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11 September 2018

Te Urewera This area may not have created an official bilingual status, but as with many things in Te Urewera, it doesn't need to tell others about it, it just is. The isolation of Te Urewera has ensured it's a real-life Wakanda as depicted in the Black Panther movie — a bastion of indigenous life. The people of Tūhoe have a different Māori language story from other iwi, largely retaining their native tongue through this...

I owe the people of Tūhoe an apology. I have trouble pronouncing Māori words properly, and back in 2010 did a woeful job on Te Urewera - or as I called it on air, 'U-re-wear-raz'. I can't even begin to describe in writing how mangled this came out, but it undermined the credibility of the important story I was trying to tell. It was disrespectful to Tūhoe and I regret it to this day. I apologise for that. Like many Kiwis,...

Camaraderie and common sense saw an estimated 1000 cubic metres of slip material with at least half covering the main Lake Waikaremoana road, safely removed by Quality Roading and Services last month. Read...

 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...

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