Māori King speaks out about claims against his office

The Māori King has finally spoken out about scathing claims directed at him, saying he's sad that people want to undermine his office.

Hundreds gathered as the rain fell at Tūrangawaewae Marae in Ngāruawahia, on the final day of the 12th Koroneihana celebrations.

It was King Tūheitia's first public speech since his former advisor Tukoroirangi Morgan openly criticised his leadership and the spending in his office, a week ago.

In the email, Mr Morgan said the king was a poor communicator, that his support was declining and that he was being manipulated by his chief advisor Rangi Whakaruru.

A media ban was in place at Tūrangawaewae Marae during the Koroneihana as a result of the email leak.

The Serious Fraud Office is currently investigating the King's Ururangi Trust for mis-spending.

King Tūheitia addressed the crowd outside the meeting house Māhinārangi.

"It is my duty to be straight on matters that effect the state of the Kiingitanga," King Tūheitia said.

"I am sad that there are a few people within us that wish to publicly undermined our office and therefore the Kiingitanga."

Mr Morgan's explosive email claimed Mr Whakaruru was paid a $250,000 salary, took out an $83,000 loan and had expensive cars paid for by the King's Ururangi Trust.

More than $100,000 has been spent on perfume, beauty treatments and clothes, according to Mr Morgan.

However, King Tūheitia did not address the claims specifically.

"I want to secure the stability of the Kiingitanga, so that my family and my successors no longer have to face external, evasive, demeaning actions that diminish the mana of the Kiingitanga."

He went on to acknowledge Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, the Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters, and his own people.

Earlier he told the crowd that he was filled with a great deal of joy at having reached 160 years of the Kiingitanga.

"Our ancestors created the Kiingitanga to foster unity and to help our people resist colonial oppression, and to oppose the further loss of our land."

Today marks the official 12th anniversary of the coronation of Kiingi Tūheitia Pootatau Te Wherowhero VII.

Several iwi leaders this morning paid their respects to King Tūheitia and the Kiingitanga.

There was an outpouring of love as a number of religious leaders from the Methodist, Anglican and Ringatu faiths gave prayers and paid tribute to the King.

Tukoroirangi Morgan is overseas and did not attend the Koroneihana celebrations.

By Leigh-Marama McLachlan rnz.co.nz

King Tūheitia addressed the crowd outside the meeting house Māhinārangi.
King Tūheitia addressed the crowd outside the meeting house Māhinārangi. Source: Supplied by Kiingitanga

Man in critical condition after stabbing at property near Opotiki

A man has been hospitalised in a critical condition following a stabbing at a property near Opotiki, in the Bay of Plenty, this morning.

The man has been transported to Whakatāne Hospital after he was stabbed at an address on Waiotahe Valley Road, in Waiotahi, at 7.25am.

The people involved in the incident are known to each other, police say.

Police know the identity of the suspect and are working to locate him.

A scene examination is currently being carried out at the address.

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Person in critical condition after being hit by bus in Christchurch

One person’s been hospitalised in a critical condition after being hit by a bus in Christchurch this morning.

Emergency services were called to Main North Road in Redwood around 8am.

A police spokesperson says the road has been closed and motorists are being asked to follow the direction of emergency services.

A bus driver at the wheel.

'We were really excited' - hear the voices of some of the first New Zealand women to vote 125 years ago

Today marks the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand, which made our small island the first self-governing nation to grant women the right to vote.

It wasn’t a smooth road, however, and although not as long or violent as other campaigns for the vote in the UK and US years later, Kiwi women faced their share of opposition.

A strong push for the vote began in the late 1870s when electoral bills were being put forward to Parliament which had clauses saying it gave women the right to vote, not just men.

But it was much earlier that a handful of women began advocating for voting rights for women.

“It was just a few maverick voices at that point, but it was being discussed,” says Victoria University's Professor Charlotte Macdonald.

The movement picked up steam when the Women’s Christian Temperance formed nationwide in New Zealand.

That’s when women started saying, “we want to change the politics in the places that we live”, says Professor Macdonald.

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It wasn’t just for political equality, but for moral reform to protect women, she says.

“They were saying ‘we need to organise to get the vote because without that no matter what we do we’re just going to get cast aside’.”

From there, women began a much larger campaign which involved petitioning, public meetings, writing letters to the editor and working with sympathetic MPs.

A lot of their efforts failed, but the women tirelessly continued to work for equality in voting rights.

From 1886 to 1892, a series of petitions were presented to Parliament.

“Petitioning was the only way in which women, and people outside Parliament, could have their voice heard and the British suffrage campaign was petitioning at the same time so it’s a well-known technique,” says Otago University's Professor Barbara Brookes.

“It was also a really important educationally technique because if you’re going to sign a petition people usually explain to you what it’s about.”

Nearly 32,000 signatures were obtained from women across the country including many Māori women.

It was on September 19, 1893, following another petition and electoral bill passed in the House when Governor Lord Glasgow signed the bill into law and women granted the right to vote.

When election day finally comes in November 28, 1893, 82 per cent of women over the age of 21 turn out to vote.

This changed the course of women’s lives in New Zealand leading to many policy changes for women, female MP being elected to Parliament 40 years later and eventually three female prime ministers.

And take a brief look at the journey Kiwi women took to be granted the right to vote in NZ. Source: 1 NEWS