Murray Chong says complaints about the flag, and the Hawera blackface debacle, are missing the point.
It comes after the parade featured people in blackface
The Hawera Mt View Lions Club said it was just celebrating cultural diversity.
The Mayor of New Plymouth said 20 percent of it should be allocated to the transition to clean energy.
The principal says the school cannot ban the game entirely.
"We've seen some promises of some funding and it's yet to eventuate."
The High Court overturned its application to mine iron sands from the seabed.
Opponents are calling it a "huge win for the oceans".
The 69-year-old driver has died after the bus drove into a ditch.
Police are looking for several men after an altercation in the hospital carpark.
Daniel Gooch, 56, was found lying on the road unconscious, and died a few weeks later.
One farmer is rubbishing the change saying "it's ridiculous".