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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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Radical changes to the Resource Management Act

For the first time, a government has proposed changes to the heart of the Resource Management Act, writes Tom Bennion. There have been many changes to the Resource Management Act 1991 over the past few terms of government. Both Labour and National and their various coalition partners have claimed that the Act doesn’t work fast…

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When and why credit checks fail

“It was only a little default.” But 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. Does that include your whānau? Virtually every whānau member has a credit file held by the reference agencies Veda Advantage,…

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A sense of purpose

A conversation with historian Ann Parsonson about her life and work makes it clear that she was always destined to work on the Ngāi Tahu Claim. Kaituhituhi Tony Bridge reports in the second of our series on the historians who played an integral part in the Claim. Ann Parsonson was born and brought up in…

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From tech hero to Xero

Technology entrepreneur Rod Drury, who has just been announced as EY Entrepreneur of the Year, is building in confidence, networks, and ideas that start local and end up global. The straight talker from Havelock North discusses his Ngāi Tahu roots and business philosophy with kaituhituhi Matt Philp. In the New Zealand business scene, Xero chief…

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Perfect Storm

Sheldon Pitama (Ngāi Tūāhuriri, Ngāti Wheke, Ngāti Kurī) was fifteen when he caught the eye of rugby league talent scouts at a trial game in Christchurch. Since then he has played for the Kiwi under 16 side and captained the South Island Scorpions. This November he heads for Melbourne and the Melbourne Storm. Kaituhituhi Sampson…

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Clash of the Marae Kai titans

  In the end it came down to one point. After one hour of intense concentration in an unfamiliar kitchen, the ringawera from Mangamaunu Marae were edged out of the reality television series Marae Kai Masters by Huria Marae (Ngāti Ranginui) from Tauranga in a compelling seafood challenge. There was both disappointment and relief at…

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