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Tanatana Marae in Waimana has won the commercial/industrial architectural design section award. The award is based on Ngāti Rere's new building which cost $300,000.  This project is about incorporating traditional ideas with a contemporary twist. Marae committee representative Martin Rakuraku told Te Kāea they wanted to move with the times, “We thought we would incorporate a house to cater to two purposes; a place to mourn and...

Can a stretch of land be a person in the eyes of the law? Can a body of water? In New Zealand, they can. A former national park has been granted personhood, and a river system is expected to receive the same soon. The unusual designations, something like the legal status that corporations possess, came out of agreements between New Zealand’s government and Maori groups. The two sides have argued for years over guardianship of the...

A search for dinosaur bones is getting under in the Urewera ranges, and they're looking for the big one. Remains of carnivorous dinosaurs have been found in the area in the past 50 years, some related to the mighty T- Rex. Now a collaboration between GNS and Tuhoe means that the area will be searched more extensively than ever before. Paleontologist James Crampton joined Mark Sainsbury, filling in for Paul Henry, from...

Two New Zealand scientists have secured $100,000 in government funding to search for fossil remains in Te Urerewa National Park.  Radio...

The mighty T-rex may have roamed the Urewera range long before Tuhoe – and a new project hopes to determine the truth. Remains of carnivorous dinosaurs related to T-rex have been found in the area in the past 50 years, palaeontologist James Crampton said. Late amateur palaeontologist Joan Wiffen discovered a toe bone and a back bone from theropod dinosaurs – smaller cousins of the tyrannosaurus – in the Urewera range, in...

A $100,000 dinosaur hunt is about to start within the central North Island's Te Urewera in association with GNS Science and Ngai Tuhoe. The project, with input from Victoria University of Wellington, involves searching for dinosaur and other prehistoric fossils within Te Urewera. On the hunt for dinosaur bones in the Ureweras. Image, Google maps. During the two-year project, the three organisations will pursue a greater depth of...

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