery to have a kidney transplant took place yesterday and his son Korotangi was the donor.  In a sit down interview with our Te Kāea reporter Piripi Taylor this afternoon, the King’s secretary te Rangihiroa Whakaruru is expected to give us an update on their status.

Tune in to Māori Television at 5:30 for all the details on all of our top stories, or visit our website, Facebook or Twitter page.