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Two prominent Māori langiuage experts have voiced their opposition to a decree from their tribal authority. Te Uru Taumatua have dropped the 'ng' in written publications in an attempt to affirm the distinctive dialect of Tūhoe. Te Okiwa McLean reports. Te...

Some Tuhoe are reclaiming their dialect by dropping the 'g' in the word 'ng' when writing and speaking māori. Te Uru Taumatua Chairman Tamati Kruger says if your language is your identity, it is dialect which identifies who you are and where you come from. Te Kawa o Te Urewera, written in Tūhoe dialect by Te Uru Taumatua is missing the 'g' in 'ng'. Tūhoe leader Tamati Kruger says there is no 'g' in the...

This Saturday and Sunday Taneatua will be alive with creativity as the Tuhoe Gallery presents the Art and Activism Workshop. For artists and community activists and run by Mou Mou movement, the workshop includes five sessions over the two days and a number of guest speakers including Tame Iti, Tamati Kruger, Maria Steens, Ati Teepa and Amo...

Water features will ensure Waikaremoana Tribal Authority's new visitor centre is in keeping with its rainforest...

Tanatana Marae in Waimana has won the commercial/industrial architectural design section award. The award is based on Ngāti Rere's new building which cost $300,000.  This project is about incorporating traditional ideas with a contemporary twist. Marae committee representative Martin Rakuraku told Te Kāea they wanted to move with the times, “We thought we would incorporate a house to cater to two purposes; a place to mourn and...

Can a stretch of land be a person in the eyes of the law? Can a body of water? In New Zealand, they can. A former national park has been granted personhood, and a river system is expected to receive the same soon. The unusual designations, something like the legal status that corporations possess, came out of agreements between New Zealand’s government and Maori groups. The two sides have argued for years over guardianship of the...

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