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Rereātea - Midday News Bytes 25 October

By Kimiora Kaire-Melbourne, Wikitōria Day

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

Today Kimiora Kaire-Melbourne and Wikitōria Day take you through the top stories of the day.

Senior Police officer and Te Puea marae Chair Hurimoana Dennis is expected to offer to stand down as head of the board at a marae board meeting that will take place tonight.  This follows revelations that he will soon be charged for allegedly kidnapping a 17-year-old, which carries a maximum sentence of 14 years imprisonment.  

Education Minister Hekia Parata announced today that around $4 million will be invested to build a total of 11 new classrooms at six Waikato schools.  Parata says, “This is part of a second round of investments in new classrooms under Budget 2016, which provides $882.5 million for school property, including 480 new classrooms to meet roll growth.”  The first round of investments was announced in May and June this year.  That round saw Waikato benefit from around $30 million for the new Sylvester Primary School and the expansion of Endeavour Primary School in Hamilton.  Read more here.

This year, the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards hold the spotlight to three sensational Māori albums released over the past 12 months, who are finalists for the 2016 Te Māngai Pāho Best Māori Album.  Established in 1992 the Best Māori Album is presented to a Māori recording artist who has created an album that reflects New Zealand’s identity and indigenous culture. Kirsten Te Rito is a finalist for Āiotanga – a deeply personal collection of songs that experiment with genre to create a unique journey for the listener.  Rob Ruha is back in the running for Best Māori Album in 2016 with his album Pūmau.  New Zealand music legend Dennis Marsh is the third finalist for this year’s Best Māori Album award with his 28th album Māori Songbook 2. 

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.