Radio New Zealand: Te Ahi Kaa

This page lists items from RNZ that are identified as "Te Ahi Kaa". RNZ didn't start regularly putting both its audio and news content online until 2008. From 2002-2007 written news items (particularly from RNZ International) were placed online. You can access these items, plus the vast audio collecton from the mid-2000s onwards by using the day schedule pages. You can access items prior to 2002 on the historic page.

27/01/2008: Te Ahi Kaa mo 27 Kohi-tatea (January) 2008
We remember a poet who's love of the written and spoken word captivated a nation, Hone Tuwhare. [more]

03/02/2008: Te Ahi Kaa mo 3 Hui-tanguru (February) 2008
The passive resistance shown by Maori at Parihaka in 1881, continues to inspire two centuries on in various forms. [more]

08/02/2008: Te Ahi Kaa mo 08 Hui Tanguru (February) 2009
Dr Manuka Henare questions whether The Treaty of Waitangi can be viewed as New Zealand's founding document. [more]

08/02/2008: Te Ahi Kaa 08 Hui Tanguru (February) 2009
Dr Manuka Henare questions whether the Treaty of Waitangi can be viewed as New Zealand's founding document [more]

10/02/2008: Te Ahi Kaa mo 10 Hui-tanguru (February) 2008
What does Waitangi day mean to you? Maraea and Tanerau hit Waitangi and Wellington with that question. [more]

24/02/2008: Te Ahi Kaa mo 24 Hui-tanguru (February) 2008
Barry Barclay, Ngati Apa, enjoyed a colourful film career, including projects as Ngati and Te Rua. Te Ahi Kaa remembers him. [more]

28/02/2008: Te Wetewete Review
Te Maire Tau reviews This Horrid Practice: The Myth and Reality of Maori Cannibalism by Paul Moon [more]

23/03/2008: Te Ahi Kaa for 23 Poutu te Rangi (March) 2008
The Australian government kept its 2007 election promise to say "sorry" to indigenous Australians. [more]

30/03/2008: Te Ahi Kaa for 30 Poutu te Rangi (March) 2008
Safekeeping of traditional knowledge is an important task that's been made more accessible by a roopu of indigenous Australians. [more]

06/04/2008: Te Ahi Kaa for 06 Paenga-whawha (April) 2008
The misuse of indigenous culture in the international marketplace is explored in a programme which looks at how trademarks are used and intellectual property is safeguarded. [more]

20/04/2008: Te Ahi Kaa for 20 Paenga-whawha (April) 2008
We remember the life and career of singer and songwriter Mahinarangi Tocker (Ngati Raukawa, Ngati Tuwharetoa, Ngati Maniapoto). [more]

27/04/2008: Te Ahi Kaa for 27 Paenga-whawha (April) 2008
Te Ahi Kaa looks at the legacy of the 28th Maori Battalion and its influence on Aotearoa. [more]

04/05/2008: Te Ahi Kaa for 04 Haratua (May) 2008
Te Ahi Kaa reviews "Pou Korero", a book designed to assist mainstream journalists report on issues that affect Maori. [more]

11/05/2008: Te Ahi Kaa for 11 Haratua (May) 2008
What is a Tohunga? Author, Paul Moon, reveals some of the discoveries he made while researching the subject. [more]

18/05/2008: Te Ahi Kaa for 18 Haratua (May) 2008
Jemaine Clement, from 'Flight of the Concords', talks about life growing up in the Wairarapa, being Maori, and TV shows. [more]

25/05/2008: Te Ahi Kaa 25 Haratua (May) 2008
From pouring pints to singing Verdi, current Lexus Song Quest winner Phillip Rhodes reflects on his childhood and career. [more]

01/06/2008: Whakatauki: Ka puta Matariki, ka rere a Whānui
Ka puta Matariki, ka rere a Whānui. Ko te tohu tena o te tau e. Matariki re-appears, Whānui starts its flight. Being the sign of the new year! (Whānui, also known as Vega, is the fifth brightest star in the sky, and the marker of the Polynesian new year in ancient times) [more]

01/06/2008: Te Ahi Kaa mo 01 Pipiri (June) 2008
The tragedy of the Vietnam War lives on 30 years later and for the next 7 generations. [more]

08/06/2008: Te Ahi Kaa mo 8 Pipiri (June) 2008
Takaparawhau - Bastion Point was a defining moment in the history of Aotearoa. [more]

15/06/2008: Te Ahi Kaa mo 15 Pipiri (June) 2008
Indigenous theatre is about to be celebrated in a tour of Aotearoa. [more]

21/06/2008: Haere atu rā e koro, ki te paepae o Matariki, o Rehua
Haere atu rā e koro ki te paepae o Matariki, o Rehua. Haere atu ra. - Farewell go to the threshold of Matariki, of Rehua. Farewell. [more]

22/06/2008: Te Ahi Kaa mo 22 Pipiri (June) 2008
Musician Mara TK lived one of his fantasies when he recorded with Om'Mas Keith at the Red Bull Academy in 2007. [more]

24/06/2008: Te Ahi Kaa mo 2 Poutu-te-rangi (March) 2008
Waiata has long been used to affirm Maori solidarity and interest. Tama Tu, Tama Ora is a showcase of kaupapa maori waiata. [more]

29/06/2008: Te Ahi Kaa mo 29 Pipiri (June) 2008
Noho marae from the perspective of Indigenous Canadians, Americans and Australians. [more]

06/07/2008: Te Ahi Kaa mo 06 Hongongoi (July) 2008
Kaumatua Kapa Haka at Te Papa, an archival recording made in 1979 and plans the Kohanga Reo has for the next 25 years. [more]

13/07/2008: Te Ahi Kaa mo13 Hongongoi (July) 2008
Will holding science wananga on marae increase Maori enrolments at universities? [more]

20/07/2008: Te Ahi Kaa mo 20 Hongongoi (July) 2008
An ordinary man writing extraordinarily- one of the many descriptions recounted about Hone Tuwhare at a recent memorial service. [more]

27/07/2008: Te Ahi Kaa mo 27 Hongongoi (July) 2008
What compels someone to learn Te Reo Maori? [more]

03/08/2008: Te Ahi Kaa mo 03 Hereturikoka (August) 2008
Just how "objective" is the media when reporting matters affecting Maori? [more]

10/08/2008: Te Ahi Kaa mo 10 Hereturikoka (August) 2008
Ruia Aperahama has battled addictions and come out the other side philosophical and upbeat. [more]

17/08/2008: Te Ahi Kaa mo 17 Hereturikoka (August) 2008
Justine Murray goes backstage at the recent Regional Kapahaka competitions in Wellington. [more]

24/08/2008: Te Ahi Kaa mo 24 Here-turi-koka (August) 2008
The bravery of Maori pilot, John Pohe is celebrated in a documentary 60 years after his death. [more]

31/08/2008: Te Ahi Kaa mo 31 Hereturikoka (August) 2008
Te Ahi is at the second anniversary of the coronation of King Tuheitia plus coverage of the Deed of Settlement river signing. [more]

07/09/2008: Te Ahi Kaa mo 07 Mahuru (August) 2008
As one Iwi settles, another begins. The Waitangi Tribunal [more]

14/09/2008: Te Ahi Kaa mo 14 Mahuru (September) 2008
Is teaching at your old school all its cracked up to be? We ask Colin Maihi of New Plymouth Boys Highschool. [more]

21/09/2008: Te Ahi Kaa mo 21 Mahuru (September) 2008
Katerina Daniels pined for her whanau when she shifted to the South Island finding she only heard Te Reo Maori in the pubs. [more]

28/09/2008: Te Ahi Kaa mo 28 Mahuru (September) 2008
According to Kero Opai transliterations the sexist nature of the english language is damaging the integrity of Te Reo Maori. [more]

05/10/2008: Te Ahi Kaa mo 05 Whiringa-a-nuku (October) 2008
Iritana Tawhiwhirangi adds another award to her honour board and Michael Franti is back in town. [more]

12/10/2008: Te Ahi Kaa mo 12 Whiringa-a-nuku (October) 2008
The impact of the 2007 October15 Police raids a year on. [more]

19/10/2008: Te Ahi Kaa mo 19 Whiringa-a-nuku (October) 2008
Henare Walmsley and Rendell Hape of Tawhiri Architects explain how they incorporate tikanga Maori into their business practice. [more]

26/10/2008: Te Ahi Kaa 26 mo Whiringa-a-nuku (October) 2008
The legendary contribution of the 28th Maori Battalion is revisited in a book celebrating Company C written by Monty Soutar. [more]

02/11/2008: Te Ahi Kaa 2 Whiringa-a-rangi (November) 2008
In 2005 remnants of a Pa from the 1800's were discovered metres from mainstreet Wellington, Maraea investigates. [more]

09/11/2008: Te Ahi Kaa 09 Whiringa-a-rangi (November) 2008
Rawinia Paku overcame many challenges to rise to the top of her game as a bodybuilder as Justine Murray finds out. [more]

