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A new cultural hub in Ruatāhuna is the third eco-friendly building for Ngāi Tūhoe, representing their values of mana motuhake and self-sustainability. Jason Renes went to the opening and explored Tūhoe’s 40-year housing strategy. This is part of a series on Māori land and housing. Hokimoana Te Rika-Hekerangi sits on the courtyard of Te Tii. Her hair is cloudy white, her moko kauae is green-black. It almost gleams when the light...

It seeks to be a central hub which breathes new life into the village and uplifts the local community. It anticipates the arrival of manuhiri to experience a Tuhoe way of life, to spend time in Ruatahuna and be introduced to Te Urewera.   The new facility will accommodate a general store, the tribal office, cafe, gas station, motel, radio station, laundry, market place, playground, community garden and other inviting outdoor...

The third building project undertaken by Ngai Tuhoe since its 2014 Crown settlement will open its doors next month.   The project, Te Tii, is a hub in Ruatahuna, and according to Tuhoe leader Tamati Kruger, is on target and on budget.   "The Ruatahuna locals tell me they are very happy with proceedings," Kruger said.   Te Tii follows Te Kura Whare in Taneatua, which was recently certified as...

The New Zealand Defence Force is providing free dental care and education in a small Bay of Plenty town as part of a two-week exercise.   The 25-member team is providing dental treatment at a temporary clinic in Taneatua which has a population of 786 and is in the traditional boundaries of the Tuhoe iwi.   Warrant Officer Class 2 Ross Heald said the programme was being conducted in partnership with the Tuhoe and Bay...

  The New Zealand Defence Force is providing free dental care and education in a small town in Bay of Plenty as part of a two-week exercise.    The 25-member NZDF team is providing dental treatment at a temporary clinic in Taneatua, which has a population of 786 and is in the traditional boundaries of the Tuhoe iwi.    The programme was being conducted in partnership with the Tuhoe iwi and Bay of...

Army dentists provide free care for Tuhoe town Army and Navy dental personnel are providing free dental care to residents in the small Bay of Plenty town of Taneatua as part of a two-week community outreach exercise. Taneatua has a population of just over 700 and is within the traditional boundaries of the Tuhoe iwi. Team leader Warrant Officer Ross Heald said it gave the 25-strong team a chance to practise their skills in the field as...

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