Maori

Unit ownership never cheaper

By PHILIP CHANDLER Singles or couples can pay as little as $200,000 to secure assisted home ownership in a new Queenstown apartment building. Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust owns 50 of the 78 units in the first building of the Toru...

Lake Hayes’ $1m kickstarter

By GUY WILLIAMS A local iwi charity’s been given $1 million by philanthropist Rod Drury to get started on a long-planned project to clean up Queenstown’s Lake Hayes. Mana Tahuna chief executive Mike Rewi says the money’s paying for the new...

Hare to help our kids

By TRACEY ROXBURGH A new book aimed at helping address anxiety and identify stress in kids has been a labour of love for its Queenstown author. Commercial illustrator Laura Shallcrass released Hare & Ruru, A Quiet Moment last month with Beatnik...

Te reo name for new school

By HUGH COLLINS A new Queenstown school’s been gifted an official te reo name from local iwi. Ngai Tahu’s blessed the 600-pupil Hanley’s Farm school as ‘Te Kura Whakatipu O Kawarau’, which it’ll be officially known as. Te Kura means a place of...

Sweating Motatapu

By HUGH COLLINS Nearly 4000 athletes are set to charge through the hills between Wanaka and Arrowtown this weekend during the 16th Macpac Motatapu. The Motatapu's grown to incorporate seven different running and biking events across two days - it's the...

Resort loses man of mana

By PHILIP CHANDLER A charismatic Queenstown community stalwart who died on Sunday is being remembered as big-hearted, inspirational and fun-loving. And also for his pioneering role in introducing foreign players into Japanese rugby. Merv Aoake passed away, after a short battle with...
YOURWORD: Darren Rewi Darren Rewi is Queenstown-based Ngai Tahu kaumatua, or elder The benefits of learning or being on the Te Reo journey for me are many. Like a growing number of people there is a desire to learn Te Reo...
OPINION: The ancient tradition of harvesting muttonbirds by Maori families has just commenced. This tradition goes back hundreds of years, to families (whakapapa) descended from tribal chiefs. Long before Europeans (pakeha) invaded our shores, there were no tools or crops to...
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