16/11/2008: Te Ahi Kaa 16 Whiringa-a-rangi (November) 2008
A distinct feature of Awarua - Te Rau Aroha marae is its eightsided whare tupuna - Dean Whaanga explains the design. [more]

23/11/2008: Te Ahi Kaa 23 Whiringa-a-rangi (November) 2008
Justine Murray gets a guided tour of Nga hau e wha marae in Chch. [more]

30/11/2008: Te Ahi Kaa 30 Whiringa-a-rangi (November) 2008
According to Dr Khyla Russell seems fitting the Otago Polytechnic campus is sited where historical applied learning took place. [more]

07/12/2008: Te Ahi Kaa 7 Hakihea (December) 2008
Maraea talks to Kuia Lexie Starkey (no Maungamaunu Pa) who recalls her childhood memories back in the 1930's and 1940's. [more]

14/12/2008: Te Ahi Kaa 4 Hakihea (December) 2008
Minister of Maori Affairs Dr Pita Sharples speaks candidly about the education system and its failure towards Maori. [more]

21/12/2008: Te Ahi Kaa 21 Hakihea (December) 2008
Parihaka Peace festival and Ratana Celebrations are two summer kaupapa happening in the new year. [more]

01/02/2009: Te Ahi Kaa
How will the appointment of the first African American president affect Maori and a choir debuts at the Parihaka Peace festival [more]

08/02/2009: Te Ahi Kaa 08 Hui Tanguru (February) 2009
Dr Manuka Henare questions whether the Treaty of Waitangi can be viewed as New Zealand's founding document [more]

15/02/2009: Te Ahi Kaa 15 Hui Tanguru (February) 2009
It's Countdown time until the Matatini. [more]

22/02/2009: Te Ahi Kaa 22 Hui Tanguru (February) 2009
What sort of tangihanga insists on everyone being happy, no black clothes and no haka performances. Maraea finds out. [more]

01/03/2009: Te Ahi Kaa 1 Poutu-te-rangi (March) 2009
Te Matatini 2009, the National Kapa Haka Festival has its share of dramas as Justine Murray finds out. [more]

08/03/2009: Te Ahi Kaa 08 Poutu-te-rangi (March) 2009
How does a traditional Pa site sit alongside modern development? Maraea Rakuraku asks Te Marino Lenihan. [more]

15/03/2009: Te Ahi Kaa 15 Poutu-te-rangi (March) 2009
Takataapui Stanley Waipouri was the victim of a vicious hate crime in 2006. How is it for gay Maori three years later? [more]

22/03/2009: Te Ahi Kaa 22 Poutu-te-rangi (March) 2009
In a recording from the 1970's, Graham Latimer was talking about the Maori economic situation. [more]

29/03/2009: Te Ahi Kaa mo 29 Poutu-te-rangi (March) 2009
By using Rock Art imagery in a clothing range, Ngai Tahu Iwi is trying to manage cultural integrity with commercial gain. [more]

05/04/2009: Te Ahi Kaa 05 Paenga-whawha (April) 2009
In the 1900's Sue Eddington's people were relocated from their high country traditional lands to flatlands because of a lie. [more]

12/04/2009: Te Ahi Kaa 12 Paenga-whawha (April) 2009
As a Chinese Maori, Larry Thompson believes he benefits from the best parts of his dual whakapapa. [more]

19/04/2009: Te Ahi Kaa 19 Paenga-whawha (April) 2009
When Ranga Tuhi started his degree 5 years ago he was one of 5 Maori, now heÂ's the only one graduating. [more]

26/04/2009: Te Ahi Kaa 26 Paenga-whawha (April) 2009
Maraea Rakuraku spends time with Tahu Potiki Hopkinson one of the 53 remaining veterans from the 28 (Maori) Battalion. [more]

03/05/2009: Te Ahi Kaa 3 Haratua (May) 2009
Te Kai Manawa Ora is the new food safety guide launched by the NZ food Safety Authority. [more]

10/05/2009: Te Ahi Kaa 10 Haratua (May) 2009
Hear public responses to the Foreshore and Seabed ministerial review panel and a private investigator talks about her trade. [more]

10/05/2009: Lexie Starkey interview
Ngai Tahu kuia Lexie Starkey (1925-2009) describes her childhood at Mangamaunu pa, Kaikoura to Maraea Rakuraku. [more]

17/05/2009: Te Ahi Kaa 17 Haratua (May) 2009
Moana Jackson and Claire Charters explain why the Foreshore and Seabed Act continues to create debate here and internationally. [more]

24/05/2009: Te Ahi Kaa 24 Haratua (May) 2009
Singer Ladi 6 talks about her debut album' Time is Not Much' and the four year plight to finish the album. [more]

31/05/2009: Te Ahi Kaa 31 Haratua (May) 2009
Ki-o-Rahi is a sport played in France and yet virtually unknown here in Aotearoa, Maraea Rakuraku investigates. [more]

09/06/2009: Te Ahi Kaa 07 Pipiri (June) 2009
On the 25 May, 2009. the hikoi protesting the creation of Auckland as a supercity brought its lunchtime traffic to a standstill. [more]

14/06/2009: Te Ahi Kaa 14 Pipiri (June) 2009
Would you trade your prized Harley Davidson bike for a 16 seater bus? That's what Doug Tamaki did to kickstart Tamaki Tours. [more]

21/06/2009: Te Ahi Kaa 21 Pipiri (June) 2009
ItÂ's in the blood and a real whanau affair for the Church and Halley families whose lives revolve around Rodeo. [more]

28/06/2009: Te Ahi Kaa 28 Pipiri (June) 2009
The learnings of their old people serve a ta moko practitioner and a scholar well in their fight against colonisation. [more]

05/07/2009: Te Ahi Kaa for 5 Hongongoi (July) 2009
Founder and Director of the Wairoa Film Festival Leo Koziol gives the lowdown on this years festival and the line up of Movies screened over the four day film fest. [more]

12/07/2009: Te Ahi Kaa 12 Hongongoi (July) 2009
Evelyn Kawiti explains the meaning of her art exhibition 'Lost Voices', ink and water colours depicting Maori Children in the 1800's. [more]

19/07/2009: Te Ahi Kaa 19 (Hongongoi) 2009
Knowledge of his tuhoetanga has helped Te Taurewa Victor Biddle deal with homopohia. [more]

26/07/2009: Te Ahi Kaa mo 26 o Hongongoi
E nga mana, E nga reo! Me tahuri ki tenei wahanga o Te Ahi Kaa i roto i te reo maori anake! [more]

26/07/2009: Te Ahi Kaa mo 26 o Hongongoi - English Version
Te Ahi Kaa features people who have been heavily involved in the revitalisation of te reo Maori. [more]

02/08/2009: Te Ahi Kaa for 02 (Here-turi-koka) 2009
Dr Katerina Mataira is a legend within Te Ao Maori and her achievements are now being recognised with an international award. [more]

09/08/2009: Te Ahi Kaa mo 09 o Here-turi-koka (August) 2009
The contributions mother and daughter team, Rangimarie Hetet and Diggeress Te Kanawa made to the world of weaving is remembered. [more]

16/08/2009: Te Ahi Kaa mo 16 o Here-turi-koka (August) 2009
Actor Nancy Brunning talks about her role in the movie The Strength of Water written by Briar Grace Smith. [more]

23/08/2009: Te Ahi Kaa mo 23 o Here-turi-koka (August) 2009
Which flag best represents Maori? Justine Murray brings Coverage of the flag hui held at Taputeranga Marae. [more]

30/08/2009: Te Ahi Kaa mo 30 o Hereturikoka (August)
Jackie Mutu and Wiremu Barriball are taking on lucrative business ventures. [more]

06/09/2009: Te Ahi Kaa mo 06 o Mahuru (September) 2009
Former butler now kids author Tommy Kapai and John Panirau, Naomi Bunker and Iaean Cranfield of Wairewa Marae. [more]

13/09/2009: Te Ahi Kaa mo 13 o Mahuru (September) 2009
Protecting resources for the future is behind the Wairewa Runaka and their mission to look after Te Roto o Wairewa. [more]

20/09/2009: Te Ahi Kaa mo 20 o Mahuru (September) 2009
The acidification of the oceans could potentially affect post Treaty settlement investment in the fisheries industry. [more]

27/09/2009: Te Ahi Kaa mo 27 o Mahuru (September) 2009
Hirini Melbourne (posthumously) and Richard Nunns are inducted into the Music hall of fame at the recent APRA Silver Scrolls. [more]

03/10/2009: Te Ahi Kaa mo 04 o Whiringa-a-nuku (October) 2009
Tino Rangatiratanga could be something as simple as growing a vegie garden and managing a clean water supply. [more]

11/10/2009: Te Ahi Kaa mo 11 o Whiringa-a-nuku (October) 2009
Professor Te Wharehuia Milroy has notched up another award recognising his contribution to te reo Maori. [more]

