Rereātea- Midday News Bytes 18 November

By Aroha Mane , Wikitōria Day

Rereātea brings you the latest news live from the Māori Television newsroom.

Today Aroha Mane and Wikitoria Day take you through the top stories of the day.

Today marks one year since the passing of New Zealand rugby legend Jonah Lomu.  Lomu, who passed away following a cardiac arrest, at age 40, brought the world to a stop when the news broke of his passing on November 18, 2015.  Lomu's wife, Nadene Lomu, released a statement expressing her heartfelt thanks to those who have supported the family since his death. Read more here.

Waitemata Police are appealing for public information, following the abduction and sexual assault of an 11 year-old boy in Ranui area, yesterday afternoon.  At around 3.55pm yesterday afternoon, the boy got off a train at Ranui Station and walked in the direction of Ranui Station Road, towards his home.  A man driving a grey van stopped to ask the boy for directions, but abducted him.  The man drove the boy to an unknown location and sexually assaulted him.  The offender then drove the boy back to the Ranui and let him go.  Read more here.

And Aaradhna refused to accept the Urban/Hip Hop award at last night's VNZMA's, citing implicit racism in her inclusion in the combined category, the singer instead offered the award to SWIDT.  

Tune in to Māori Television at 5:30 for all the details on all of our top stories, or visit our website, Facebook or Twitter page.