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Rubbish dumping at one of New Zealand's most picturesque lakes was getting so bad there was talk it would be closed off to visitors.   But a Ngāi Tūhoe spokesperson said things are beginning to change, although there is still hostility towards iwi members from some long-time holidaymakers.   "We're getting there, but it's not something that's going to happen overnight," Tamati Kruger...

A group of 30 Tūhoe descendants travelled to France and Belgium in memory of fallen soldiers in WW1 to celebrate more than a 100 years since the signing of the Armistice which ended WW1. The group represented 60 World War 1 soldiers within Te Urewera who were connected to Waikaremoana, Ruatāhuna, Waiohau, Rūātoki, Waimana and Tāneatua. READ...

Appeal to Lake visitors

6 November 2019

Ngai Tuhoe iwi have a solution to help ensure illegal campsites and the effects these have on the shores of Lake Waikaremoana do not happen again. The campsites were set up during Labour Weekend. Native bush was cut down, home-made showers and toilets were set up, “a beer bottle wall” was erected in a kiwi sanctuary and rubbish was left behind.   “Being ‘tangata whenua’ (people of the land) is...

Kawerau Medical Centre’s model of care is the philosophical launch pad for central North Island iwi Tūhoe’s ambitious expansion plans to improve the health of its people. Tāmati Kruger, a member of the iwi’s trust, Te Uru Taumatua, says Tūhoe is set to open a new clinic in Ruatahuna by next March with another clinic opening later in 2020 at Waikaremoana. Tūhoe bought the Kawerau clinic in July after opening its first...

Press Release: New Zealand Walking Access Commission People have a duty to care for the land and its kaitiaki when they visit it, says Walking Access Commission Ara Hīkoi Aotearoa Chief Executive Ric Cullinane. Cullinane says news that freedom campers and visitors are dumping rubbish and felling trees at Lake Waikaremoana is deeply saddening. "Te Urewera is a unique and beautiful place. It now holds its own legal personhood...

Rubbish-strewn campsites, home-made toilets and illegal felling of native trees by "arrogant and disrespectful" freedom campers at Lake Waikaremoana have shocked and saddened Ngāi Tūhoe.     Several rubbished-strewn campsites were found over Labour Weekend on the lake shore, under the Panekire Ranges, included large fire sites near native bush, lots of ground cleared and native bush cut down for...

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