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An innocent warrior

4 August 2016

A Maori activist's fight for his people after being accused of running a paramilitary training camp in New Zealand.   In 2007 New Zealand police arrested charismatic Maori leader Tame Iti and others in anti-terrorist raids after a period of surveillance.   In a long trial, Iti and three other people (the "Urewera Four") were accused of running a terrorist training camp and of being members of a criminal...

Parks are people too

3 August 2016

A movement to imbue land, rivers, and entire ecosystems with legal personhood status is gaining ground in the U.S. o years ago, when New Zealand’s government granted legal personhood to one of its 13 national parks—Te Urewera, a lush, forested landscape teeming with trails and waterfalls on the North Island—some 821 square miles was suddenly protected not as land but as a citizen.    The law was called...

This Saturday and Sunday Taneatua will be alive with creativity as the Tuhoe Gallery presents the Art and Activism Workshop. For artists and community activists and run by Mou Mou movement, the workshop includes five sessions over the two days and a number of guest speakers including Tame Iti, Tamati Kruger, Maria Steens, Ati Teepa and Amo...

The Maori standing committee is proving invaluable for groups seeking guidance and special projects. At this month's Maori Standing Committee meeting at Te Kuha Marae, Jenni Moses said now they had 13 reserves within their responsibility and wanted to look at what it meant to have some kind of build projects at the...

Broadband has finally reached one of the most isolated communities in the North Island, the heart of Te Urewera country, Ruatāhuna. Hinerangi Goodman visited her hometown to talk to one of those who is already hooked up and another who will soon be connected any day now. Te...

Lake Claimants speak

23 July 2016

There is a rahui in place at Waikaremoana. Here are a few comments for readers to consider. The purpose of this rahui is to ask people to stop and reconnect with the lake, the waters and its surround's. How many of us go to the shores of Waikaremoana and wonder what effect the low water levels are having on the ecosystems around the shoreline, and the follow-on...

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