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Issue 59

The good oil on tough old tītoki

Tītoki is one of the most attractive specimen trees of our native forests, but few today would guess its seeds were once highly valued by both Māori and European for its high quality oil, writes Rob Tipa. Early settlers often referred to tītoki (Alectryon excelsus) as New Zealand ash, but it became better known here…

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Keri Hulme’s hymn to southern blue cod

You, rāwaru, have survived our predations. We have sought and slaughtered you since we arrived in the south. We love you! Or, rather, we love your taste and excellent food values… There is this raruraru going on about schnapper (I’ve read so many different spellings that I’ve accrued them all in that version). It entirely…

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He Tangata

Saelyn Guyton (Kāi Tahu) co-hosts Māori Television’s latest music show, My Country Song, alongside country music legend Dennis Marsh. Saelyn was the 2010 New Zealand Gold Guitar winner and the Southland Entertainer of the Year in 2011. Originally from Invercargill, she recently moved to Waihi Beach where she is working on original material for an…

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When and why credit checks fail

  Every year some whānau can’t buy a car, take out HP, rent a whare or even sometimes get a job thanks to black marks on their credit files, writes Diana Clement.     “It was only a little default.” But every year some whānau can’t buy a car, take out HP, rent a whare…

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