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Nō hea rā te takiauē e tō ana i kā au o te manawa? Nō Ōroko, nō Ōkākā, nō Ō te Wao Ko te taki o te Hākuwai e pāoro nei He au moana nō Te Takutai o Te Tītī e toro atu ana ki te mano o Tahu Pōtiki e hotuhotu ana i te…

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Te Ara Whakatipu
The Path of Growth

Ten Ngāi Tahu rangatahi walked in the footsteps of their ancestors, deep into the Hollyford Valley and to Whakatipu Waitai (Martins Bay) where they spent a week learning about their tīpuna, their culture, themselves and the environment. Kaituhi Phil Tumataroa reports. The hīkoi, named Te Ara Whakatipu, which translates to ‘the path of growth’, was…

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Dream weaver

Jade Hohaia has spent a career discovering the power of words and the power of dreams. Now she’s harnessing that power to change the lives of youth. Kaituhi Aaron Smale reports. When she met him he had a reputation as a young criminal kingpin. By the time Jade Hohaia (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Raukawa) had finished…

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The science of strandings

The tragic stranding of nine orca in western Southland earlier this year prompted a blueprint for customary recovery. Kaituhi Rob Tipa investigates. The mass stranding of a pod of nine orca on an isolated beach in Te Waewae Bay in western Southland in February was a rare event that may have a positive outcome for…

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Tangata Whenua
An Illustrated History

It charts the sweep of Māori history from ancient origins through to the twenty-first century and it has been called one of the most significant books on the Māori world ever written. Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History by Atholl Anderson, Judith Binney and Aroha Harris is an ambitious book from Bridget Williams Books, 544 pages and…

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Hei Mahi Māra
The secret life of plants

A beginner’s guide to growing organic vegetables nā Tremane Barr Summer couldn’t come around soon enough for me this year as the warmth and new bloom of life helps me focus on the positive potential of the future. I can leave behind the nightmare years since September 2010 of earthquakes and EQC, insurance company, toxic…

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He Aitaka a Tāne
Sniffing out toatoa

nā Rob Tipa The most distinctive feature of toatoa is the fact that it has no true leaves. Instead this shrub or small forest tree has flattened leathery branchlets that look more like the leaves of celery – hardly a feature befitting a member of the chiefly podocarp family. Three species of this ancient genus…

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Reviews
Books

SPOONBILL 101 Nā Rangi Faith Puriri Press 2014 RRP: $25.00 Review nā Gerry Te Kapa Coates This is a purist’s book of 60 eclectic poems where the writer is accessible only through his work – no cover blurb, photo, or notes on the poems. I admit I cheated and checked his website: www.rangifaith.co.nz. Faith is…

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He Whakaaro
Who owns riverbeds?

Opinion nā Tom Bennion Who does own riverbeds? The answer to that question can affect access to riverbeds for fishing and recreation, but it can also affect the ownership of large structures in riverbeds, such as hydro dams. If the riverbed on which a dam sits is owned by someone else, does the dam owner…

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