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Tuhoe Te Uru Taumatua, New Zealand Fire Service, the Taneatua Community Board and Taneatua Lions have raised money to mount smoke alarms, free of charge, in all homes in Taneatua, Ruatoki, Waimana, Waikaremoana, Matahi and...

Tribe housing manager Max Temara said the decision to roll out the free devices had been prompted by a house fire in Taneatua, which lead to the death of a grandmother. The first were put into Ruatoki properties, with other communities to follow. He said interest from local people has been great and they've been opening their doors. Mr Temara said the initiative was about Tuhoe taking responsibility for the families, their communities, and...

he Urewera-Tuhoe Bill is another step towards being made law. The House sat under extended hours on Thursday to pass the second reading of the bill. It includes an apology from the Crown and a $170 million compensation payment, and sets up Te Urewera National Park as its own entity. The Maori Affairs Select Committee received 66 submissions on the bill, 42 in favour and 14 opposing it. Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples said the bill...

A tribe in the Ohope area of Bay of Plenty wants a freeze put on the Tuhoe Treaty settlement legislation. Treaty settlement agreement between the Crown and Tuhoe. Photo: RNZ Te Upokorehe is part of the Tuhoe agreement with the Crown but doesn't want to be, arguing that its territory should not be part of the arrangement. It has taken the matter to the High Court and wants the Parliamentary process stopped until a judge...

A Bay of Plenty tribe has lost another round in its fight against the Tuhoe Treaty settlement. Te Upokorehe says its territory has been wrongly included in the Crown's agreement with the larger iwi and it objects to being identified as a beneficiary of the Tuhoe settlement. But the Maori affairs select committee has rejected a plea to step in and stop the Tuhoe legislation. It says members of Te Upokorehe who are affiliated to Tuhoe...

A Ruatoki family has been left shaken after the armed offenders squad woke them in the dead of the night, ordered them outside and held them at gunpoint. While they found nothing, the family say no explanation or apology was given by the police.  The incident has re-traumatised the small Ruatoki community who are not only still grappling with the 2007 terror raids but also another AOS raid in 2012.  Read the original Native...

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