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Tūhoe has opened a new building at Ruatahuna and is now looking to develop two housing projects in the village. The building, officially opened last weekend, includes at 24-hour fuel stop, cafe and laundry as well as tribal offices. Tamati Kruger, who chairs the Tūhoe post settlement organisation, Te Uru Taumatua, said the building cost $12 million and the aim was to reinvigorate Ruatahuna. Read...

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...

Every two years Te Hui Ahurei a Tūhoe invites Ngāi Tūhoe descendants to come together and celebrate their unique reo and culture. But how do urban Tūhoe express their Tūhoetanga when they live away from the lands of their tīpuna? Jason Renes attended this year’s festival to find out.   There is mist around Rotorua on the first morning of this year’s Te Hui Ahurei a Tūhoe. It isn’t the same dense and murky...

The legal personification of Te Urewera represents a world first in land rights and management of natural places. Tamati Kruger, chairman of both Te Urewera Board and Tūhoe Tribal Authority, Te Uru Taumatua says it calls for a bringing together of two world views, a healing of past hurts, and relearning for the Tūhoe people. Above all, the new status recognises a relationship that is at one with nature, not ownership of an asset governed by...

Tensions within Tūhoe in the wake of their $170 million Treaty settlement were evident when 13,000 members of the iwi met in Rotorua at the weekend for the two-yearly Te Hui Ahurei a Tūhoe festival.   However, the iwi's post-Treaty of Waitangi settlement entity, Te Uru Taumatua (TUT) was noticeably absent from this year's event.   TUT chairman Tamati Kruger said there was no reason for the authority to have...

Residents of a small Bay of Plenty town credit the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) for helping reverse a generation of dental health neglect after about 550 adults were provided dental treatment as part of a two-week exercise.   Feedback from the patients has been overwhelmingly positive.   “Big mihi to the NZDF for helping our people. Now everyone is smiling again,” one patient...

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