18/10/2009: Te Ahi Kaa mo 18 o Whiringa-a-nuku (October) 2009
Is dedicating a space in an art gallery specifically for Maori art going to pull in Maori punters? [more]

25/10/2009: Te Ahi Kaa mo 25 o Whiringa-a-nuku (October) 2009
Labeled a language nazi by some - Timoti KaretuÂ's dedication to te reo Maori has been acknowledged with an award. [more]

01/11/2009: Te Ahi Kaa mo 01 o Whiringa a rangi (November) 2009
Husband and wife, Tai and Kaaterina Kerekere hold their first joint art exhibition aptly name Fried Bread and Golden Syrup inspired by childhood memories of eating Fried Bread with Golden Syrup with whanau. [more]

08/11/2009: Te Ahi Kaa mo 08 o Whiringa-a- rangi (November) 2009
How many Maori know they partly own the 2 degrees cellphone network? Maraea Rakuraku investigates [more]

08/11/2009: Chief Judge Wilson Isaac Interview
Maraea Rakuraku profiles Ngati Porou, Ngati Kahungunu, Tuhoe Wilson Isaac the newly appointed Chief Judge of the Maori Land Court and Chairperson of the Waitangi Tribunal. [more]

15/11/2009: Te Ahi Kaa mo 15 o Whiringa-a- rangi (November) 2009
Move over Monopoly and Cranium - Ngati Kahungunu iwi have invented their very own board game - Toku iwi. [more]

22/11/2009: Te Ahi Kaa mo 22 o Whiringa-a- rangi (November) 2009
Justine Murray gets an education on the viticulture industry when she tours a Maori business, Tohu Wines in Blenheim. [more]

29/11/2009: Te Ahi Kaa mo 29 o Whiringa-a- rangi (November) 2009
Te Ahi Kaa talks with Dr Maria Bargh about how Maori stack up compared to other indigenous nations when it comes to alternative energy solutions. [more]

06/12/2009: Te Ahi Kaa mo 06 o Hakihea (December) 2009
Marae are run more like businesses these days as Maraea Rakuraku discovers when she meets Maani Stirling and Fiona Musson of Te Taumutu- Ngati Moki Marae [more]

13/12/2009: Te Ahi Kaa mo 13 o Hakihea (December) 2009
Maraea Rakuraku visits Whangara Pa, where according to Ngati Konohi, a man called Paikea made landfall on the back of a whale. [more]

20/12/2009: Te Ahi Kaa mo 20 o Hakihea (December) 2009
From the arts scene to the environment, The supercity Hikoi to Te Matatini - Te Ahi looks back on 2009 for the final show of the year. [more]

31/01/2010: Te Ahi Kaa mo 31 o Kohitaatea (January) 2010
Dr Nathan Matthews reviews the only New Zealand book published that responds to the 2007 Terror Raids. [more]

07/02/2010: Te Ahi Kaa mo 07 o Hui-tanguru (February) 2010
How relevant is the tino rangatiratanga flag and the New Zealand Flag in todays society? We feature different opinions on the issue. [more]

14/02/2010: Te Ahi Kaa mo 14 o Hui-tanguru (February) 2010
How does a cemetary containing 56 bodies disappear from an Iwi consciousness? Maraea Rakuraku finds out. [more]

19/02/2010: Richard Cornell on Te Ahi Kaa
Justine Murray talks to Richard Cornell about his passion in stonemasonry (longer version). [more]

21/02/2010: Te Ahi Kaa mo 21 o Hui-tanguru (February) 2010
Maraea takes a road trip with Harvey Bell and Hari Benevides taking in the sights on the way to Morikau Farm in Whanganui. [more]

28/02/2010: Te Ahi Kaa mo 28 o Hui-tanguru February 2010
What does breastfeeding have to do with cannibalism? Kai Tahu academic Te Maire Tau reviews the book This Horrid Practice by Paul Moon. [more]

07/03/2010: Te Ahi Kaa mo 07 o Poutu-te-rangi (March) 2010
Pitched as a Maori boutique musical Maraea Rakuraku meets the stars of He Reo Aroha Jamie McCaskill and Kali Kopae. [more]

14/03/2010: Te Ahi Kaa mo 14 o Poutu te rangi (March) 2010
Despite all the negative health statistics Maori are embracing healthy lifestyles. [more]

21/03/2010: Te Ahi Kaa mo 21 o Poutu te rangi (March) 2010
The legacy of Te Piki Kotuku Kereama (1962-2010) is still being felt today at a radio station in Otaki. [more]

28/03/2010: Te Ahi kaa mo 28 o Poutu-te-rangi (March)
Te Aroha Pono: How Maori find love - the first in the Whakatewhatewha series. [more]

04/04/2010: Te Ahi kaa mo 04 o Paenga Whawha (April) 2010
Otaki School Principal Chris Derbidge talks about the media attention last year, after kids of Maori unit were given a letter writing assignment. [more]

11/04/2010: Te Ahi kaa mo 11 o Paenga Whawha (April) 2010
Maraea Rakuraku finds out how Ngati Tukorehe Pa in Otaki is keeping their Marae fires burning. [more]

18/04/2010: Te Ahi kaa mo 18 o Paenga Whawha (April) 2010
What happens to rubbish collection if your pa is in the wopwops and you want to be environmentally friendly. Why, you recycle of course - just ask Tukorehe marae. [more]

25/04/2010: Te Ahi Kaa mo 25 o Paenga-whawha (April) 2010
Porokoru Johnny Patapu Pohe (1914-1944) was a legend in his time and thanks to a television documentary is becoming known to a new generation of Maori. [more]

30/04/2010: Te Ahi Kaa mo 02 o Haratua (May) 2010
Cam Ferguson reflects on his win at the Golden Shears 2010. [more]

09/05/2010: Te Ahi kaa mo 09 o Haratua (May) 2010
Shared experiences of colonisation brought Maori and Pacifika activists together with a London-based black theatre group creating Keskidee Aroha. Maraea Rakuraku finds out more. [more]

16/05/2010: Te Ahi Kaa mo 16 o Haratua (May) 2010
Horouta Waka Hoe club in Gisborne has trained some fierce paddlers, as Maraea found out. [more]

23/05/2010: Te Ahi Kaa for 23 May 2010
James Mihaere talks to Justine Murray about his chosen sport - Sumo Wrestling. [more]

30/05/2010: Te Ahi Kaa mo 30 o Haratua (May) 2010
Maraea Rakuraku investigates Marae Justice and it's role in the past and present. [more]

04/06/2010: Te Ahi Kaa mo 06 o Pipiri (June) 2010
Robert Pouwhare pays tribute to Film Maker Merata Mita (1942 - 2010). [more]

13/06/2010: Te Ahi Kaa mo 13 o Pipiri (June) 2010
Health consultant Brenda Close explains a new health initiative to increase Maori nurses and midwives [more]

20/06/2010: Te Ahi Kaa mo 20 o Pipiri (June) 2010
When traditional Maori culture starts to impose restrictions on contemporary Maori culture, is that allowing the culture to grow? [more]

27/06/2010: Te Ahi Kaa mo 27 o Pipiri (June) 2010
Maori All Blacks coach Jamie Joseph talks about the past and present state of Maori Rugby. [more]

04/07/2010: Te Ahi Kaa mo 04 o Hongongoi (July) 2010
Its Not Okay anti-violence campaign front man Vic Tamati talks to Maraea Rakuraku [more]

11/07/2010: Te Ahi Kaa mo 11 o Hongongoi (July) 2010
Ranginui Walker talks about how he has never been seduced by the"chattels of office"and Justine Murray tours a marae in Blenheim. [more]

18/07/2010: Te Ahi Kaa mo 18 o Hongongoi (July) 2010
The fabulous world of Maori and Fashion [more]

25/07/2010: Te Ahi Kaa mo 25 o Hongongoi (July) 2010
Maori arts and tikanga is the topic of a weavers panel discussion. [more]

01/08/2010: Te Ahi Kaa mo 01 o Here turi Koka (August) 2010
Ruakere Hond talks about strategies to strengthen te reo Maori. [more]

08/08/2010: Te Ahi Kaa mo 08 o Here turi Koka (August) 2010
What makes a woman finally decide she's had enough of violence? A combination of things actually as Maraea Rakuraku finds out. [more]

15/08/2010: Te Ahi Kaa mo 15 o Here turi Koka (August) 2010
The significance of Papawai marae, Greytown is remembered by one of its descendents Diane Rewi. [more]

22/08/2010: Te Ahi Kaa mo 22 o Here turi Koka (August) 2010
A tribute show to Koro Dewes and Te Miringa Hohaia in archival recordings. [more]

29/08/2010: Te Ahi Kaa mo 29 o Here turi Koka (August) 2010
Justine Murray visits the New Breastscreening unit at Kenepuru Hospital. [more]

