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Six60 play record-breaking show in Hastings, and soon in Wellington


News from Six60
Six60 Saturdays 2021 arrived in Hastings tonight for the biggest show the town has ever seen. 22,000 Six60 fans jammed into Tomoana Showgrounds to witness New Zealand’s biggest band play an energetic and hit filled two-hour set. Tonight’s ticket sales surpassed last week’s show in Waitangi to become the largest attended concert of 2021. Read more »

Stand-out performances and enthralling battles at Potts Classic

News from Athletics New Zealand
A resident record, some blistering sprint performances, top quality throws and an enthralling battle for the New Zealand 3000m Championship men’s title provided the highlights of an pulsating day of action at the Potts Classic in Hastings. Read more »

Second woman charged with murder after man shot dead in Karori

News from NZ Police
Police have charged a second woman with the murder of Rau Tongia in Karori on 20 December. The 24-year-old is due to appear in the Wellington District Court on Tuesday. Read more »

Search for missing kayaker suspended, after six days

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News from NZ Police
The search off the Wellington coast for missing kayaker Koyren Campbell has been suspended. Read more »

Head of Oranga Tamariki stepping down; Wira Gardiner will be temporary leader

Report from RNZ
Controversial Oranga Tamariki chief executive Grainne Moss has decided to step down.

It comes after repeated calls for her to resign amid a number of scathing reports bringing the Ministry into question.

Moss has been under pressure since a Newsroom investigation into attempts by social workers to remove a week-old baby from its mother in Hawke’s Bay sparked multiple inquiries and reports.

In a statement, Moss said it has been a privilege to lead the ministry for over four years through a time of significant transformation, challenge and change. However, it was the right time for the agency for her to step down and make way for new leadership.

“I feel the focus has been on me rather than how we work together to improve the well-being of children,” she said.

Public Service Commissioner Peter Hughes said Moss is a dedicated public servant and leader who had made a number of significant improvements in what was one of the biggest and toughest roles in the public service.

“I commend Mrs Moss for doing what is, at this time, in the best interests of the agency,” Hughes said. “What she has done today is selfless.”

She has accepted a new role as the chief executive leading the public service’s pay equity work.

“Mrs Moss led the successful pay equity claim for social workers at Oranga Tamariki- Ministry for Children and was also part of the team which developed and delivered pay equity to aged care workers. As such she has significant experience and expertise,” Hughes said.

Sir Wira Gardiner will step in as acting chief executive while the recruitment process for a new head will be underway shortly. Sir Wira (Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Pikiao, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui and Te Whakatōhea) has been involved in significant interactions between the Crown and iwi on Treaty settlements and negotiating between parties on complex issues. He was the founding director of the Waitangi Tribunal, head of the Iwi Transition Agency, and founding chief executive of Te Puni Kōkiri, the Ministry of Māori Development.

Last month, one of Oranga Tamariki’s most senior Māori leaders, Hoani Lambert, resigned, saying that his departure was not a protest against Moss. When asked last year about rumours of her departure, Moss remained adamant she had the confidence of her leadership team and was committed to her work at the ministry.

The Minister for Children, Kelvin Davis, has refused to express his confidence in Moss.

On 14 December when Moss confirmed Lambert had resigned, she said she would not step down. She said she was looking forward to continuing the work of Oranga Tamariki.

In November Moss also refused to step down following a submission to the Waitangi Tribunal’s urgent inquiry into Oranga Tamariki in which she admitted the children’s ministry was yet to eliminate structural racism, or fully adopt the recommendations of a 1998 report.

Dame Tariana Turia is among those who have insisted Moss should step aside. During the Waitangi Tribunal hearing investigating the ministry’s role in uplifting Māori babies from their whānau Dame Tariana said Moss “kept on blaming the Crown” for the shortcomings at Oranga Tamariki which was an unusual approach. She said she did not have confidence in Moss.

Fewer jobs but higher salaries in Wellington – we’re still highest paid in NZ

News from Trade Me Limited
After a year of uncertainty, New Zealand’s job market came out of 2020 looking considerably better than expected, according to analysis of over 55,500 vacancies listed on Trade Me Jobs for the quarter ending 31 December. Read more »

Woman charged with murder in Karori, now in custody

News from NZ Police
A woman appeared in the Wellington District Court today, charged with murder in relation to the death of Rau Tongia who was shot dead in Karori on 20 December. Read more »

Shelly Bay occupiers: “we can wait”

Report from RNZ by Harry Lock
“We are resolute, we can wait.” That’s the message from iwi members and protesters occupying land on Wellington’s Shelly Bay. Read more »

Agency seeks help to attract events to the new Convention Centre

The Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency, which describes itself as “the agency tasked with making the Wellington region wildly famous,” has been looking for a “seasoned” person to attract new business events. Read more »

Death of Bill Sheat, a major influence on our cultural life

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William (Bill) Sheat, who died in Lower Hutt this week, completed more than seven decades as an innovative leader in the creative arts, not only in Wellington but also throughout New Zealand. Read more »

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