Lore versus law

When Ngāpuhi leader Raneira (Sonny) Tau was caught with five dead kererū at Invercargill Airport, it set off a nationwide media storm which highlighted the rift between indigenous rights and conservationists. But what did they think at Ōraka Aparima Rūnaka? After all the alleged crime took place in their takiwā. Kaituhi Mark Revington reports. For…

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From the editor

It was Maggie Barry’s sneering put down that really got to me. After Sonny Tau was discovered with five dead kererū at Invercargill Airport, news broke that kererū were on the menu at Maungarongo Marae in Ohakune in 2013 when two Government ministers were present and Tariana Turia.

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From the CEO

This month Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu celebrates 17 years since settlement with the Crown. The governance approach over those years was to go hard on asset wealth creation, and today the tribe is financially anchored. The set-up of a new 18-member tribal council came with its teething problems, and like any new group there would be colourful moments along the way.

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Whenua – Hikuraki and Manawapōre

The wetlands of Hikuraki and Manawapōre (the Mavora Lakes) lie within the impressive geographical and ancestral landscape of the Whakatipu Wai-Māori (Lake Whakatipu) region. Surrounded by maunga, bush, and tussock grassland, the lakes were part of an important traditional travel route from Murihiku to the head of Whakatipu Wai-Māori and thence, the famed pounamu source, Te Koroka.

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