'It is a taonga' - Green Party renew calls for compulsory Te Reo Māori in school by 2025

The Green Party are renewing calls to prioritise compulsory Te Reo Māori in schools by 2025. 

Green co-leader Marama Davidson told media the party would re-affirm their stance on universal te reo in schools. 

"We have a responsibility to ensure that our indigenous language not just survives, but thrives in Aotearoa, and introducing all children to it at school is one of the best ways to make that happen," Ms Davidson said. 

Ms Davidson said "quite a bit" would need to be done in terms of resourcing, which included possibly holding a summit at the end of the year, providing scholarships and promotion of teaching te reo. 

"It is a taonga, unique to our idenity, unique to our economy, our society, to our culture and our communities," Ms Davidson said on TVNZ1's Breakfast this morning. 

"We need this to happen now, so that our beautiful first language thrives in Aotearoa. The Green Party is leading the way towards making te reo a core curriculum subject."

Union NZEI welcomed the call, and called for Te Reo Māori lessons to begin in early childhood education. 

NZEI Matua Takawaenga Laures Park said they had been calling for "Te Reo Māori to be a core curriculum subject for a number of years now. There is strong public support for this, and it is time for the Government to act." 


The Greens want students Year 1 to 10 to have access to learn the language. Source: Breakfast

Forensic investigation underway after man’s body found in house in Auckland’s Grey Lynn

A police presence remains at a central Auckland house where a body was found.

The body of a 55-year-old man was found inside a Murdoch Road address in Grey Lynn last night.

A forensic team are carrying out their investigations this morning.

One forensic investigator could be seen taking swabs from a pair of sneakers, while another was wiping down an iPad.

The house is next to a Samoan early childhood centre, Mata'aga A’oga Amata.

The man has not yet been named by police.

A forensic team is carrying out their investigations this morning. Source: 1 NEWS

One person critically injured after car being hit by car in Christchurch

One person has been hospitalised in a critical condition after being hit by a car in Christchurch today. 

St John confirmed to 1 NEWS two ambulances and a scene manager were sent to Gloucester Street at around 8.55am following the incident. 

The person has been transported to Christchurch Hospital. 

Two other people were also injured following the incident, including one person with minor injuries and another with moderate injuries.

The pair were assessed and treated at the scene. 

The Serious Crash Unit is investigating.

Three people were injured in the incident on Gloucester Street at around 8.55am. Source: 1 NEWS


Te Tari: Labour's Peeni Henare on being a teen dad and why te reo shouldn't be compulsory

Te Tari [The Office] took a look around Tāmaki Makaurau MP Peeni Henare's working space. 

Minister for Whānau Ora, Youth and for the Community and Voluntary Sector told TVNZ1's Q+A reporter Whena Owen about how he became a father at 16, why he disagrees that Te Reo Māori should be compulsory and revealed which eight MPs he is related to. 

This week on Q+A’s Te Tari [The Office], Whena Owen goes inside MP for Tāmaki Makaurau Peeni Henare’s workplace. Source: Q+A

Cop car's bonnet stomped during out-of-control car scene event in Christchurch

A police vehicle suffered minor damage after a disorderly mob descended on it as officers responded to an out-of-control car event on Saturday night.

Police confirmed they attended a callout on Sawyers Arms Road about 11.15pm on Saturday night, where multiple cars and people were blocking the roads.

"A police patrol vehicle was set upon on arrival," a police spokesperson said.

"A deterrence operation was undertaken by police to prevent further anti-social behaviour."

Footage posted online from the event show crowds of people numbering in the hundreds, with many drivers taking turns to do burnouts and skids.

The cars pictured are typically high-powered modified vehicles.

Police said no arrests were made and no injuries were reported, and also said they are making further inquiries into the event.

Organisers of the event posted on the page that further such events are planned for the future.

Christchurch has long had an issue with "boy racers", and introduced a bylaw in 2010 banning "cruising", but police have admitted it is difficult to police.

According to the Land Transport Act, it is prohibited to drive in convoys that impede traffic flow, or to repeatedly cruise the same stretch of road in a manner which "draws attention to the power or sound of the engine of the motor vehicle being driven".

A "skid pad" was available at Christchurch's Ruapuna Speedway up until 2016, but it was formally discontinued due to a lack of use.

The organiser of the event has been approached for comment.