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Film maker Kim Webby says the depiction of Tame Iti as public enemy number one during the Urewera Four trial made her determined to show the Tame she knew. Webby’s documentary The Price of Peace premieres on Sunday at the Auckland International Film Festival. She’s known the Tuhoe activist for more than 20 years, and she says he family links to the Eastern Bay of Plenty meant she was in a position to tell the story once the...

Tamati Kruger was chief negotiator of Tuhoe's ground-breaking Treaty settlement with the Crown last year. He chairs the iwi authority and the new board of Te Urewera. 1. Did you have any concerns about letting German film-maker Sarah Grohnert spend three years documenting Tuhoe's efforts to construct its headquarters under the world's most stringent green building programme? We were a bit worried about that being a distraction. But...

In my work we collaborate with local Tangata Whenua frequently and I love it. I particularly like how Maori take a long-term view when it comes to decision making, rather than the 'boom and bust' mentality that sees so much destruction of our natural resources. While Maori may not have as much experience dealing with the Western system of education, finance and economy - and some mistakes are inevitable when learning something new -...

Kim Webby's The Price of Peace is a powerfully affecting re-examination of the Ruatoki raids that achieves something rather special: maintaining a personal, even intimate, focus on its central figure Tame Iti, it locates the 2007 police raids in the wider context of Tuhoe history and the process of reconciliation. Webby, a former television reporter now living and working as a naturopath in her birthplace of Opotiki, has a strong...

The closure to our Waikaremoana Great Walk will stay in place for at least another fortnight to the end of July or until safe passage can be assured. At this time the Te Urewera Biodiversity team is working to assess the damage to the Waikaremōana track and the time it will take to carry out repair work before the closure is lifted. Brown Elia, the Lake Waikaremoana Tribal Biodiversity Manager, says that the lake margin huts are accessible by...

The new Te Urewera team is taking shape with the recent appointment of the Tūhoe Tribal biodiversity managers in July. All four positions have been filled by local Tūhoe based in the rohe, each will be responsible for the implementation of the Te Urewera operations mahi in their whārua.  Profiles of the new team members and one other new TUT kaimahi can be viewed...

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