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The Pakeha architect who worked on designs for Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, has died. Ivan Mercep was 84. The ceremony to officially open the Tuhoe headquarters in the Bay of Plenty. Photo: RNZ / Rosemary Rangitauira Mr Mercep was described by his peers as the quiet achiever of New Zealand architecture. In 2008, he was the recipient of the New Zealand Institute of Architect's Gold Medal in recognition of his 50 years'...

The Tuhoe iwi is setting up medical clinics, saying its people are suffering while health services fail to deliver. Ngai Tuhoe expects this month to open its first medical clinic, in Taneatua in the Bay of Plenty, to be followed by clinics in Waimoana, Ruatahuna and Lake Waikaremoana, Tuhoe Te Uru Taumatua Trust chief executive Kirsti Luke says. Read the original NZDoctors article...

Parliament is sitting under extended hours to advance Treaty of Waitangi bills including legislation which sets up Te Urewera National Park as its own legal entity. Along with a Crown apology for breaching the treaty the Te Urewera-Tuhoe Bill also provides commercial and cultural redress for Tuhoe and sets up the iwi's new governance structure. The bill passed its second reading with the support of all parties except New Zealand...

The tiny Bay of Plenty settlement of Taneatua is better known as a one horse town than a centre for architectural excellence.  But that's all set to change. Over the weekend 500 Tūhoe gathered together to celebrate the opening of the tribe's new state of the art eco-friendly headquarters. With a history of land confiscation, imprisonment and execution, starvation and the destruction of their villages, the tribe is now...

A better home will lead to a better future. Those are the thoughts around Te Wharehou o Tūhoe opened this weekend. According to Tamati Kruger, “This building is a symbol of that saying, 'If Tūhoe is united, it can achieve anything." Within it's confines are art spaces, a cafeteria, and even its own archive and the cultural hub is the first of its kind for Tūhoe. Unemployment and poverty is seen throughout...

According to the chair of the Māori Affairs Select Committee, Tau Henare, the passion of the people of Tūhoe has been very obvious at their meetings regarding the Tūhoe Settlement Bill. The second reading of the Tūhoe Settlement Bill in Parliament is set to take place in July, however, some factions within Tūhoe feel that the process to get to this point was Crown-driven. Marie Steward believes, “The Crown has driven Tūhoe...