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  Tūhoe iwi spokesperson Tamati Kruger says the marae and its relevance in modern times have been subject to recent discussions. He revealed this at the centenary celebrations of Papakainga Marae in Ruatoki.   Tamati Kruger says,  “The hapū (Ngāti Koura) will be looking at ways of revamping its purpose and I guess other marae in Tuhoe will be finding ways of preserving these places for the next one hundred...

  Tūhoe's Waimana youth hosted their inaugural rangatahi wānanga aimed at bringing both local youth and those living outside the region back to their homeland to learn their Tūhoe culture.    It was in the valley of Waimana at the humble Tauanui Pā the youth gathering took place.   Paku Titoko (Te Whakatāne, Ngāi Tamatuhira) told Te Kāea, “So they know their customs, their family...

Ngāi Tūhoe leader Tāmati Kruger delivered this year’s annual Bruce Jesson Memorial lecture at the University of Auckland. Reporter Teuila Fuatai went along For the proud Tūhoe nation, forging a better path forward is as much about reestablishing its own iwi identity as it is gaining independence from the Crown. “While we can say that we settled our [treaty] claims in 2014, we remain an unsettled iwi,” Tāmati Kruger,...

Tūhoe leader Tamati Kruger has some hard truths to deliver in his upcoming 2017 Bruce Jesson Memorial lecture.   The chair of Tūhoe Te Uru Taumatua says New Zealand needs to face up to the fact that “we create a reality to suit our time and our purpose, and some of it is quite dishonest”.   “In New Zealand we have a mythology that we are a clean green nation, when we are not. We have another...

Outgoing Treaty Negotiations minister Chris Finlayson is leaving with the respect of iwi leaders and political opponents alike after signing off 59 Treaty settlements, a record during anyone's time in the portfolio. Outgoing Treaty Negotiations minister Chris Finlayson is leaving with the respect of iwi leaders and political opponents alike after signing off 59 Treaty settlements, a record during anyone's time in the...

Ngāi Tūhoe leader Tamati Kruger says the iwi does not want to be defined by its negative past, but rather look to the future. He also talked about the comparison with the iwi wishing to not be held by what happens in Wellington, with what is happening in Spain with Catalonia wishing to be independent, and the unsuccessful move of Scotland to try to break away from...

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