The people of Te Arawa are mourning the loss of Ngāti Whakaue chief, Pihopa Kingi. Kingi passed away yesterday afternoon at Rotorua hospital surrounded by whānau. He was 88-years-old.
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Mahuta says government will consider legislating Māori Council seats
The Minister for Local Government Nanaia Mahuta says the government will consider legislating Māori seats on councils in the future. This follows the latest resolution by the Whakatāne District Council to establish one or more Māori Wards.
Rotorua couple made to vacate drop-in centre for needy
A Rotorua good Samaritan couple have had a hiccup in their quest to provide free meals and social services to the community's most needy. Lara Northcroft and Wetini Mitai-Ngatai recently opened a drop-in centre in the city but will need to vacate the premises at the end of this month.
New POIFIT fitness a hit in Rotorua
POIFIT is Rotorua's new and unique fusion of cultural fitness that blends poi skills with an upper and lower body workout. The once-a-week class is proving popular attracting up to 50 participants of both haka performers and beginners.
Tūwharetoa FM quartet finalists again for Ngā Tohu Reo Māori
For the second consecutive year Tūwharetoa FM are finalist for Ngā Tohu Reo Māori Awards. Their Tūwharetoa FM Quartet's 'Talk it Over' reversion called "Kōrero Tahi' has been nominated for the Arts and Entertainment category.
Small Rotorua community oppose homeless shelter
A small Rotorua community is opposing the establishment of a shelter home for homeless women and children in their neighbourhood. Some of the opposing residents say they are concerned about the noise the shelter may bring to their quiet street.
Ngāti Whakaue confident for new Rotorua charter school
Charter school owners expect the government to change their status with some becoming special character state schools. Te Taumata o Ngāti Whakaue, who will be opening their new charter school in Rotorua, are confident the move will improve the way charter schools operate.
Tauranga Māori orchard endorses biosecurity awareness
A Tauranga-based Māori kiwifruit orchard says biosecurity is crucial to the survival of their orchards. This follows the launch of Tauranga Port's biosecurity awareness launch this week.
Ngāti Whakaue marae harness energy efficient technology
Ngāti Whakaue Assets Trust has doubled its asset base to $18.3 million since it began in 2010. It plans to distribute over $460,000 to its beneficiaries in the coming year, including support for marae sustainability initiatives.
Te Arawa champs set to impress at Mana Kuratahi haka comp
Three time regional Te Arawa primary school kapa haka champions, Te Wharekura o Ngāti Rongomai are set to impress judges at next week’s national Mana Kuratahi competition.