05/09/2010: Te Ahi Kaa mo 5 o Mahuru (September) 2010
Kaumatua aren't just ceremonial roles they're much much more, as Te Ahi Kaa is reminded of this week. [more]

12/09/2010: Te Ahi Kaa mo 29 o Here turi Koka (August) 2010
Wairukuruku Maere is honoured at this years Te Waka toi awards. [more]

19/09/2010: Te Ahi Kaa mo 19 o Mahuru (September) 2010
Taranaki Iwi are ensuring Te Kopae Piripono students don't feel compromised speaking te reo Maori in a mainstream environment. [more]

26/09/2010: Te Ahi Kaa mo 26 o Mahuru 2010
A paint by numbers approach to tangihanga could be a thing of the past. Maraea Rakuraku finds out more. [more]

03/10/2010: Te Ahi Kaa mo 03 o Whiringa aa Nuku 2010
What's the difference between the 2004 Foreshore and Seabed Act and Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill? [more]

10/10/2010: Te Ahi Kaa mo 10 o Whiringa aa Nuku 2010
Maraea Rakuraku joins students at a netball orientation day in Palmerston North seeking entry into Tu Toa Maori Sports Academy. [more]

17/10/2010: Te Ahi Kaa mo 17 o Whiringa aa nuku (October) 2010
Football may just be the new rugby. Maraea Rakuraku meets Winston Reid and gains some of his paternal whanau perspective on the football star. [more]

18/10/2010: Te Ahi Kaa mo 17 o Whiringa aa nuku (October) 2010
Football may just be the new rugby. Maraea Rakuraku meets Winston Reid and gains some of his paternal whanau perspective on the football star. [more]

19/10/2010: Te Ahi Kaa mo 17 o Whiringa aa nuku (October) 2010
Football may just be the new rugby. Maraea Rakuraku meets Winston Reid and gains some of his paternal whanau perspective on the football star. [more]

24/10/2010: Te Ahi Kaa mo 24 o Whiringa aa nuku (October) 2010
How is tikanga observed when considering organ donation or organ transplants? Justine Murray explores the issue. [more]

31/10/2010: Te Ahi Kaa mo 31 o Whiringa aa nuku (October) 2010
Gardener Harriet Rei shows Maraea around her maara kai in Patea. [more]

07/11/2010: Te Ahi Kaa mo 07 o Whiringa aa Rangi (Nov) 2010
Te Ahi kaa is at the 2010 National Maori squash tournament. [more]

14/11/2010: Te Ahi Kaa mo 14 o Whiringa aa rangi (November) 2010
Description: Does contributing to the economy of another country betray your own? Just one of the questions Maraea Rakuraku puts to health researcher Dr Clive Aspin. [more]

21/11/2010: Te Ahi Kaa mo 21 o Whiringa aa Rangi (Nov) 2010
Te Rakau Hua o Wao Tapu Trust pushes at the conventions of theatre as Maraea Rakuraku discovers and Justine Murray tours Maori girls boarding school, Hukarere. [more]

28/11/2010: Te Ahi Kaa mo 28 o Whiringa aa rangi (Nov) 2010
Pig-dig training is proving to be financially lucrative for the Kauta whanau of Omaio - Torere. [more]

05/12/2010: Te Ahi Kaa mo 5 o Hakihea (December) 2010
Marama Pala represents the growing demographic of heterosexual Maori women living with the HIV virus. [more]

12/12/2010: Te Ahi Kaa mo 12 o Hakihea (December) 2010
Phil Campbell reminisces about his music playing days during the 1950's and 1960's before teaching Maraea Rakuraku a few tunes on the ukulele. [more]

19/12/2010: Te Ahi Kaa mo 19 o Hakihea (December) 2010
Maraea reminesces xmas day with members of the 28th M?ori Battalion in our last show for 2010. [more]

30/01/2011: Te Ahi Kaa mo 30 o Kohitatea (January) 2011
Maraea Rakuraku is at the Norm Edwards Memorial Maori TaeKwon Do tournament [more]

30/01/2011: John Rangihau - Brown Power and the Pākeha Problem (extended)
John Rangihau - Brown Power and the P?keha Problem [more]

06/02/2011: Te Ahi Kaa mo 06 o Hui Tanguru (February) 2011
Matiu Sommes, Makaaro and Mokopuna islands in Wellington are handed back to iwi. [more]

13/02/2011: Te Ahi Kaa mo 13 o Hui Tanguru (February) 2011
Wellingtons Wharewaka is officially opened. [more]

20/02/2011: Te Ahi Kaa mo 20 o Hui Tanguru (February) 2011
Maraea Rakuraku tours the exhibition Mana Takatapui Taera Tane. [more]

06/03/2011: Te Ahi Kaa mo 06 o Poutu te Rangi (March) 2011
Natalie Friend describes wool felting and Piri Sciascia talks about the role of Te Mangai Paho. [more]

20/03/2011: Te Ahi Kaa mo 20 o Poutu te Rangi (March) 2011
Kawiti Waetford is one of the recipients of the Ngarimu VC Scholarships. [more]

27/03/2011: Te Ahi Kaa mo 27 o Poutu te Rangi (March) 2011
The Takutai Moana Hikoi 2011 arrives in Wellington. [more]

03/04/2011: Te Ahi Kaa mo 03 Paengawhawha (April)
Description: Te Tai Tonga MP Rahui Katene talks about the Marine and Coastal Takutai Moana Act 2011. [more]

10/04/2011: Te Ahi Kaa mo 10 o Paenga Whawha (April) 2011
Massey University PHD student Zirsha Wharemate is researching Maori potatoes. [more]

17/04/2011: Te Ahi Kaa mo 17 o Paenga Whawha (April) 2011
Bookbinder Joshua Kauta shows Maraea Rakuraku around his workroom in Omaio. [more]

24/04/2011: Te Ahi Kaa mo 24 o Paenga Whawha (April) 2011
E kore matou e warewaretia - 28th Maori Battalion special. [more]

01/05/2011: Te Ahi Kaa mo 01 o Haratua (May) - 2011
Aunty's Garden in Waipatu is all about growing mara kai. [more]

08/05/2011: Te Ahi Kaa mo 08 o Haratua (May) - 2011
How does one cope with sudden celebrity after being on a reality show? - Te Ahi Kaa asks Cameron Petley. [more]

15/05/2011: Te Ahi Kaa mo 15 o Haratua (May) 2011
Following in the tradition of Lapita pottery, Maori clay artistry is going strong as Maraea Rakuraku discovers when she attends a Nga Kaihanga Uku wananga. [more]

22/05/2011: Te Ahi Kaa mo 22 o Haratua (May) 2011
Maraea Rakuraku attends this year's Victoria University Alumni dinner in which Maori writer and Director Taika Waititi is honoured. [more]

29/05/2011: Te Ahi Kaa mo 29 o Haratua (May) 2011
Koha for kai that's the go at a café in Lower Hutt, Wellington Maraea Rakuraku finds out more, and Justine Murray tours a marae in Nelson, Whakatu that still feels the impact of Raupatu today but, in a very practical sense. [more]

05/06/2011: Te Ahi Kaa mo 5 o Pipiri (June)
Maraea visits Otakanini incorporation a finalists in in this years Ahuwhenua Farming Award, and Justine meets four Hawaiian Students at Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Mana Tamariki. [more]

12/06/2011: Te Ahi Kaa mo 12 o Pipiri 2011
This year on June 10th marks the 125th anniversary of the eruption of Mount Tarawera. [more]

19/06/2011: Te Ahi Kaa mo 19 o Pipiri (June) 2011
Miria George and Hone Kouka of Tawata Productions talk about some of the more challenging aspects of creating Maori theatre and the upcoming Matariki Development Festival helping to grow Maori writing. Nothing like the promise of boil-up to motivate Justine Murray in joining the harvesting of Taewa Maori - Maori potatoes with Dr Nick Roskruge in Palmerston North and the year is 1987, the location is Waiariki Polytech, Rotorua and the subject is Maori journalism. [more]

26/06/2011: Te Ahi Kaa mo 26 o Pipiri (June) 2011
How far has Waka Navigation come? In our archival recording we're back in 1992 welcoming back Te Aurere waka from Rarotonga which set out on its maiden voyage, and Justine Murray talks to Awhina Twomey about to embark on a Pacific Voyage of her own aboard the waka Te Matau a Maui. [more]

03/07/2011: Te Ahi Kaa mo 3 o Hongongoi (July) 2011
The theme of this years Te Wiki o te reo Maori (July 03-July 10) is manaakitanga and this week Te Ahi Kaa presents aspects of it in action. Justine Murray is in a garden with Pakeha botanist Jenny Hickman, Maraea Rakuraku spends time with Chris Karaitiana - a Napier based counselor helping Maori whanau create violent -free lifestyles and a Whanganui whanau reminisce about the sacrifices made by their old people that will benefit generations to come. [more]

