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Jerome Partington wants New Zealanders building their own homes to shift their thinking from compliance to "doing good". He talks to Kim Dungey. Sustainable architecture expert Jerome Partington says it’s not enough for buildings to be a little  more energy efficient; they should make a positive contribution to our communities and the health of our natural systems. Auckland-based Partington is an advocate of the...

Korean man missing from Te Urewera   Wednesday, 8 February 2017 - 7:39am Eastern Wairoa Police and Search and Rescue are searching for a 59-year-old Korean man who was reported missing from the Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk in Te Urewera.    He was last seen at the Panekire Hut on 7 February 2017 and was expected to be at Onepoto by 1pm for a scheduled pick up. The alarm was raised when he was not there...

Tame Iti has returned to the Te Urewera plains where he was accused of running terrorist training camps 10 years ago - this time to focus on his artwork   Tame Iti is in his kitchen making toast.   He is back living in his home, a year back on tribal land after his time in a state prison. His family lives all around, brother out back, river at the front.    "This is Tūhoe country girl,"...

Six billion dollars. That's the scale of assets controlled by iwi which have signed settlements with the Crown. That figure could double in a decade or so, believes one expert who has studied the scope and management of iwi assets. Phil Barry, a director of corporate finance and economic consultants TDB Advisory in Wellington, sees a big rise in the Maori economy, to the point where the post-settlement iwi will have assets worth...

After visiting the iconic Te Wharehou o Tūhoe building in Tāneatua, 13-year-old Haeora Boynton-Rata, made a firm promise to become an architect. It's news that reached the Jasmax team, designers behind the one-of-a-kind building, and today Haeora's family found themselves spending the day with their architects.   Haeora Boynton-Rata spends much of his time drawing, and four years ago as a nine-year-old, he figured out a...

Te Urewera tramp cut short

18 January 2017

Hours into a six-day tramp in Te Urewera, an experienced tramper became injured and needed rescuing. Jost Siegfried 69, and Jaden Kaemfe, 14, planned to tramp from Maungapohatu to the Waimana River over six-days, beginning on...

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