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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...

Ngāti Ruapani ki Waikaremoana intend to occupy the Aniwaniwa Visitors centre owned by the Department of Conservation in the hope that the conservation reopens the centre.  However, the building has been deemed unsafe and has been vacant since 2008. There is a power struggle in Lake Waikaremoana and it all starts with the Aniwaniwa Visitors centre.  Tahurioterangi Trainor Tait (Ngāti Ruapani ki Waikaremoana) says, “We are...

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