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Tūhoe is looking to the future following their biennial festival held over the weekend in Ruatoki. A crowd of over 20,000 attended the festival in the Bay of Plenty area to re-engage with their culture at home. Among them was our reporter Kereama Wright. Te...

The sports section of the ahurei was keenly contested in both the rugby and netball. It was a tough battle in the rugby between the home side Ruatoki, and Ruatahuna. Despite Ruatahuna not giving up, Ruatoki won 25-10. In the netball, defending champions Te Tira Hou could not retain their title this year. Te Hono a Te Kiore’s A and B squads both made the final, which ended with a draw, but that doesn't matter as Te Hono a Te...

The organisers of the Tūhoe Festival have included Golf for the first time in its weekend of events. 72 players have ignored the weather warnings and have gathered at the Te Teko Golf course. The inclusion of golf has been a dream come true for Tiniwai Te Whetu one of the key organisers of the event. “This day is the fruits of many discussions I have had between Te Wharehuia Milroy and Te Toka Whakaea Temara, it has been our dream to...

For almost 50 years the Tūhoe festival has been an important biennial event for its descendants. They come together to reaffirm their tribal identity through culture, sports, and other activities. The event began at dawn this morning with an official pōwhiri at Te Rewarewa Marae. Te...

Maori artist wins award

15 April 2016

Te Marunui Hotene has graduated from his arts degree with first class honours and begun his Masters degree. His days are spent within the Taneatua Gallery studio "just painting". The last time the Whakatane News spoke to Te Marunui he had just opened his Chur exhibition at the Taneatua gallery. He was the second artist to show his work at the gallery after its establishment early last...

New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) staff will work closely with the Whakatane District Council to find ways of easing traffic congestion issues during a planned three-month maintenance closure of the Peketahi Bridge at Taneatua. An NZTA briefing on the re-decking of the bridge provided at last week's Council Projects and Services Committee meeting indicated a planned start to the project before Christmas, with the closure extending until...

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