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Issue 57

Kahuru/Autumn 2013 | 57

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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