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Department of Conservation turned 30 on April 1 and Malcolm Smith, a community ranger based in Wairoa, reflected on the past three decades. DoC was formed by merging conservation aspects of the Forest Service, Department of Lands and Survey and the Wildlife Service in 1987.

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Department of Conservation turned 30 on April 1 and Malcolm Smith, a community ranger based in Wairoa, reflected on the past three decades. DoC was formed by merging conservation aspects of the Forest Service, Department of Lands and Survey and the Wildlife Service in...

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A country pub strategically located at the gateway to one of New Zealand's most remote ecotourist attractions is for sale. The Frasertown Tavern is half an hour drive to the stunning Lake Waikaremoana which plays host to a raft of walks, mountain biking tracks, caving, fishing and aquatic activities. 

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A memorial plaque for Waikaremoana whānau who do not know where their ancestors are buried will be unveiled on Easter Sunday.

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A memorial plaque for Waikaremoana whānau who do not know where their ancestors are buried will be unveiled on Easter...

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Public Health notice

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Public Health Notice

10 April 2017

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All Te Urewera catchments received significant amounts of rainfall from Ex-Cyclone Debbie resulting in many rivers exceeding historic peak flood levels. Road closures has meant access being cut off to some areas in Te Urewera. Visit Whakatane (www.whakatane@govt.nz) and Wairoa District Council (www.wairoadc@govt.nz) websites for updates on the roads into Te Urewera.

Manuhiri looking to spend time in Te Urewera need to take extreme care while interacting with Te Urewera. We advise avoiding routes and tracks where all bridges are needed to cross waterways. Manuhiri should prepare for significant track damage due to slips, tree-fall and bank erosion, and be prepared for impassable tracks.

For those Manuhiri camping in Te Urewera treat all drinking water by boiling it or using water purifying tablets.

Feedback including photos of tracks and short walks can be emailed to tina@ngaituhoe.iwi.nz or dropped off to our staff at Te Kura Whenua, Waikaremoana.

Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk Track -

Is temporarily closed until further notice, with an update due on the 12th April allowing for a full inspection of a range of critical facilities and structures to be carried out. Our Team have identified a range of significant remedial works required, and are working towards opening part of the track as soon as safely possible.

Boating on Lake Waikaremoana -

There is a significant amount of debri floating around the lake, carried down from the rivers and streams - extreme caution is necessary.

Ogilvies, Waimana Valley -

There is a slip off Ogilives and is yet to be assessed by the Council.

Te Urewera Weather

More wet weather is forecast for mid next week for Te Urewera. Visit the Metservice website for weather information for Te Urewera- www.metservice.com.

To be kept up to date go to our website www.ngaituhoe.iwi.nz or follow our Te Urewera facebook page. All those booked to do the Great Walk over the next week contact Te Urewera Visitors Centre on 06 837-803 or 06 837-3900 to make changes to your booking.

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All Te Urewera catchments received significant amounts of rainfall from Ex-Cyclone Debbie resulting in many rivers exceeding historic peak flood levels. Road closures has meant access being cut off to some areas in Te Urewera. Visit Whakatane (www.whakatane@govt.nz) and Wairoa District Council (www.wairoadc@govt.nz) websites for updates on the roads into Te Urewera. Manuhiri looking to spend time in Te Urewera need to take extreme care while...

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In the mid 1800s Crown forces invaded Te Urewera.

It was the first time they used "scorched earth" tactics - raising Tūhoe kāinga at Lake Waikaremoana.

But now the iwi is back - stronger than ever.

Manuhiri Visitor Experience Team Leader Tina Wagner says : "This is the first building we've had here since our people were removed."

Tūhoe signed an agreement with the crown in 2013.

Te Wharehou o Waikaremoana has now been open for nearly two months.

"Although we were physically removed we still had that connection here and we always have had that connection here."

It was built as part of the Living Building Challenge - constructed from non-toxic materials and recycled parts of the former DOC building.

The design features charred walls - in a chilling echo of the history here.

The building doubles as a tribal office and Department of Conservation facility.

Visitor Experience Manager, Derek Brenchley says: "You come to our entrance and we will come to you and tell you our story, you don't just rock up and rip a pamphlet out of the holder and then walk off and only get a small snippet of what you need to know."

And it's a system that appears to have paid off.

"We've noticed an increase in numbers earlier in December than previous years, and right through until after Waitangi weekend."

About three quarters of visitors are North Islanders - but there are also those from much further afield:

"United Kingdom, Australia, Germany and America," Mrs Brenchley says.

By the time summer rolls back around holiday park renovations will be finished

And - the team here says the self-contained units will be as good, if not better, than accommodation found in the city.

NZ Herald

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In the mid 1800s Crown forces invaded Te Urewera. It was the first time they used "scorched earth" tactics - raising Tūhoe kāinga at Lake Waikaremoana. But now the iwi is back - stronger than ever. Manuhiri Visitor Experience Team Leader Tina Wagner says : "This is the first building we've had here since our people were removed." Tūhoe signed an agreement with the crown in 2013. Te Wharehou o Waikaremoana has now...

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