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 After four days without food, a trouser-less man with severe hypothermia was rescued by the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter yesterday and thanked them with a song.   The helicopter was dispatched to the Urewera Ranges to an active locator beacon yesterday.   The ranges were misty and cloudy and there was reduced visibility but a man was spotted, just before 4pm, in a clearing near a hut about 150m from the...

A remarkable tale of survival is been celebrated by crew on the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter.   A spokesperson for the rescue helicopter says the crew was dispatched yesterday by the RCCNZ to an active beacon in Te Urewera Ranges.   “Despite the stunning blue skies in Taupo the ranges were quite different with claggy misty cloud, reduced visibility, and areas of notable turbulence.   “A man was...

Te Urewera unlocked

24 May 2018

Tūhoe shares the secrets of Te Urewera   Tūhoe are welcoming visitors from around the world to learn the secrets of Te Urewera – but reckon Kiwis should be first in line.   Four years ago, the tribe assumed guardianship of Te Urewera, following the region’s change in legal status from a national park to a living entity.   Today, the 2127km2 area, which extends from the northern...

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...

OPINION: A recent stay at a marae in Te Urewera has got me thinking (and feeling).  I've been working as a waste minimisation facilitator in Māngere/Ōtāhuhu for several years now, trying to do my bit to fight the rising tide of waste in our communities through education and the finding of practical, local solutions.  But something's been missing.     The words of Lorna, a Tuhoe woman born, raised...

BABY eel, or 'elver' numbers in the Waikaremoana catchment have significantly dropped. Numbers peaked at 160,000 in 2015/16 and fell to around 30,000 last year. Veteran eel specialist and 2012 Science Communication Award winner Jacques Boubee, recently retired from NIWA, provided an update at the annual Genesis consultation meeting late last year. He said the elver trapping and measuring programme began in 1996 and became an...

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