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NZ Maori Council calls Ministry of Education figures a disgrace

The New Zealand Maori Council has taken aim at the Ministry of Education and said they need to have a Maori led design of a plan that ensures Maori are leaving school with qualifications - anything less and they are in breach of the Treaty of Waitangi.

Submissions invited on proposal to rename Maxwell - Whanganui Council

Whanganui District Council has agreed to support Ngāti Maika hapū of Ngā Rauru Kītahi to undertake consultation which will inform their application to the New Zealand Geographic Board to change the name of Maxwell locality to Pākaraka.

Man dies after tree fall near Paeroa - NZ Police

A man has died after a tree fell on him at a rural property near Paeroa this morning.

Police were called about 11:10am.

Police remain in attendance and WorkSafe will be advised.

Puhoi Road closure for barrier installation at Arawhiti ki Puhoi Viaduct

NX2 advises people travelling through the Pūhoi area that we are starting night works to install concrete barriers on the Arawhiti ki Pūhoi viaduct across Pūhoi Road.

Unanimous vote for Māori Wards - Gisborne District Council

Public applause and cheers broke out in Council chambers this morning as Councillors voted unanimously to establish one or more Māori Wards for the Gisborne District for the 2022 and 2025 elections.

Waikato DHB Medical and Surgical Award winners announced

The best and brightest of Waikato DHB have been recognised in this year’s Medical and Surgical Awards.

Sporting champion to be honoured at Selwyn Sports Centre

One of New Zealand’s leading sportsmen and sporting administrators will be recognised at the Selwyn Sports Centre.

The weather this week: Lousy - MetService

Enjoy the placid weather today, say MetService. The rest of the week won’t be so gracious for the majority of the country.

Taupō District Council votes to introduce Māori wards

Taupō District Council has voted to introduce Māori wards for the 2022 and 2025 local body elections, with Mayor David Trewavas calling it a landmark decision.

Be prepared: Tips get your home fire-safe for summer

As summer approaches, Fire and Emergency wants people living with a risk of wildfire to act now and protect their homes from the wildfire hazard. This includes people living in rural communities, on lifestyle blocks and near town boundaries or large areas of scrub and bush.