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The government may be committing more than $20 million to ramp up pest control using 1080 in New Zealand but Te Urewera will remain free of the poison - for now.  The battle for New Zealand's native birds is set to receive a $20.7 million boost in this year's budget and the aim is to squash a predicted boom in rat and stoat populations, predicted to follow heavy forest seeding, by backing aerial 1080 operations with on-going...

There must be something in the air at Ruataahuna. More than 30 years after the death of the beloved performer Prince Tui Teka his hometown is still pumping out talented...

The sleepy Eastern Bay settlement of Ruatoki played host to thousands during Easter weekend as the 42nd Hui Ahurei a Tuhoe took place. Three days of kapa haka, sport and debate, all designed to bring iwi together and strengthen the identity of Tuhoe, culminated in a prize-giving on Sunday night where Te Karu were named overall haka winners with Ngati Haka Patuheuheu in second and Tawera Kaipuha third. The first Hui Ahurei was held at Mataatua...

Sports is another much-loved event at Tūhoe's Ahurei Festival and Te Kāea had the opportunity to take a glimpse at this year's rugby final. It was one valley verses another. Ruatoki went head to head with Ruatahuna, playing the iwi's much-loved game and vying for the overall rugby title in the final. Ruatoki's full back was on form, setting up the win with a steal and run away try. His speed ensured not only one...

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...

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