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Racism alive and well on the West Coast, health study finds video

The study heard from people who felt unwelcome in some spaces, including one interviewee who said they felt out of place ...

5:16 PM  A study of Māori living on the West Coast has found racial bigotry is alive and well in the region and poses a challenge for whānau trying to raise healthy, confident children.

West Coast councils ready to pause SNAs over Government 'indecision' video

The area of Graham Gordon's property near Stillwater on the West Coast that has been classified as a significant natural ...

5:04 PM  West Coast leaders are about to press pause on significant natural areas, citing indecision by government ministers and a lack of clarity on how to proceed.

Saving a village for $15,000

The 85km Timber Trail follows old logging tramways and tracks through Pureora Forest Park.

Maniaiti/Benneydale would all but disappear if a modest contribution to draw tourists to the nearby Timber Trail was scuttled, local leaders say.

Māori wards for King Country? There's a delay. video

Waitomo District Mayor, John Robertson says “...we would like it to be driven by iwi, their guidance and their advice.”

A wrong decision and poor advice have been blamed for Waitomo District Council pushing Māori wards on the council out to the 2025 election.

Long stays at whitebaiting site may be numbered

The Marlborough District Council wants to scrap a permit which allows whitebaiting fishers to camp along a river for ...

A provision allowing freedom camping at a popular fishing spot on the Wairau River for four months could be scrapped, upsetting whitebaiters.

Iwi send back partnership deal for stronger rules

South Taranaki District Council chief executive Waid Crockett says council's work with iwi is about collective ...

Iwi have pushed pause on a new partnership plan with the South Taranaki District Council to strengthen the rules.

Significant Natural Areas: What you need to know video

A Stop SNAs protest hikoi on Kaitaia's main street on Thursday, en route to Far North District Council's Kaikohe office.

EXPLAINER: There's huge opposition in the Far North to Significant Natural Areas being brought in but why? We break it down.

Whanganui River taonga stolen during a siege is a step closer to home

Te Koanga o Rehua memorial was fashioned from an upturned waka hull standing 5m talls at Pipiriki, for rangatira, Te Mahutu.

The taonga, an obelisk made from the hull of a waka nearly 5m tall, is a monument to Te Mahutu, a rangatira of the Pipiriki area.

Change in police procedures fuels growing mental health and addiction referrals video

Counties Manukau Health announced this week that Middlemore Hospital's emergency department had reached near capacity ...

Police in south Auckland say they are under pressure dealing with increasing numbers of people who are intoxicated, or have mental health issues.

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