10/07/2011: Te Ahi Kaa mo 10 o Hongongoi (July) 2011
In 1987 Chris Winitana was the tutor of the then newly set up Waiariki Polytechnic Maori Journalism course in Rotorua, one of his students in that intake was Maramena Roderick. Chris has gone to set up Kura and Kohanga Reo and has produced a number of audio and reading maori language resources, Maramena became an award winning Journalist. Twenty four years on, both teacher and student are in a panel discussion with Maraea Rakuraku, joined with Journalist Jon Stokes about the state of Maori Journalism today, has anything changed in 24 years? [more]

17/07/2011: Te Ahi Kaa mo 17 o Hongongoi (July) 2011
Maori Journalism, how far has it come? Te Ahi Kaa features part two of a panel discussion with Chris Winitana, Maramena Roderick and Jon Stokes; we feature coverage of the Waiariki Maori journalism course 25th reunion in Rotorua and Maraea visits Tipu Ora Niho Oranga, a maori dental clinic in Rotorua. [more]

24/07/2011: Te Ahi Kaa mo 24 o Hongongoi (July) 2011
On July 16th 2011, Dame Katerina Te Heikoko Mataira died. Her contribution to Te Ao Maori and Te Ao Pakeha is profiled in a series of Radio New Zealand archival recordings. Maori Battalion Vet Arthur Midwood recalls his days post Battle for Crete in 1941, which would not have been amiss as a story in the popular Commando series of comics, and Justine talks to brother and sister Taria and Arapeta Tahana about their involvement in building succession plans for Te Arawa Iwi [more]

31/07/2011: Te Ahi Kaa mo 31 o Hongongoi 2011
Hear the sweet voices of Musical Island boys and their take on the Maori classic waiata, Po Atarau. We continue our tribute to Dame Katarina Te Heikoko Mataira and her tireless work into the revitilisation of te reo Maori, and Justine is at Te Roro o te Rangi Marae in Ohinemutu, Rotorua. [more]

07/08/2011: Te Ahi Kaa mo 7 o Here Turi Koka 2011
Te Ahi Kaa this week features the documentary Remembering Makareti produced by Paul Diamond. It delves into the extraordinary life of Makareti Papakura also known as Guide Maggie famous for her tour guides at the Whakarewarewa village in Rotorua, her academic achievements at Oxford, and the love of her home and people. [more]

14/08/2011: Te Ahi Kaa mo 14 o Hereturikoka
Professor Michael Walker was the recipient of two awards at this year's Prime Ministers National Tertiary Excellence awards, he talks to Justine Murray. Peata Melbourne is heading a project that will see the works of her uncle, Hirini Melbourne, covered by some of today's emerging maori artists. And Kingi Biddle is off to Las Vegas to compete at the International Toastmasters competition. [more]

21/08/2011: Te Ahi Kaa mo 21 o Here- turi-koka
During his lifetime, Sir Paul Reeves (1932-2011) held a number of high-profile positions from Anglican Archbishop to New zealand first Maori Governor General. But it was in 1990 when asked by Henare te Ua who he was answerable too, in his new role representing the Anglican Communion at the United Nations, he quipped, "Every night I report to my maker". Te Ahi Kaa presents an excerpt from that encounter. [more]

28/08/2011: Te Ahi Kaa mo 28 o Hereturikoka (August) 2011
For Kawata Teepa its one of his proudest moments. Leading the team of Andrew Burdan and Elton Gregory that has in graphic novel form retold the last 36 hours of 28 Maori Battalion soldier, Te Moana nui a Kiwa Ngarimu (1918-1943), the first Maori awardee of the Victoria Cross. Tina Ratana Olsen talks about the outcome of the Kohanga Reo Trust urgent hearing held at the Waitangi Tribunal recently. Maria Kapa sings her version of Te Arawa waiata, Hinemoa - opera styles and Te Whanau a Apanui Iwi fear the exploratory oil drilling taking place off their coastline, at the moment may result in the environmental disaster that was the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Dayle Takitimu explains the Iwi position. [more]

04/09/2011: Te Ahi Kaa 4 Mahuru 2011
In Te Ahi Kaa, we feature an archival recording of te reo Māori advocate and Ngati Pōrou Sir Tamati Reedy.  The event is the World Indigenous peoples conference in education held at Tūrangawaewae marae, Hamilton in 1990 where he delivers a powerful speech about retaining language and identity. Selwyn Rawiri  is a nominee in the Best Māori Male solo category at this years Waiata Māori awards he has a chat with Justine, and we profile Mitai Village in Rotorua with Te Hau Wetini. [more]

11/09/2011: Te Ahi Kaa 11 Mahuru 2011
In Te Ahi Kaa, the life of Maori Rugby legend George Nepia is the subject of the play I, George Nepia written by Hone Kouka of Tawata productions. Maraea Rakuraku is with Director Jason Te Kare and actor Jarod Rawiri. Awanui Reeder talks about his journey so far as a solo artist off the back of his EP release Native Intel, and Justine Murray talks to Te Waka Toi recipient Karangawai Marsh. [more]

18/09/2011: Te Ahi Kaa 18 Māhuru 2011
Maraea Rakuraku is with Academic Dr Hirini Moko Mead who traces the history of Mataatua Whare Tipuna as iwi Ngati Awa mark its return with an official opening on September 17th 2011. In an archival segment from Te Ahi Kaa 2009, the church whanau talk about their love of Rodeo, and Tai Kerekere is one of this year's Nga Taonga Toi a te waka toi scholarship recipients. [more]

25/09/2011: Te Ahi Kaa 25 o Mahuru 2011
Saana Murray (1925 - 2011) espouses the benefits of Kumara Hou known for its medicinal purposes at an Ethnobotany hui in Christchurch in the late 1980's, print maker Marilyn Webb recalls her artistic career that came about through the revolutionary teachings of Gordon Tovey (1901-1974) and Ngati Porou Seth Haapu is proudly Indie-pop [more]

02/10/2011: Te Ahi Kaa 2 o Whiringa a rangi (October) 2011
Maraea Rakuraku is with Dr Ngapare Hopa, the first Maori woman to graduate with a PHD from Oxford University and a Ta Kingi Ihaka award recipient at this years Nga taonga toi a Te Waka Toi. Justine Murray is with Meihana Durie at Te Wananga o Raukawa where a new Maori wellbeing facility is being built. Justine Murray puts forward the question to three Te Arawa youth, What contribution do you want to make for the future of your iwi? [more]

09/10/2011: Te Ahi Kaa 9 o Whiringa a Nuku (October) 2011
How important is the health of your feet? For a small group of Maori in Pakipaki their six weekly visits to Taraia Marae to see the podiatrist, its very important. Maraea talks to the whanau there and podiatrist Neville Crockett. Justine Murray is with Photographer and Digital artist Norm Heke at this exhibition OMG: Maori Gods in the 21st century. [more]

16/10/2011: Te Ahi Kaa for 16 o Whiringa a rangi (October) 2011
With the November election fast approaching Maori need to shake up their ideas and get to polling booths whether they are living here or in Australia. Especially given the Referendum on the New Zealand Voting System. That's according to Dr Maria Bargh who presents her findings from a survey of Mozzies (Maori Australians). Combine a witty sense of humour that is very much grounded in being Maori, superb musicianship and you have Tyna Keelan. He kicks back in the studio and shoots the breeze with Maraea Rakuraku. Justine Murray takes in the art at Maori Market 2011. [more]

23/10/2011: Te Ahi Kaa 23 o Whiringa a nuku (October) 2011
Designer David Hakaraia created each of the Man of the Match taonga that select players receive following their performance in their Rugby World Cup games. Maraea Rakuraku has a chat to the 34 year old Navy Sailor turned designer. Justine Murray learns more about the history of the Otaki Maori Racing Club with Jim Winiata and his daughter Teresa Fulford, and in an archival recording from 1984 Keri Kaa interviews Robyn Kahukiwa. [more]

30/10/2011: Te Ahi Kaa mo 30 o Whiringa a nuku (October) 2011
Not quite committed to getting Ta moko? How about wearing clothing with Ta moko inspired designs? Justine Murray meets Pahnia Skinner and Leilani Rickard of Iwi Creations who with Lyonel Grant design stockings with a difference . Maraea Rakuraku drops in on Iron Maori co-founder Heather Te Au Skipworth at her home in Pakipaki and on the eve of receiving a Creative New Zealand award for his work within his Iwi, Te Whakatohea - Te Riaki Amoamo looks back at his life. [more]

06/11/2011: Te Ahi Kaa mo 6 Whiringa a Rangi (November) 2011
When your supermarket is the ocean and the ocean becomes poisoned, what do you do? Well, you mobilise of course - which is what happened when a grounded ship started to leak oil into the sea off the coast of Tauranga at the beginning of October. Justine Murray joined the effort 9 days later and reports on Operation Rena gaining an Iwi, Hapu and whanau perspective at what is being described as New Zealand's worst ecological disaster to date. [more]

