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A 40-year-old visitor centre earmarked for demolition in Te Urewera National Park is a unique and increasingly recognised building that deserves to be saved, architects say.   The New Zealand Institute of Architects is appealing for a reprieve for the 1976 Aniwaniwa Visitor Centre.   The building, which was commissioned by the Department of Conservation, was designed by John Scott, a pioneer Maori architect whose...

Architects around the country are fighting to save a significant building in Te Urewera from the wrecker's ball.   The Institute of Architects said it was dismayed by the Department of Conservation (DoC)'s decision to demolish the Āniwaniwa Visitor Centre.   The building was designed by the late John Scott, who also designed the Futuna Chapel in Wellington, which is held up as one of...

OWNERS of the Taneatua Liquor Store wanting to extend their business times by one hour will have their application heard today. Now, the store closes between 2pm and 4pm to avoid the hours when school children walk past the shop. The business opens again from 4pm until...

Our people are our wealth

16 August 2016

I climb to the summit of my mountain to see the lands of my ancestors. Maungapohatu in its defying grace and strength holds me at my feet and the wealth of yesterday holds me in awe. I see the wealth of our past stemming from the force that surges through legs of Tane Maahuta as he strains at the weight of Ranginui. I see the wealth of our past, as it emanates from the beads of sweat that drench the forehead of Maui, as he heaves these lands...

A reo activist from Tūhoe, Rangitunoa Black, agrees that the silent letter 'g' should be dropped in the written form after Te Uru Taumatua announced that the importance of its unique dialect should be maintained in its written form. Black is supporting Te Uru Taumatua and their idea of revitalising their own language. Black says, “Tūhoe is independent of their own language.” Tūhoe negotiator Tamati Kruger told Te Kāea...

After days of heavy rain and wind, the weather in Wairoa has finally settled down but some areas are still feeling winter's icy touch. Snow fell in the Lake Waikaremoana area but didn't stick due to rain washing it away, however snow can still be seen in on the hill...

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