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The survey pegs of the past

The content and meaning of place names enrich our lives and bring meaning and identity to our geography. For Tā Tipene O’Regan, place names are a rich and fascinating resource – the survey pegs of the past that say much about where Ngāi Tahu has come from. He believes we will all pronounce Māori names…

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Tīwai, Southland’s economic anchor?

If you take a back road into Dunedin, via Waitati, over the hill and into Port Chalmers, you may notice an old farm shed overlooking the harbour. The shed itself is rather nondescript; corrugated iron with a slight coating of rust. But painted along the shed are the words: “Aramoana, save it”, preceded by an arrow sign (pointing towards the village of Aramoana).

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Ngā Take Pūtea
Add it up

If you watch TV you can’t have missed those talking letterbox adverts about home insurance. Next time that ad comes on, don’t mute the TV or switch channels. Watch. This information is really important for your whānau.

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Peter Burger

Peter Meteherangi Tikao Burger (Ngāi Tahu, Rangitāne) is a film and television director living in Auckland (where the work is). Peter moved into drama after seven or eight years making television commercials.

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The Conservation Conundrum

Over the past four years, the Department of Conservation has had $54 million slashed from its budget. What will these cuts mean for Te Waipounamu and Ngāi Tahu? It was a small farewell at Te Rau Aroha Marae in Bluff, late last year – an end to a relationship that had spanned several decades.

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Coast Watcher

Uncle Hori Briggs has been policing the Canterbury coastline in an honorary capacity for the past 14 years. Kaituhituhi Mark Revington reports. Uncle Hori Briggs opens the door of his Rāpaki kaumātua flat on a hot summer afternoon. Come in, he says with a big smile. Once he had an imposing figure to go with that smile. Now he’s a slim wee thing. Throat cancer, he says, without a trace of regret.

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Nō hea koe ?

Ōtākou Rūnanga set up A3 Kaitiaki six years ago to work with prisoners at the newly-built Otago Corrections Facility in South Otago. It approaches rehabilitation by helping Māori men reconnect with their culture and identity. Now the A3 Kaitiaki team is looking to take this programme further. Kaituhituhi Rob Tipa reports.

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E tū and be counted

Māori Roll or General Roll? Underway from March to July this year, the Māori Electoral Option is being offered to Māori voters. It’s a vital part of New Zealand’s democratic process. The number of registered Māori voters currently sits at around 426,000. These people will receive a pack courtesy of the Electoral Commission and can check which roll they’re currently registered to vote on – Māori or General. If they choose, they can change from one roll to the other.

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Oval Ball Travels

Rugby has taken Tamaha MacDonald from Blenheim to Mexico City, population 22 million. Kaituhituhi Ila Couch travelled to Mexico to discover how Tamaha has adapted to the language and culture of his new home.

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