13/11/2011: Te Ahi Kaa mo 13 o Whiringa a Rangi (November) 2011
Author Ani Mikaere talks about tikanga maori and the role of wahine Maori as outlined in her book He Rukuruku Whakaaro: Colonising Myths - Maori Realities. From his studio in Rotorua Lewis Gardiner talks about the Hei Matau (fish hook) mint coin he designed and Justine is with Te Rongo Kirkwood at Maori market 2011. [more]

20/11/2011: Te Ahi Kaa mo 20 o Whiringa a Rangi (November) 2011
How many of us immortalise our parents courtship and life together in a book? Exactly. Yet, that's what the Nathan whanau did when they approached longtime friend and writer Patricia Grace to tell the story of their parents. The result is Ned and Katina, A true love story (2009). One of their sons Manos Nathan talks with Maraea Rakuraku about the process they used. Justine Murray chats with soon to be Bachelor in Pharmacy graduate and 2011 John Mcleod Health scholar Caroline Blutcher and, tours Te Hotu Manawa o Rangitane o Manawatu Marae, Palmerston North with Huataki Whareaitu. [more]

27/11/2011: Te Ahi Kaa mo 27 o Whiringa a rangi (November) 2011
Maraea Rakuraku is in Waiohau, eastern bay of plenty at a Healers wananga where they believe the overall wellbeing of people is connected to nature and to ones surroundings, she finds out more with Mere Butler. Justine Murray talks to 22 year old John McLeod health scholarship recipient Ibrahim Soloman, and Tokoroa New World supermarket owner Damon Jakeman is proud of winning a tohu at this years Maori language awards. [more]

04/12/2011: Te Ahi Kaa for 4 o Hakihea (December) 2011
Cross-communication can occur at all levels where ta moko is involved whether it's price negotiation at an event created to 'market" Maori art or drinking establishments who see no difference with gang insignia. Justine Murray is with ta moko artist Mark Kopua who provides insight on both. Ngati Mutunga history is a painful one yet one that is about survival and resilience as Maraea Rakuraku finds when she attends the opening of their exhibition at Puke Ariki; Mutunga Our legacy, Our challenge, Our future. [more]

11/12/2011: Te Ahi Kaa for 11 December 2011
In Te Ahi Kaa this week, Maraea learns more about healing papatuanuku at the International Healers conference in Waiohau, Maori news in the mainstream is discussed further with Dr Judy McGregor at a panel discussion and Moana Jackson analyses how Maori will be affected under the current government. [more]

18/12/2011: Te Ahi Kaa mo 18 o Hakihea (December) 2011
In the final broadcast before the Summer break, Maraea Rakuraku and Justine Murray present a few favourite stories they've covered over 2011 that include: Harvesting potatoes from a Palmerston North garden, Hirini Moko Mead and the relevance the rebuilding and restoration of tupuna whare Mataatua holds for his Iwi - Ngati Awa, Dayle Takitimu presents the strategies her Iwi Te whanau a Apanui are undertaking to prevent the oil drilling and fracking taking place off their iwi coastline, Ani Mikaere puts into context the distortion of tikanga Maori and its impact upon Maori, Ngapare Hopa recalls those who contributed to her education that resulted in being the first Maori doctorate from Oxford University while eight year old Hinetaapora Short dreams about what she wants to be when she grows up that, pretty much includes everything. As well as the history behind Tyna Keelan's East Coast Girls and a live studio performance from Cornerstone Roots. [more]

29/01/2012: Te Ahi Kaa mo 29 o Kohitatea (January)
In the first show of the year, Justine Murray is at Ratana Pa and talks to an array of people who explain what the Ratana celebrations mean to them, and how they continue to keep their faith strong. Member of the Motiti Island Iwi liaison team Ngawiki Dickson explains how the island residents are coping in the wake of the Collapse of the Rena Oil Ship. [more]

05/02/2012: Te Ahi Kaa for 5 o Hui tanguru (February) 2012
In the lead up to Waitangi Day commemorations, Moana Jackson details the history of the Wai 262 claim and the tireless efforts of the six original claimants as well as the government's response to the claim in the report Ko Aotearoa tenei. Deputy Mayor of Rotorua and former leader of Ngati Rangiwewehi Kapahaka group Trevor Maxwell talks about The Yandall sisters in the wake of Mary Yandalls death at 62 on January 31 2012. Sir Eddie Taihakurei Durie is at Waitangi grounds in 1989 in Nga Taonga korero, our archival segment. [more]

12/02/2012: Te Ahi Kaa mo 12 o Hui tanguru (February) 2012
Throughout the 18th century, moko mokai/ toi moko/ mummified human heads was an accepted currency between Maori and traders with many ending up in European museums. Now toi moko are making their way home through a repatriation scheme involving Te Papa Tongarewa. Justine Murray meets Te Herekiekie Herewini, the manager leading the process. Maraea Rakuraku spends time with carver Lewis Gardiner in his studio based at Te Puia, Rotorua and Janice Mangere shows her round Taraia Marae, Pakipaki. Margaret Mutu talks about the Iwi Chairs Forum response to the crowns announcements regarding the State Owned Enterprises Act (1986). [more]

19/02/2012: Te Ahi kaa mo 19 o Hui Tanguru (February) 2012
Victoria law lecturer Carwyn Jones details what the impact of partial state asset sales will mean for Maori, Te Arawa kaumatua Ken Keneti explains the relevance of a conference on Ancient Traditions and Cultures and artist James Molnar plys his trade at Maori Market 2011. [more]

26/02/2012: Te Ahi Kaa mo 26 o Hui Tanguru (February) 2012
Combining printing skills with his open brethren faith led to pakeha Graeme Batley establishing Maori Postal, the Whanganui based organisation behind daily mailouts of bible lessons and scripture in te reo Maori. Tainui Iwi are the tangata whenua hosts at Te Papa Tongarewa for the next four years. Justine Murray tours the exhibition Tai Timu, Tai Pari, Tainui Journey of a People with Te Makau Te Ruki. Playwright John Broughton's play Michael James Manaia returns after a 20 year hiatus for the 2012 International Arts Festival. He has a one on one chat with Maraea Rakuraku. [more]

04/03/2012: Te Ahi Kaa for 4 March 2012
Muturangi Hauora is doing their bit for their community in Moera, by running a weekly foodbank at its offices, Justine Murray is there with the volunteers. Patrica Graces Novel TU is featured as part of this years International Arst Festival Maraea Rakuraku is with the Cast, and in the series Nga Marae o te motu Bruce Aranga explains the history of Te Mangungu Marae, Naenae in Lower Hutt. [more]

11/03/2012: Te Ahi Kaa mo 11 o Poutu te rangi (March) 2012
How many Marae in New Zealand can boast 11 levels and counting? Justine Murray visits Taputeranga Marae, Wellington, with founder Bruce Stewart and tours the complex with his daughter, Pari. Millie Hawiki has lived in Wellington for well over 60 years. She recalls the culture shock experienced when she first arrived in the city during the 1950's fresh from an isolated, only Maori speaking community. Deborah Kapohe and Phillip Rhodes are bringing to stage the life of rangatira Hohepa Te Umuroa in an opera premiering at the 2012 New Zealand International Arts festival. They're with Maraea Rakuraku. [more]

18/03/2012: Te Ahi Kaa mo 18 o Poutu te Rangi (March) 2012
Young Maori actors Roimata Fox and Whatanui Flavell share their challenges of being part of the cast of the Maori Shakespeare Play Toroihi raua Ko Kahira, while Producer Grace Hoet outlines the financial constraints of taking the play overseas. Maori Lawyer Donna Hall talks to Maraea Rakuraku about her work with Sir Graham Lattimer and the New Zealand Maori Councils involvement with hapu (sub-tribes) and ownership of resources. Maraea visits Levin Kokiri and gets a lesson with weavers Ina Jensen and Paki Brown, and Justine takes in Te Ra o Kupe festival at Te Kura Kaupapa Maori. [more]

25/03/2012: Te Ahi Kaa mo 25 o Poutu te Rangi (March) 2012
Music promoter and producer Vicky Gordon feels it's about time the patriarchy got a shakeup in the music industry as she explains to Maraea Rakuraku. Justine Murray profiles Maraeroa Marae and what does a suburb in New Plymouth have to do with Tiger Woods? [more]

01/04/2012: Te Ahi Kaa mo 1 o Paengawhawha (April) 2012
Charlizza Harris is a name to watch out for. The 18 year old doesn't let her age or lack of finances stop her from achieving her dreams or better yet allowing others to achieve theirs. She chats with Maraea Rakuraku about 'The Waka of Love', a play she's written and directed for a cast of 18 Wellington school students. After 20 years in the shearing industry what made Erin Sandilands try her hand at midwifery? Justine Murray finds out and Mamae Takerei explains the close ties between Tonga and Waikato Tainui. [more]

