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All Te Urewera catchments received significant amounts of rainfall from Ex-Cyclone Debbie resulting in many rivers exceeding historic peak flood levels. Road closures has meant access being cut off to some areas in Te Urewera. Visit Whakatane (www.whakatane@govt.nz) and Wairoa District Council (www.wairoadc@govt.nz) websites for updates on the roads into Te Urewera. Manuhiri looking to spend time in Te Urewera need to take extreme care while...

Public Health Notice

10 April 2017

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Wairoa police are urging hunters to act responsibly during the roar and adhere to the cardinal rules of firearms safety. Police say it's all about hunters looking after themselves and their companions, adding they want hunters to enjoy themselves and come home...

In the mid 1800s Crown forces invaded Te Urewera. It was the first time they used "scorched earth" tactics - raising Tūhoe kāinga at Lake Waikaremoana. But now the iwi is back - stronger than ever. Manuhiri Visitor Experience Team Leader Tina Wagner says : "This is the first building we've had here since our people were removed." Tūhoe signed an agreement with the crown in 2013. Te Wharehou o Waikaremoana has now...

Te Urewera, the mountainous homeland of Ngai Tuhoe, the Children of the Mist, spent 60 years as a national park — a brief period really, considering the place still holds evidence of its seabed origins millions of years earlier. It was disestablished as a national park in 2014, as a result of the Ngai Tuhoe Treaty of Waitangi settlement, and is now administered by the Te Urewera Board, which comprises joint Tuhoe and Crown membership....

Needle in a haystack

28 February 2017

In 1975 an amateur paleontologist made a discovery that rewrote the prehistory of New Zealand. Forty years later, Ngāi Tūhoe are leading a project that could open up a whole new chapter in our understanding of when dinosaurs walked this land. Prior to 1975, it was widely believed that there were no dinosaur fossils in New Zealand. There had certainly been marine fossils discovered, but terrestrial dinosaurs - the stuff of nightmares that we...

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