Government agencies The Māori Language Commission and Te Māngai Pāho along with independent entity Te Mātāwai appeared before the Māori Affairs Select Committee today. The committee seemed most impressed with Te Mātāwai, its audacious goals and a presentation that reinforced the direction of its Maihi Māori Strategy, but the Crown was yet to complete the Maihi Karauna which was presenting delays.
Next month the Government is expected to descend on the King Country for the 128th Turangawaewae Regatta. But where does the Government-Kīngitanga relationship stand given the Māori King's public endorsement of the Māori Party during the election campaign, and Labour’s Nanaia Mahuta taking the seat?
Frustration has flared with residents of Ōmāpere after seeing dead eels in the lake. However, the Northland Regional Council says initial levels were not high enough to trigger any human health concerns.
Former Māori Party Co-Leader Te Ururoa Flavell is braced for a return to education. Five months after his exit from Parliament the one-time boarding school principal has been welcomed on to Waikato University's Te Kohinga Mārama Marae to take a new part-time role as a Professorial Teaching Fellow.
The funeral industry will be regulated to consider Māori customs when it comes to whānau access and the management of their deceased, following an inquiry by the Māori Affairs Select Committee. Green Party MP Marama Davidson says this will make a big difference for whānau, especially when dealing with authorities.
The gates are open and the race is on for the toughest job in politics as contenders for the National Party Leadership throw their hats in the ring. Judith 'Crusher' Collins from the old guard and Ngāti Maniapoto's self-proclaimed generational change Simon Bridges the first to put in their bids.