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Tame Iti, the larger-than-life face of Maori radicalism is now aiming to become part of the establishment, and will stand for the Maori Party this election. The man best known to some for his activism, his imprisonment on firearms charges and his participation in military-style training camps and to others for his fight for Maori sovereignty, his art and his work with youth, has revealed his intentions to Fairfax Media. Speaking in the home he...

Tame Iti will stand as a list candidate for the Māori Party at this year’s General Election. The Tūhoe health worker, artist and political advocate says he’s standing for the Māori Party because they are focused on the issues that are important to whānau, hapū and iwi. “I totally support Whānau Ora and I believe that Māori need an independent voice in Parliament. The Māori Party is the only independent Māori...

Iti in tutu goes viral

19 August 2014

An angel has falledn out of the sky and landed on a chopper at Ruatoki, or so it seems. An image of Tuhoe activist Tame Iti, shot as part of the 2015 Pink Angels Calendar, was released onto social media on Sunday n ight - much to the surprise of the calendar's...

Korero trophy winners

2 July 2014

Tanekaha Mariu, Timi Riini and Tutamure Mokomoko have plenty reasons to smile.  The three students from Te Wharekura o Ruatoki took top placings at the recent primary and intermediate school's whaikorero competition held at Whangaparaoa last...

Kids speak volumes

2 July 2014

Tuhoe leader Tamati Kruger has served as a winn ing inspiration for one student at a regional oratory competition.  Te Urupounamu McGarvey, 11, said Mr Kruger was someone she looked up to "because he fights for the land", and her speech about him led her to the...

Hokimoana Te Rika-Hekerangi of Tūhoe was raised in Ruatāhuna, but in recent years has based herself in the community of Murupara. At the age of 76, she's busier than ever teaching communities the Māori language. This has earned her a nomination in the Community Spirit category of the Pride of NZ Awards. The Community Spirit section is one of six categories. The award recognises individuals who make extraordinary personal...

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