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Karanga – A call from the heart

A spiritual call heard across many generations, it is the first voice heard from marae and epitomises the power of Māori women. TE KARAKA speaks with Ngāi Tahu kaikaranga about the ritual of the karanga, its evolution, and challenges.

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Befitting the occasion

The more important the occasion, the more kaikaranga are involved in the pōwhiri. At the Crown Apology to Ngāi Tahu at Ōnuku Marae in 1998, several kaikaranga were chosen on the basis of their representation of the different takiwā, their whakapapa to certain key individuals within the Ngāi Tahu Whānui, and their recognition as experienced…

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Postcard from the USA

One hundred white birds stalk through a field. Theme parks, nest-like, crop up out of nowhere. Mara TK documents a frenzied month in the USA as his band, Electric Wire Hustle, attempts to build an audience in the world’s biggest music market.

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