It's been 17 years since Northland last hosted the Ngā Manu Kōrero National Secondary School Speech Competition. On Tuesday Whangarei welcomed schools from across the country for this meeting of national significance.
The land, Pekapeka land block is 600 acres and hap want it back but Council want to turn from leasehold into freehold. Land sales that would not see a single cent go to Māori. It's a land dispute that sparked the NZ Land Wars back in the 1860s when the Crown confiscated the land and later gifted it to local authorities where it has been leased.