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If we have a responsibility to care for and nurture nature, perhaps each species could be given personhood and guardians to exercise it on behalf of the members of that species, suggests Victoria University's Catherine Iorns Magallanes Parliament recently made a river a legal person and gave it a name, Te Awa Tupua: “Te Awa Tupua is a legal person and has all the rights, powers, duties, and liabilities of a legal person.” This...

Artist Tame Iti is so impressed by the work of young creatives from James Street School he has invited them to exhibit their pieces at the Taneatua...

It’s always an exciting moment when you can say ‘we’re out of the ground’, meaning you’ve gotten through the bulk of earthworks, ground conditions are ticked off and you’re into foundations of the building.    This moment is even more satisfying when your site has been hit by not one, but two cyclones; when the main access road has been closed due to slips and washouts; and when...

The lack of civility so often ascribed to Tame Iti is now ascribed to the Crown and Government thanks to the activist's representation in the media, writes Dr Julie Cupples We are all familiar with the white celebrities—George Clooney, Bob Geldof, Bono, Angelina Jolie—who publicly embrace humanitarian causes and become famous for their activism as well as their acting, musical or sporting talent. There is, however, an...

ROADING and track closures are catching out some visitors to Lake Waikaremoana who are not aware of the partially-closed status of the Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk and SH38 on the Whakatane side. Storm damage in April closed the Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk between Korokoro campsite and Hopuruahine landing. The only access into Lake Waikaremoana is on State Highway 38 on the Wairoa side of the lake. The Lake Waikaremoana website...

Achieving Living Building status for Tūhoe's headquarters in Tāneatua has been a long and arduous road. But the tribe's chairman, Tamati Kruger, says the outcome has been worth it. First raised by Tūhoe Establishment Trust, the idea was to build a modern headquarters after the trible settled its Treaty grievances with the Government. The forerunner to the tribe's post-settlement governance body, Te Uru Taumatua, the establishment...

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