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Tāneatua will soon boast the country's most beautiful police station as plans progress for the rebuild of the station destroyed by fire 18 months ago. Draft plans for the community's new police base were unveiled at a meeting late last week and show a building similar to Tūhoe Te Uru Taumatua landmark living building. Area commander Stuart Nightingale described the first draft of the police base as "absolutely...

Tāmati Kruger speaks to Rod Oram about Tūhoe's response to Covid-19 in the Te Urewera mountains, and how the iwi is looking to a much stronger New Zealand society that's aware of its obligations to be a far wiser caretaker of our natural resources   Ngāi Tūhoe is coming through the Covid-19 crisis with a much stronger sense of mana motuhake, says Tāmati Kruger, chair of the iwi who are guardians of the Te Urewera...

  "I was lucky enough to spend the months between September and December in Waikaremoana working for Te Uru Taumatua, the Nāi Tūhoe* tribal authority, and seeing first hand how Waikaremoana, the iwi organisation and Te Urewera Board’s kaitiakitanga of the former national park (now its own legal entity) was going up at the lake.   I’ve been back in Auckland for a few months now. I planned to be back in...

Māori leaders are backing calls for the government to lift the ban on hunting during alert level three, but only to whānau who rely on it to feed themselves.   Hunting is currently prohibited under alert level 4 due to the risk it poses if someone hurts themselves and need to call emergency services.   Under normal circumstances going out to the bush is exactly what thousands of hunters in New Zealand would be...

Allowing hunting and other recreational activities in Te Urewera would put small communities at risk, a Tūhoe chairman has said.    Te Urewera Board chair Tāmati Kruger said Tūhoe reviewed its responsibilities as voice of the land, and confirmed that protections currently in place within Te Urewera at Alert Level 4 would remain under Level 3.   That meant all Te Urewera huts, campgrounds, boat ramps, walks...

Lake Waikaremoana will remain closed to the public during Alert Level 3.   Te Urewera Board chairman Tamati Kruger said the huts, campgrounds, boat ramps, walks (including the Waikaremoana Great Walk) and freedom camping areas will remain closed at Alert Levels 3 and 4. Hunting and fishing would also not be permitted in Te Urewera at those alert levels either.   This was to protect the health and safety of potential...

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