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Te Uru Taumatua chairman Tamati Kruger said yesterday that Ngai Tūhoe were interested in improving the special purpose road, SH38, but from Minginui to Wairoa - not just parcels of it.  "That was our starting point and still is". Mr Kruger said they had not had any engagement from the Mayor of Wairoa, in contrast to the Whakatane District Council who were collaborating, co-operating and contributing as much as possible. Read...

Visitor numbers at Te Urewera for the summer period were low due to partial closures of the Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk track over summer. From December 2018 to February 2019 the park received 11,120 manuhiri (visitors) — 8360 New Zealanders and 2760 from other countries. This was a drop from last summer due to a partial closure of the Great Walk. Summer occupation of huts in Te Urewera was 37 percent, with 10 percent of...

The existing road that winds through Te Uruwera Forest is hard on vehicles. There are fears Government funding to upgrade the road to scenic Lake Waikaremoana will expire before any work can be done. Recently Ngāi Tūhoe, which manages the lake in the Te Urewera region west of Gisborne, came under fire from Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones after it voiced opposition to upgrade State Highway 38, which runs alongside the...

The Road to Nature

16 June 2019

Rugged, remote and astonishingly beautiful, Te Urewera is the largest wilderness region in the North Island, a primeval forest prized for its ecological systems, biodiversity and cultural heritage.   The kaitiaki (guardians) of Te Urewera are Tūhoe, said to be descended from Te Mauna (the Mountain) and Hine-pūkohu-rani (the Mist Maiden). Tūhoe – the Children of the Mist – are renowned for their fierce protection of...

Correcting View

13 June 2019

Tūhoe say they do support roading improvements around Tuai but oppose the limited approach proposed by Wairoa District Council. The iwi has made a stand against finishing sealing State Highway 38 with Government funding, and representatives have responded further to reaction over this stance. Tūhoe chairman Tamati Kruger says, "we doubly oppose the rape and pillage mentality the council is facilitating, together with its supporters, of...

Tūhoe support roading improvements around Tūai but oppose the limited approach proposed by the Wairoa District Council. Tūhoe Chair Tamati Kruger says "we doubly oppose the rape and pillage mentality the Council is facilitating, together with its supporters, of unchecked tourism at the Lake with no care or responsibility for the tourism cost on the wellbeing of the lake." READ MORE...

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