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"Tukuna mai he kapunga oneone ki au hei tangi "

Send me a handful of soil that I may weep over it

This week’s whakatāuki is explained by Te Herekiekie Herewini (nō Ngāti Apa, Te Arawa).

Whether we need a formal written constitution is often reflected on close to Waitangi day. This year, the issue was given extra weight because of the controversy over the government’s treatment of Section 9 of the State Enterprises Act (1986). Iwi Chairs Forum member Margaret Mutu presents her view.

Janice Mangere explains the whānau legacy she continues on behalf of her late husband, Tommy Hone Mangere at Taraia marae, Pakipaki  – Hastings.  

Is it Māori culture being commercialised or commerce being culturalised? That’s one of the questions Maraea Rakuraku puts to carver Lewis Gardiner when she visits him in his studio in Te Puia, Rotorua.

Last month, Toi moko (mummified Māori heads) were returned to Aotearoa, and are currently housed at Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington while the repatriation team researches their identities. Justine Murray talks with manager of the process, Te Herekiekie Herewini.

Waiata featured: Hei Konei Ra and Poi E performed by Patea Maori Club and Dalvanius Maui Prime from the album Patea Māori Club and Dalvanius (2000)