08/04/2012: Te Ahi Kaa mo 8 o Paengawhawha (April) 2012
The Venerable Reverend Dr Hone Te Kauru Kaa (1941-2012) was well known for his advocacy for the wellbeing of children but it's the trips back home and the funny debates with his sister Keri Kaa, that Ani Pahuru-Huriwai will miss. In an archival recording from 1980, Whai Ngata discusses the work of the Auckland Anglican Mission with Dr Kaa. Maori Catholic will gather en masse at Te Hui Aranga this Easter in Opononi. Raana Mareikura describes the history of the event that has run since 1946 to Maraea Rakuraku. Justine Murray profiles Takapuwahia Marae, Wellington. [more]

15/04/2012: Te Ahi Kaa mo 15 o Paengawhawha (April) 2012
The Tuakana mentoring scheme at The University of Auckland was created by Professor Michael Walker some 20 years ago, Maraea Rakuraku talks to him about the programme and its impact on past and present students. Justine Murray is with Wellington representatives from 12 local Marae training how to run a welfare centre in the event of a natural disaster. Maree Sheehan was part of the Maori wave of singers such as Emma Paki and Moana Maniapoto that were releasing music in the 1990's. For the past 15 years she's been out of the spotlight, Justine Murray has a catch up with her to find out what she's been up to. [more]

22/04/2012: Te Ahi Kaa mo 22 o Paengawhawha (April) 2012
In Te Ahi Kaa: Justine Murray gets the lowdown with Makere Nepe Apatu Thorstensen from Waipukurau Central Health about Pepi pods and how they make it safe to co-sleep with baby; Rotorua born Merenia Gilles had a record deal at age 16 and she's been rocking music ever since both locally and internationally, Maraea Rakuraku catches up with her; Ani Pahuru-Huriwai talks about He Konae Ako: E Nati, an online resource that reconnects Ngati Porou with their traditions and; In an archival recording from 1983, Henare te Ua discusses a range of topics with Peter Tapsell (1930 - 2012) including the use of te reo Maori in schools and in broadcasting. [more]

29/04/2012: Te Ahi Kaa mo 29 o Paengawhawha (April) 2012
Te Ahi Kaa presents its ANZAC special 2012. What are the on-going effects of War? Maraea Rakuraku gets a personal account from her whanaunga Grace Turuwhenua and whanau friend Joe Matene about the dioxin spray widely known as Agent orange and it's devastating impact upon their whanau. Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae delivered his Anzac speech at the National War memorial, Justine Murray was there and Kahu Waitoa talks about the legacy left by his grandfather Henare Waitoa. [more]

06/05/2012: Te Ahi Kaa mo 6 o Haratua (May) 2012
In Te Ahi Kaa Matiu Love of the 28th Maori Battalion D Company recalls the time he left Aotearoa for World War 2 when he was just 17 and his cultural experience of Italy. Justine Murray is in Palmerston North with kaumatua from around the country taking part in a Maori Sports and games day. Dalvanius Prime talks to veteran broadcaster Henare te Ua about the success of the waiata Poi E in an archival recording from 1988. [more]

13/05/2012: Te Ahi Kaa mo 13 o Haratua (May) 2012
It can be rugged being a comedian. What if you're Maori, not completely sure about your whakapapa and part of your comedy routine kind of takes the mickey out of that. Justin Hansen aka Gish who is part of the 2012 line-up at the New Zealand Comedy Festival is with Justine Murray talking identity and the inspiration behind parodying popular songs in his routine Gish-takes. It may have had a 25 year gestation period but now that's it's here Chris Szekely is enjoying the ride. He talks with Maraea Rakuraku about Rahui ,the Childrens Picture Book illustrated by Malcolm Ross that's garnering some attention. What binds an exhibition together featuring woollen blankets are both physical, metaphorical and spiritual threads as Maraea Rakuraku discovers when she walks through the aptly named, Common Thread (01 March - 13 May 2012)with Curator Natalie Friend. Music featured is from the Richards Nunns, Whirimako Black collaboration; Te More ; A Work in Ten Parts for Vocals and Taonga Puoro. [more]

20/05/2012: Te Ahi Kaa mo 20 o Haratua (May) 2012
In Te Ahi Kaa, Black Inc Media produces two TV shows, both showing in prime time slots. Atamira showcases Maori Theatre on Maori Television, while on TV 3, The GC follows a handful of Maori who are living large on the Gold Coast, Australia. In its debut week, critics took to social and online media and heavily criticised The GC, Maraea Rakuraku talks to producer Bailey Mackey who answers some of the negative publicity and explains why the formats of both shows are relevant. Justine Murray checks out Who Dat Sheila, the one woman comedy show of Parekotoku Moore. In an archival recording from 1994, Henare Te Ua is with Arnold Manaaki Wilson (1928 - 2012) [more]

27/05/2012: Te Ahi Kaa for 27 May 2012
Stephen King is the driving force behind the Waipoua Forest Trust and his work in its preservation is legendary in the northland, Maraea Rakuraku learns more about the current state of the forest including the threat of Kauri Dieback. Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Tamakinuiarua will celebrate its 20th birthday this weekend, principal Brian Paewai provides an historical account of the school with Justine Murray. At age 19 Emma Paki started singing with Black Katz and in the early 1990's, she joins us in this week's show for a catch up. [more]

03/06/2012: Te Ahi Kaa mo 3 Pipiri (June) 2012
The Transit of Venus is when the planet Venus moves across the face of the sun, and it's what brought James Cook to the Pacific and onto New Zealand in 1769. This year on the 5th and 6th of June many will gather in Uawa, Tolaga Bay on the East Coast to re-live that event. With the next transit taking place in 2117, it's your last opportunity to see the once, maybe twice in a lifetime occurrence because they do occur in pairs, eight years apart and it won't be seen for another 105 years . Maraea Rakuraku is with Wayne Ngata who provides insight into the significance of the transit for Uawa Maori. Justine is in Porangahau, Central Hawkes Bay and visits Rongomaraeroa Marae and the nearby place that takes its name from the tupuna, Tamataeapokaiwhenua. [more]

10/06/2012: Te Ahi Kaa for 10 June 2012
In Te Ahi Kaa this week, Maraea Rakuraku visits the great Kauri tree, Tanemahuta at Waipoua Forest and is accompanied by Te Roroa Kaumatua, Daniel Ambler who outlines the current threats to the forest. Hutt City Council Maori liaison officer Alma Andrews talks about Marae related projects she's co-ordinating, and the Ahuwhenua Maori Farming awards will include a new taonga acknowledging young farmers, Kingi Smiler explains more with Justine Murray. [more]

17/06/2012: Te Ahi Kaa for Sunday 17 June 2012
The Transit of Venus has come and gone but there're a few things post-transit that you can see at the exhibition Te Ara Kopu: Transit of Venus on at Tairawhiti Museum,Victor Walker explains the five components of the exhibition with Our changing World producer Veronika Meduna. Matariki celebrations are taking shape in different forms, Maraea Rakuraku talks to artist Andrea Hopkins about her upcoming art exhibition He Iti He Pounamu staged at Quarry Centre, Whangarei and Justine Murray takes in the action at a Matariki community festival, Wellington. In an archival recording from 1988, Veteran Broadcaster Henare Te Ua presents highlights of the 36th annual conference of the Maori women's welfare league in Nelson. [more]

24/06/2012: Te Ahi Kaa mo 24 o Pipiri (June)
In Te Ahi Kaa, Samoan Singer Bella Kalolo can also add Ngati Porou to her heritage after her late mother uncovered Maori ancestry in her whakapapa, Justine Murray catches up with her at this year's Pao Pao Pao. Huia Publishers is the foremost Maori publishing house in New Zealand, this week they celebrated their 21st Birthday, Founder Robyn Bargh reflects on those early years to the impacts of technology and publishing. Award winning Playwright Hone Kouka explains more about this years Matariki Development festival for emerging and established playwrights. [more]

01/07/2012: Te Ahi Kaa for 1 July 2012
It's fitting that in a fortnight that has seen the death of two 28th Maori Battalion Veterans, 91 year olds, William Bill Pitman (1921-2012) and the last remaining officer of the 28th Maori Battalion, Major Hone John Hikitia Te Rangi Waititi (1921- 2012), Te Ahi Kaa salutes the remaining 27 veterans of the 28th Maori Battalion with an encore recording of a 2010 korero with "the Major" - as he was affectionately known. Maraea Rakuraku travels deep into the Waipoua Forest with brothers Alex and Manos Nathan who describe the very personal connection the area holds for them, and the shifting of a Catholic church from Te Kopuru in 1980 to its current site where it has been re-purposed as the whare of their marae, Matatina. [more]

