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Resources for claimants to the Waitangi Tribunal 

Ngati Hine leader Pita Tipene. de Graaf

Photo: Northern Advocate / supplied

How bad is the resourcing gap between the Crown and claimants before the Waitangi Tribunal? This week some of the Tribunal's hearings focused on the organisation itself and the difficulties some Maori have in gaining access to resources for which to mount an effective claim. Ngati Hine leader Pita Tipene likened the Crown to a predatory hawk and Maori to kiwi poking about in the dark. 

Making blood donations fairer for gay, bisexual and takatapui men

Kevin Haunui

Photo: Kevin Haunui

A major study which looks at making blood donations fairer for gay, bisexual, takatapui men is almost finished. Led by the University of Auckland in partnership with Otago University, researchers want to hear from about four thousand people to help target ways of improving current policy around blood donations. As it stands men who have sex with men are excluded from donating blood for three months since last sex due to the HIV epidemic but many who want to donate see the policy as discriminatory. The lead researcher for the study is Kevin Haunui and he says the study will conclude in mid-August

Te Pou to launch a new digital theatre

If you're keen to experience Maori theatre but can't get to one, then don't worry because some Auckland based performers are about to launch a new digital theatre than can be accessed across the motu. Next month Te Pou Theatre is opening Whare Whakaari Matihiko with online streamed performances. Amber Curreen is one of Te Pou's directors and says going forward they would like to offer a hybrid of live in-person and streamed performances.

Amber Curreen

Photo: Amber Curreen