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Cook Islands: Rangatira and Mataiapo form the base and middle ranks of traditional leadership among Cook Islands Maori - their national body, the Koutu Nui, celebrate their 30th anniversary on Thursday. Tahiti: Maohi in French Polynesia face a legacy of massive deficits, warns new President Oscar Temaru, according to media reports as the Flosse "style" of government is given its first draft in history. Aotearoa: Maori lawyers have their own law society - and are using it to sue police. They also want a separate health, education and justice system for Maori. Aotearoa: Tariana Turia is not expected to face any difficulties in her by-election for Maori seat of Te Tai Hauauru - despite a challenge from the Legalise Cannabis Party. Nominations closed on Tuesday for candidates. Aotearoa: A two day conference offering practical information for people passionate about Maori success in farming, forestry, horticulture and business is to be hosted by Massey University on July 8 and 9. Aotearoa: Tainui and Hamilton Airport are at loggerheads over a six hectare piece of land which threatens to hold up part of a $51 million commercial development at the airport. Aotearoa: A Maori law society's attempt to charge the police force with theft was dismissed in the Whangarei District Court this morning.