International visitors could soon pay tax of up to $35 when entering New Zealand

Consultation begins today on the proposal but not everyone thinks it’s a good idea. Source: 1 NEWS

Māori Development Minister orders investigation into Whakatōhea Māori Trust Board

The Whakatōhea Māori Trust Board is being investigated at the request of Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta, who had received a range of complaints.

Michael Heron QC will lead the investigation into the governance and management of the trust and into the 2017 triennial elections of the board.

"In my capacity as Minister for Māori Development I have received a range of complaints and requests from a number of beneficiaries for an investigation into the Board," Minister Mahuta said.

"I am committed to having this investigation happen in a timely and efficient manner so that the people of Te Whakatōhea can find a resolution and are able to progress with their aspirations for the future," she said.

Mr Heron will report back to the minister in August, at which time Mahuta can assess the options.

The Whakatōhea Māori Trust Board was formed in 1952 and administers its assets for member benefits, including the promotion of health, social and economic welfare as well as education and vocational training.

Nanaia Mahuta at Ratana Pa being interviewed by Te Karere
Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta ordered the investigation. Source: Te Karere


Auckland Zoo welcomes two adorable cotton-top tamarins

Auckland Zoo has welcomed two new additions - a pair of critically-endangered cotton-top tamarins.

Primate team leader Amy Robbins says both babies and parents are doing well after they were born on Tuesday about 7pm.

"We're all buzzing about the new arrivals," she said.

"It's exciting to have our cotton top parents starting to build their troop, and being a critically endangered species makes the babies' arrival even more special."

The parents are from Germany and South America, and mum usually does the feeding while dad carries them.

They share an enclosure with three female agouti.

Auckland Zoo has welcomed two critically-endangered cotton-top tamarins.
Auckland Zoo has welcomed two critically-endangered cotton-top tamarins. Source: Supplied