Robert Herewini received abuse when he appeared as Santa dressed in a traditional Māori cloak of red feathers
A Māori Father Christmas who was subject to racist boos and jeers after appearing in a parade dressed in a traditional Korowai cloak has received a wave of public support in New Zealand and is to appear in a much larger Christmas parade in the country’s capital.
Earlier this month, Robert Herewini appeared as Santa in the Nelson Christmas parade, swathed in a traditional Māori cloak of bright red feathers. Korowais – such as that worn by Jacinda Ardern when she met the queen earlier this year – are worn to convey status and prestige. Herewini was referred to as Hana Koko, or Māori Santa.
‘It’s almost like during the Soviet Union, when bands used to have their gigs in secret’ – these are the words of one half of experimental electronic duo Ic3peak. The group has been caught up in a crackdown on popular music acts across provincial Russia. So much so that Ic3peak have had six of their shows shut down in the last month. The provocative imagery in their videos may be what has spooked local officials
For the electronic duo Ic3peak and their fans, even a half-finished show is like a victory
Six hours before they are due to play an underground concert at a secret location, Anastasia Kreslina and Nikolay Kostylev are stashed in an Airbnb in the southern Russian city of Krasnodar.
There’s good cause for the secrecy: as soon as the name of the venue is made public, there is a fair chance that police or local thugs could storm the club mid-set. This way, at least they will get to play a few songs before the event is shut down.
The 29-year-old, who authorities say was radicalised in prison, is still on the run
A gunman being hunted by police after killing three people and injuring 13 others after opening fire on Strasbourg’s Christmas market is a hardened criminal who was on France’s national security list as a potential terror threat, French authorities have said.
Hours before he opened fire in the city centre, the suspect had given police the slip when they went to arrest him in connection with an armed robbery and attempted murder. Explosives were reportedly found in a search of his home.
All 16,000 buses in the fast-growing Chinese megacity are now electric, and soon all 13,000 taxis will be too
You have to keep your eyes peeled for the bus at the station in Shenzhen’s Futian central business district these days. The diesel behemoths that once signalled their arrival with a piercing hiss, a rattle of engine and a plume of fumes are no more, replaced with the world’s first and largest 100% electric bus fleet.
Shenzhen now has 16,000 electric buses in total and is noticeably quieter for it. “We find that the buses are so quiet that people might not hear them coming,” says Joseph Ma, deputy general manager at Shenzhen Bus Group, the largest of the three main bus companies in the city. “In fact, we’ve received requests to add some artificial noise to the buses so that people can hear them. We’re considering it.”
Texas Democrat believes the community needs people who will ‘produce good policies’ as rumors of a presidential run swirl
Julián Castro may have the worst poker face in American politics as the Democratic party prepares for an intense contest to pick someone to try and defeat Donald Trump. Is he leaning one way on whether to announce a presidential bid in coming months? “Well, yeah,” he chuckled when asked the question at a UN gathering this week.