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The first of the Tūhoe iwi’s two new medical clinics serving people “in the middle of nowhere” is ready for its formal opening, despite COVID-19 disruptions. The clinic is nearly two hours’ drive from the nearest major centre, Rotorua, and the rural iwi’s main Kawerau clinic. Iwi clinical director and GP Emily McNicholas tells New Zealand Doctor the Ruatahuna clinic is a test-bed for embracing...

Tāneatua will soon boast the country's most beautiful police station as plans progress for the rebuild of the station destroyed by fire 18 months ago. Draft plans for the community's new police base were unveiled at a meeting late last week and show a building similar to Tūhoe Te Uru Taumatua landmark living building. Area commander Stuart Nightingale described the first draft of the police base as "absolutely...

By Jacqui Gibson A forlorn scrap of white mist hovered in the bush flanking the only road into Te Urewera, one of the most isolated rainforests in New Zealand. It was a sign I was in Tūhoe country, the tribal region whose people were named “Children of the Mist” by ethnographer Elsdon Best in the 1890s due to an ancient oral tradition linking Tūhoe to Hine-pūkohu-rangi, the mist maiden. Outside my window, views of pasture...

Tāmati Kruger speaks to Rod Oram about Tūhoe's response to Covid-19 in the Te Urewera mountains, and how the iwi is looking to a much stronger New Zealand society that's aware of its obligations to be a far wiser caretaker of our natural resources   Ngāi Tūhoe is coming through the Covid-19 crisis with a much stronger sense of mana motuhake, says Tāmati Kruger, chair of the iwi who are guardians of the Te Urewera...

Te Urewera will reopen under alert level 2 but there will be strict safety guidelines in place. The guardians of the whenua, Ngāi Tūhoe, closed the huts, campgrounds, boat ramps, walks and freedom camping areas for the duration of level three. Te Urewera Board chair Tāmati Kruger said it would reopen for visitors once the country moves into alert level 2 tomorrow. He said all visitors to Te Urewera, whether it be for walking, camping,...

  "I was lucky enough to spend the months between September and December in Waikaremoana working for Te Uru Taumatua, the Nāi Tūhoe* tribal authority, and seeing first hand how Waikaremoana, the iwi organisation and Te Urewera Board’s kaitiakitanga of the former national park (now its own legal entity) was going up at the lake.   I’ve been back in Auckland for a few months now. I planned to be back in...

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