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Why Whanganui port revamp is over budget – but could still save on costs in the end
The Te Pūwaha partners plan to publish an update on their work programmes this week.
'It really did lift my heart': Minister moved by Māori mental health efforts
The Minister said the stories he heard were powerful.
'We need to act': NZ can't slow down on climate action, Minister says
"But if we slow down too much, nothing will happen for a number of years."
'Sector must lead Future for Local Government review' – LGNZ chief
President Stuart Crosby says the LGNZ conference is an opportunity to think big.
Major new exhibition partners with tribal river entity
He Awa Ora – Living River opens on Monday, June 27.
'A real honour': Māori MP tipped for top constitutional role
Between 1993 and 1996 Sir Peter Tapsell was the first Māori to hold the role
Any-time roll change for Māori voters 'huge' improvement, says councillor
Elijah Pue says the move will help remove barriers to voting
Whanganui institute leads study of Māori brain health
Te Atawhai o te Ao is working with the Ageing Well National Science Challenge
Whanganui council protests at 'ridiculous' cost of annual conference
The council may consider quitting the local government representative body altogether.
Collective reveals master vision for Te Āpiti-Manawatū Gorge
Eleven potential projects have been identified for consideration in a masterplan.
Proceeds of Crime Fund gives $3.5m to Whanganui initiative
A mental health crisis response team will be established by four organisations.
'Three causes of community issues: alcohol, alcohol and alcohol'
In a majority vote, Whanganui District Council supported a bill to amend alcohol laws.
Whanganui River iwi hit back at Horizons councillor's claims
'There is global interest in Te Awa Tupua and what iwi are trying to achieve in Whanganui'
NSW politician seeks help from iwi to protect Australian rivers
NSW parliamentarian Mark Pearson wants similar status for the Barwon and Darling rivers
'Lipstick on a pig': Ruapehu councillor condemns Three Waters changes
Cr Adie Doyle condemned the new public shareholding model as Government spin.
City needs more investment to grow as major sports venue, promoter says
Whanganui is booked out this week.
Workers absorb iwi values guiding $50m port upgrade
The cultural sessions have been well received - but it hasn't been all smooth sailing.
Gerrard Albert: Why Whanganui River tribes have moved beyond co-governance to a new model for better democracy
Tribal leader dismisses calls for a referendum on co-governance
Local Government Commission overturns Ruapehu wards decisions
Ruapehu will now have six members from a single ward and three from a new Māori ward.
'Game-changer' for pilot school as new intake arrives
The academy is made up of 70 per cent international students.
Commission backs 14-seat council, including two for Maori
Horizons will have a 14-seat council, including two Māori seats, in the 2022 election.
Historic site restoration a boost for tribe's emotional connection to the land
The move is part of a new Jobs for Nature project.
Forty hospital staff absent as Covid cases increase
There's an increase in the number of patients with Covid in Whanganui Hospital.
Climate change approach tips balance for NZ's only Smart City
Whanganui is the only New Zealand community to make this year's Smart21 City list
'We can't just stop': Iwi collective extends rapid response rollout
The collective is extending its mobile response for several more weeks.
'More cases out there that we don't know about': Lack of testing and reporting worries iwi vaccinators
"Definitely I think there are more cases out there than we actually realise."
'It's a dog's breakfast': Ruapehu joins Three Waters revolt
Mayor Don Cameron warned the move would gain nothing but was outvoted.
'Anxiety, fear and doubt': Schools face surge in Covid-19 cases
"Once we're on the other side, we'll be able to reflect."
RAT sites in place as DHB closes testing station to ease congestion on hospital grounds
People waiting for tests last week reported queueing up to three hours
Covid-19: Virus spreads into central and western parts of North Island
The two new cases in Marton are the first reported since Saturday.
'Workplace, tamariki and a school' among testing sites in Marton Covid-19 outbreak
The Whanganui District Health Board is refusing to identify the sites
Bosses get call from iwi collective in vaccination drive
The Ranga Tupua collective says it has contacted big employers in the surrounding region.
Location of Whanganui region's two active Covid cases released
The Ministry of Health released the information after the Whanganui DHB refused to.
'Hands off our tamariki': Iwi vaccinators egged as anti-vaxxers force caution in jab rollout
Health providers are holding back on vaccinations for children in wider Whanganui region.
Ātihau-Whanganui farming incorporation appoints new leaders
Te Tiwha Puketapu has been appointed as the new chair and Che Wilson as deputy
Iwi eye back-country stations in bid to lift Māori jab rate
Some parts of rural Rangitīkei have been flagged as areas of concern.
Iwi seeks storage for food and supplies to fill 'gaps in the system'
'Our people are on the back foot in regard to economic wellbeing'
Rangitīkei Māori leader urges rural people to prepare now for Omicron
"We've been very, very lucky in this region so far, but it's just a matter of time."
Iwi collective chipping away at critical first vaccinations
Māori health providers say there are low daily numbers of first vaccinations.
Covid-19 saliva testing clinic fronts new community approach
'I don't think people will understand [what Omicron means] until it really hits us.'
River tribes draw global focus to indigenous knowledge
'It also shows how innovative we are as a people, as Whanganui, as Te Awa Tupua.'
Iwi collective targets hesitancy about vaccinating children
Te Ranga Tupua is undertaking an online information blitz.
Iwi collective's mobile Covid-19 units cop anti-vaccination flak
Te Ranga Tupua says people who decide not to be vaccinated still need support.
Rapid response teams grapple with shortage of nurses
The effort to boost Māori Covid-19 vaccinations is being hampered by a shortage of nurses.
Iwi collective's Covid-19 data system guides rapid response jab rollout
Mobile vaccination units can be sent "exactly to where the people really need us".
Indigenous trade and global problems on the table in Dubai
Ātihau-Whanganui Incorporation works on expanding honey and red meat trade at Dubai expo
Iwi collective races against time to boost Covid-19 jabs
"I almost feel like we're being abandoned, left behind"
Whanganui River tribes axe annual tribal pilgrimage
The annual two-week journey down the Whanganui River has been happening since 1988.
New share ownership model needed for Ātihau-Whanganui Incorporation
Outgoing Ātihau-Whanganui Incorporation chairwoman: "How do we keep our people close?"
Ruapehu council wants a sinking lid policy for pokies
The public can make submissions on the proposal until February 4.
Iwi collective's mobile units roll out to boost jabs
The collective is on a 15-week mission to increase vaccination rates.
Ātihau-Whanganui Incorporation chairwoman retiring
Mavis Mullins has been at the helm of the incorporation for 12 years.
Whanganui one of only five DHBs yet to reach 90 per cent vaccination
An iwi leader said many whānau thought schools closing for summer gave some protection
Vaccination numbers for Whanganui Māori lagging behind national Māori rate
Another 3781 vaccinations are needed for Whanganui Māori to reach the 90 per cent target.
Ruapehu District Council flags risk of losing staff
"We could lose a number of people" - Ruapehu District Council chief executive
Iwi collective leader urges whānau to prepare to be first-line carers
"Across the ages, we'll need to be first-line carers because the system won't cope."