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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...

The damage inflicted by ex-tropical cyclones last autumn were discussed at Genesis Energy's annual Waikaremoana consultative meeting. Key maintenance challenges Genesis dealt with last year included damage to the Kaitawa tailrace from erosion at the Kaitawa carpark. Read more...

The Waitangi Tribunal has published its complete Te Urewra report into the claims of the Urewera region. Although the report had previously been released in pre-publication parts on the Tribunal's website, to assist Treaty negotiations, this is the first hardcopy publication of the extensive 4182-page report. The publication of the report is the culmination of a 30-year process of receiving claims, commissioning research, holding public...

Te Kawa o Te Urewera - FMC

30 November 2017

Between 1954 and 2014, the forest and ridges of Ngāi Tūhoe's homeland were largely part of Te Urewera National Park. That changed in 2014, when the area's national park status was rescinded, and instead administration of Te Urewera passed to the Te Urewera Board, made up of Tūhoe and Crown representatives. Federated Mountain Club (FMC) had to consider deeply where we stood with respect to the creation of Te Urewera through the Ngāi...

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