Maori represent almost 25% of Hawke’s Bay’s population, presenting our region with unique challenges and opportunities. And as Treaty claims are settled in our region, Maori involvement in our local governance and economy will increase.

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Hakikino, Window to Māori Culture


“Waimārama is so much more than a seaside resort,” says Robert MacDonald, kaumātua of Ngāti Kahungunu (tribe) and Ngāti Kurukuru (sub-tribe), the tangata whenua of Waimārama.  “For those of us who live here and call it home, the landscape holds…

Kay Bazzard01 April 2019

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Power Shifting: Making Room for Māori Voices


Councils and Pakeha leaders take it on the chin as BayBuzz gives the Māori perspective on what’s wrong with local co-governance in Hawke’s Bay.  Debate over the shape of co-governance at the region’s decision-making tables is heating up as Hawke’s…

Keith Newman01 December 2018

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Tradition on a Plate

Maori Lifestyle

In Polynesian Lore, food is the lynchpin of social life: an opportunity to gather friends and family together while indulging in traditional fare. A custom which not only provides nourishment for the body and the spirit, but also acts as…

Michal McKay03 June 2017

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Miss Mohi on the case


It started when Rose found carvings listed online that came from a meeting house built for her great-great-grandfather Karaitiana Takamoana at Pakowhai and somehow wound up in the Otago Museum. She went to Dunedin to see them and found 15…

Jess Soutar Barron06 February 2016

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Māori leadership

Magazine Maori

The two burning issues before Hawke’s Bay at the moment, amalgamation and the dam, bring into focus the role of Māori leadership in the debate. Both initiatives have been Pākehā-driven; yet both hold significant implications for Māori. So, how is…

Tom Belford01 April 2014

Managing Collectively Owned Māori Land

Magazine Maori

Ma te huruhuru te manu ka rere – It is the feathers that enable the bird to fly. There’s movement locally in the Māori agribusiness sector. Tautane Station, recently purchased by the Kahungunu Asset Holding Company, is a strategic asset…

Shona Jones03 July 2013

TAONGA MAORI connecting to place & past

Magazine Maori

Hawke’s Bay’s nationally-recognised collection of taonga Mãori will spread its wings when the new museum opens in September, as Lizzie Russell reports. Beyond what visitors will see in the exhibition spaces, there’s much more to any museum, in particular our…

Lizzie Russell30 December 2012

Matariki Living Taonga Awards

Magazine Maori

The Pleiades stars are easy to spot in the crisp, clear north-eastern skies of late May or early June. They have other names. One is Seven Sisters, another is Matariki, the Mãori word for New Year. Traditionally, Matariki was regarded…

Kathy Webb03 July 2012

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The Tukituki: Always a Taonga

Water Magazine Maori

The Tukituki River is regarded as a taonga (treasured possession) by the hapu of Tamatea and Heretaunga (CHB and Hastings Districts). It will always be a taonga, and our fervent wish is that other river users will start treating it…

Morry Black08 May 2012

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