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Press Release: New Zealand Walking Access Commission People have a duty to care for the land and its kaitiaki when they visit it, says Walking Access Commission Ara Hīkoi Aotearoa Chief Executive Ric Cullinane. Cullinane says news that freedom campers and visitors are dumping rubbish and felling trees at Lake Waikaremoana is deeply saddening. "Te Urewera is a unique and beautiful place. It now holds its own legal personhood...

Rubbish-strewn campsites, home-made toilets and illegal felling of native trees by "arrogant and disrespectful" freedom campers at Lake Waikaremoana have shocked and saddened Ngāi Tūhoe.     Several rubbished-strewn campsites were found over Labour Weekend on the lake shore, under the Panekire Ranges, included large fire sites near native bush, lots of ground cleared and native bush cut down for...

How Tūhoe is rethinking the future of Lake Waikaremoana – and asking trampers for patience while they do it. As a young dad, Tūhoe’s Tamati Kruger spent months living off-grid with his family deep in Te Urewera. They lived in a rough slab hut and foraged and hunted off the land. He even delivered his son there. Years later, when Kruger tussled with former prime minister John Key on the need to include the care and management of Te...

It's been two months since a video of a newborn baby being taken from its mother in Hastings sparked national outrage.   Since then, four inquiries have been launched and the Ministry for Children, Oranga Tamariki, has promised to do better.   And despite seething anger from many in Māoridom, iwi are still willing to work with the department.   Mitch McCann travelled to Tūhoe country, where a...

Tūhoe and Oranga Tamariki will work together to move at-risk children out of state care and into safe, loving homes connected with their wider whānau, under a Relationship Agreement signed in Tāneatua yesterday. View...

More families will be putting their hand up to provide safe homes for children after Tūhoe signed an agreement with Oranga Tamariki, an iwi leader says. Under the agreement, Oranga Tamariki will notify the iwi of any tamariki with Tūhoe whakapapa coming into their care. View...

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