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The people of Maunapohatu want the Government to officially pardon Māori spiritual leader Rua Kenana. Hundreds gathered at the small village in Te Urewera to commemorate the 100th anniversary of police entering Maunapohatu determined to arrest...

Gold star for Black

30 March 2016

A GOLD star was presented to deputy chief fire officer Daniel (Howie) Black at Tāneatua Volunteer Fire Brigades recent 50th anniversary...

More than 20,000 people flocked through the gates at Rūātoki over the weekend to take part in the biennial festival, Te Ahurei a Tūhoe. Held to celebrate the unity among Tūhoe, the festival involves the tribal members taking part in competitions including kapa haka, rugby, netball and...

Ngai Tuhoe came together this weekend for the Ahurei, a biennial gathering of kapa haka, sport and whanaungatanga. Tuhoe leader Tamati Kruger says the crowd of more than 20,000 who filled the marae of the Ruatoki valley included tribal members from all over the world. He says in terms of where its people live the tribe is now more urban that rural, and people appreciate the opportunity to reconnect with their family, language and...

Some descendants believe Tūhoe's goal for self-determination will be a major challenge. Paki Nikora from Ngāti Rongo says, “They say self-determination lies with the tribe. But to me, there are two issues, self-determination of sub-tribes and self-determination of  tribes as a whole. Which one takes precedence?” Te Uru Taumatua (TUT) is the governing body for the tribe and is responsible for managing the tribe's...

A great event begins from behind the scenes. Hundreds of volunteers have dedicated hours of their time to ensure the festival runs without a hitch.  He's a man on a mission, for more than three decades Rameka Tuhaka has dedicated his time and expertise to his people and to this Tūhoe celebration. Tuhaka from Ngāti Hamua says, “We're fully committed to running these events for Tūhoe, and our families. We're here doing...

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