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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...

It was all hands on deck at Rūātoki yesterday as Tūhoe prepare for their biennial festival, Te Ahurei a Tūhoe, which starts tomorrow. First held in 1972, the three day festival at Mission Road, Rūātoki celebrates unity within the tribe and every second year thousands of people who affiliate to it make the trek back to the Eastern Bay over Eastern weekend to participate in kapa haka, debating and sports...

Tuhoe Festival

23 March 2016

Te Ahurei o Tūhoe organising committee Te Komiti iti has lowered entry prices to the biennial festival, held by the tribe to celebrate its traditions and...

The Taneatua community gathered at Jack Knowles Reserve yesterday to celebrate the official opening of the town's upgraded playground. A joint Tūhoe and Whakatane District Council project, the playground has been progressively redeveloped over the past two years to provide a new family recreation attraction for the wider Tāneatua and Rūātoki...

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