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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...

Te Kāea looks back at the festival during the 1970's through images taken by a well-known Māori photographer, John Miller. He and the late Hirini Melbourne were tasked with the project to publish a school journal, capturing images of this unique festival.  It's a snapshot of Tūhoe 40 years ago. “It was very fascinating because a lot of locals were a bit bemused about what I was doing,” says...

Hui Ahurei a Tūhoe, why is it important for the descendants and what it means to them.  This is the longest running tribal cultural festival in NZ. “This is the heart of Tūhoe and people here say that the festival is what brings people home,” says Hori Uatuku from Te Mahurehure. With a population of 35,000 strong, the festival creates a path for Tūhoe to achieve a 40-year plan to self-govern. Tom Brown is here with...

About 20,000 people are expected to descend on the Rūātoki Valley in eastern Bay of Plenty over Easter for the biggest event on the Tūhoe calendar. Te Hui Ahurei a Tūhoe is a festival held every two years to bring the iwi together to celebrate and preserve its traditions. The festival began more than 40 years ago when Tūhoe from Auckland and Wellington met in Rotorua to compete against each other in a game of rugby. Since then its grown...

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