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This is our last show for 2014. We've collected a kete full of our favourite Te Ahi Kaa stories from 2014 for you to share.

We'll be back at the end of January. Ma te wa!

In the last broadcast of 2014, Maraea Rakuraku looks back at highlights of the past 12 months and previews 2015 content.

“I’m more interested in Iwi taketake ki iwi taketake thinking around what we do and what it means and how we relate to eachother, rather than diving into an area that is not really our conversation where we come to it as a second layer of conversation, we’re not the first point of conversation. But when we’re talking to eachother we are the first point of conversation. It’s  easy to get hijacked by how tauiwi feels about what we do…”

 Ngahiraka Mason


For Indigenous Art curator and commentator Ngahiraka Mason it’s the kōrero Iwi taketake ki Iwi taketake ie the conversation between Indigenous cultures that should be defining cultural practice within Toi Māori instead of the sameolesameole Māori versus Pākehā diatribe.


“We as Maori spend a lot of time talking about these connections. We have to remember that whakapapa and we remember, to think about ourselves in Pacific terms. It’s part of who we understand ourselves as Māori and part of our indigeneity. There doesn’t seem to be a contradiction. Maui fished up the island and we arrived from across the sea. We’re yip. No both of them, both of them [are] true.

Alice Te Punga Somerville


Are Māori Pacific? Are Māori Pacifika? Are all questions Alice Te Punga Somerville discusses in her book, Once were Pacific: Māori Connections to Oceania (2012) in a preview to 2015. As too documentaries on the Te Māori exhibition featuring a whoswho of Māori and an in-depth look at Forestry Industry Deaths that sparked an independent Forestry Safety Review.

Taking care of oceans with 70% of our oxygen coming from the sea it makes sense to look after it right, right?

Kat Lobendahn


Kat Lobendahn and Moani Heimuli are part of the Hōkūle’a/ Hikianalia waka voyaging crew travelling under the banner of Mālama Honua drawing attention to the state of the ocean and the need for immediate action.    

“The most outrageous, the most scandalous, the most unacceptable thing taking place right now is the way the world is ignoring West Papua. West Papua needs to be our focus because West Papua helps us understand mining, logging, cultural decimation, gender based violence, torture, abuse of human rights - all sorts of things. They’re all there in West Papua. When we pay attention to West Papua it helps us to pay attention to the things around us and home.”

Teresia Teaiwa

In September, University lecturer Dr Teresia Teaiwa attended Madang Wansolwara in West Papua with her son Manoa Teaiwa and student TeKura Moeka’a. They report on their experiences of the event and how it’s shaped their relationship with “the empire”.

Creating sustainable businesses that both feeds and nurtures the community you live within is challenging. Yet two Te Urewera based organisations are proving with hardwork, tenacity and heart it’s all possible. Maraea Rakuraku visits with Wiremu Nuku of Te Urewera Treks and Manawa Honey with Brenda Tahi.

As a highly functioning musician Ruia Aperahama thought nothing of working 80 hour weeks and producing back to back award winning albums. Yet, all the success and accolades masked a deeper more traumatic pain that eventually played out in his physical, spiritual and whānau life.  

Waiata featured Make it bun dem by Skrillex & Damian Jr Gong Marley, Hohou te rongo performed by Whirimako Black from the album, Hohou te  rongo (2003)