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"Kia kii rourou iti a haere"

"Please fill the traveller tiny food basket"

This week’s whakatāuki is explained by Trevor Maxwell (nō Te Arawa).

The Wai 262 claim was lodged with the Waitangi Tribunal in October 1991 by Saana Murray, Te Witi McMath, Tama Poata, Kataraina Rime and John Hippolite. Twenty years later, the Tribunal responded to the claim in the report Ko Aotearoa Tēnei. Justine Murray talks to Moana Jackson about the history of the claim and the desire of the original claimants to protect Mātauranga Māori (Māori traditional knowledge).


This week Mary Yandall died, aged 62. She was one of the Yandall Sisters who entertained New Zealand crowds for decades. In their heyday during the 1970s and 1980s, they provided back-up vocals for many leading Māori musicians including Billy T James, Prince Tui Teka and Sir Howard Morrison. Former Kapahaka leader of Ngāti Rangiwewehi and Deputy Mayor of Rotorua Trevor Maxwell, who knew the sisters well, talks about their contribution to the era of Showband music.


In the Nga Tāonga Korero archival segment, the former Chief Judge of the Māori land court and the Chairman of the Waitangi Tribunal Eddie Taihakurei Durie is at Waitangi Treaty Grounds commemorating the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty.


Tangata whenua are the focus of the art created by Rongo Tangatake Tuhura. The former Toihoukura –School of Māori Art and Design student attended last year’s Māori Market, where he exhibited some of his airbrushed portraits fused with Māori patterns.


Waiata featured: Karangātia ra performed by Whirimako Black from the album Hohou te Rongo (2002); Manawa performed by Huia Hamon and Korero Turehu performed by Poutama Paki and Amanda Ashton from the album Tātou Tātou e 2 (2011), Lure of Samoa and Return to Paradise performed by the Yandall sisters from the album The Yandall Sisters Return to Paradise (2002); Sweet Inspiration performed by The Yandall Sisters from the album The Very best of the Girls (1999).