08/07/2012: Te Ahi kaa for July 8 2012
Just what does it take to perform top level Kapahaka? For the South Taranaki group Aotea Utanganui, it means a lot of weekends at noho marae, fundraising and generally sleeping, walking and talking kapa . Maraea Rakuraku experiences first-hand the preparations in the lead up to the Aotea Kapahaka Regional Competitions on competition day. Dealing with the Wellington elements is one thing, but how about playing sports in the cold, for 12 solid hours? Justine Murray is at Nga hau e wha o Papararangi Marae for a match of ki-o-rahi, the ever increasingly popular sports game that has had a resurgence in recent times. Pao Pao Pao is a must-see event on the Maori music calendar and singer Toni Huata has been part of it since day one. [more]

15/07/2012: Te Ahi Kaa for 15 July 2012
In the series Nga Marae o te motu, Maraea Rakuraku is given a tour of Matatina Marae with Manos Nathan who explains the various artworks inside the Wharetipuna. The traditional Maori method of cooking food in the ground, or a Hangi, forms the basis of an experiment lead by Dr Gillian Turner who measures the magnetization of the Hangi Stones, once cooled. Justine Murray learns more about the project held at Waiwhetu, Te Maori gallery, Lower Hutt and while there she meets Ron Te Kawa, a Fabric artist whose unique designs are building up a loyal customer base. [more]

22/07/2012: Te Ahi Kaa for 22 July 2012
 Guardianship versus ownership. Te Manu Korihi reporter Rosemary Rangitauira is at the Waitangi Tribunal hearings at Waiwhetu Marae, Wellington where she talks to Te Runanga o Te Rarawa Chairman Haami Piripi and Maori language advocate Toni Waho about Maori interests in Water. Justine Murray has a chat with Mana Elizabeth Hunkin, Principal of Te Kura Motuhake o Te Ataarangi school in Nuhaka, Wairoa. The Southern Taranaki hapu, Ngati Tupito of Patea provided the inspiration for a waiata written by Ivy Phillips for the Kapahaka group Aotea Utanganui, Maraea Rakuraku breaks down its composition. [more]

29/07/2012: Te Ahi Kaa mo 29 o Hongongoi (July) 2012
This week marks the 37th annual Maori language week. In an archival recording from 1978, Tuhoe Scholar John Rangihau addresses the importance of parents speaking te reo Maori in the home and how this bolsters the retention of the language within the whanau unit. Hika Lite is a smartphone app launched this week as part of Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori. Developed by Sophie Tauwehe Tamati, Justine Murray tests its user friendliness. In her role as a Lecturer within Te Kawa a Maui - The Maori Studies Department at Victoria University, Dr Ocean Mercier is at that interface between Matauranga Maori and Western Science. She explains what that means. Steve and Delia Morunga have spent their lifetimes looking at Rawene harbour and it's while doing that, they have noticed the marked change in the health of the water and how that affects the health of the people. [more]

05/08/2012: Te Ahi Kaa for 5 August 2012
Te Ahu centre in Kaitaia is the latest addition to the community. It houses the Museum, Library and provides exhibition space, and features seven pou pou that represent the iwi of Te Tai Tokerau that also include, poupou paying homage to Pakeha and the Tarara. Maraea Rakuraku attended the official opening and talked to locals who give context to the day. Despite her grandparents being native te reo Maori speakers, the language wasn't encouraged in the home of the young Sophie Nock. That all changed when she grew up. Justine Murray talks with the te reo Maori exponent. Some call them friendlies, others traitors but whatever way you look at it everyone has an opinion on kupapa. That includes Daisy Noble who takes Maraea Rakuraku on a tour of Ohawe, a southern Taranaki township that was gifted by the crown for Whanganui Maori who had fought alongside them against Taranaki Maori. [more]

12/08/2012: Te Ahi Kaa mo 12 o Hereturikoka (August) 2012
When active volcanoes are in your backyard how do you prepare for that inevitable eruption? Well, for one thing you stay in communication with GNS Scientists who have been warning of the event for a long time and if you're Tuwharetoa hapu, Ngati Hikairo, you prepare nearby marae and have in place evacuation plans. Justine Murray learns more from Bubs Smith. Celia Lashlie is unapologetically Pakeha and middle class which wouldn't perhaps naturally marry in an advocacy role for Maori populating the lower socio-economic class. Yet, it does and it works because her direct manner and acknowledgment of the privilege associated with being pakeha and middle class means she has a deeper understanding than most of the layers of powerlessness that are so pervasive when you are poor and Maori. Dame Iritana Tawhiwhirangi is both a pioneer and expert when it comes to te reo Maori. Te Ahi Kaa salutes the Ngati Porou kuia who retired as a Maori Language Commissioner recently with recordings from that poroporaki and an interview with Justine Murray when she received the Te Tohu mo Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu/Te Waka Toi Exemplary Award at the 2008 Nga Taonga Toi a Te Waka Toi (Creative New Zealand Awards). [more]

19/08/2012: Te Ahi Kaa for 19 August 2012
In Te Ahi Kaa this week, When John and Isie Bristowe met 57 years ago it was serious business. Their relationship is an example of "Tomo", the formal process Maori exercised when it came to asking for someones hand in marriage. Marriage wasn't viewed as a decision between two people but one that involved the whole whanau, hapu and Iwi. Maraea Rakuraku meets with the Whirinaki based couple to gain a sense of "tomo", what it means and what would have happened had Johns offer been rejected. Justine Murray talks to musical duo and husband and wife team, Kirsten Te Rito and James Illingworth. Tuhoe Kaumatua, Heemi Kara talks about how accessible te reo maori is for young people. [more]

21/08/2012: Te Ahi Kaa for 19 August 2012
In Te Ahi Kaa this week, When John and Isie Bristowe met 57 years ago it was serious business. Their relationship is an example of "Tomo", the formal process Maori exercised when it came to asking for someones hand in marriage. Marriage wasn't viewed as a decision between two people but one that involved the whole whanau, hapu and Iwi. Maraea Rakuraku meets with the Whirinaki based couple to gain a sense of "tomo", what it means and what would have happened had Johns offer been rejected. Justine Murray talks to musical duo and husband and wife team, Kirsten Te Rito and James Illingworth. Tuhoe Kaumatua, Heemi Kara talks about how accessible te reo maori is for young people. [more]

26/08/2012: Te Ahi Kaa for 26 August 2012
In Te Ahi Kaa this week, Maraea Rakuraku takes a tiki-tour of Waimamaku with Kaumatua Daniel Ambler who describes buildings and landmarks in the area. Reihana Sciascia has a chat to Maraea about the annual Porangahau Marae Golf Tournament, while Justine Murray visits the 9 hole Golf Course, and Norm Heke has a chat to Justine about learning Taonga Puoro. [more]

02/09/2012: Te Ahi Kaa 2 September 2012
Maraea Rakuraku is at the Poroporoaki for the whanau who began their six month Journey on-board two traditional waka bound for Rapanui, Hawai'i and then back home again. Ngapuhi, Kawiti Waetford credits his Kapahaka background in preparing him what is turning into a burgeoning opera career. This year he was one of six finalists at the Lexus Song Quest. He chats with Justine Murray. Levin based, Kawiu Marae features as part of our continuing series, Nga Marae o te motu. [more]

09/09/2012: Tama Huata
Nga Tāonga toi a Te Waka Toi is the annual Creative New Zealand Awards that recognise Māori who excel in their chosen artistic endeavours Te Tohu Toi Ke recipient this year is Tama Huata for his achievements in Performing Arts. Tama established the Kahurangi Māori Dance Theatre group and is the CEO of Te Wananga Whare Tapere o Takitimu which is where Justine Murray interviewed him. [more]

09/09/2012: Te Ahi Kaa mo 9 Mahuru (September) 2012
In Te Ahi Kaa this week, Justine Murray is in Otaki and has a chat with musician Kimo Winiata about the new album Te Kawa Tuarua from the group Iwi after a 13 year hiatus. Up and coming set designers Jamie Warda and Wai Mihinui are with Maraea Rakuraku and explain their set design work on the play The Prospect. Te Ahi Kaa profiles Tama Huata, the recipient at this year's Nga Taonga Toi a Te Waka Toi (Creative NZ Awards) for his contribution to Maori performing arts. [more]

16/09/2012: Te Ahi Kaa for 16 Spetember 2012
Over a dozen street names in the Turangi Township will be corrected and replaced with Maori names pertinent to the rohe, Maraea Rakuraku finds out more with Tina Porou of the Hapu Ngati Turangitukua, while District Manager of Pubic Parks and spaces, John Rudd explains the process at a council level. Justine Murray is on a tikitour of Porangahau with Te Poriti Tipene and Morehu Smith. In the series Nga Marae o te motu, Heemi Kara recalls the early days of establishing Orongomai Marae, Upper Hutt. [more]

16/09/2012: Te Ahi Kaa for 16 September 2012
Later this year, over a dozen street names in the Turangi Township will be replaced with the correct Maori spellings and whakapapa pertinent to the rohe. Maraea Rakuraku finds out more with Tina Porou of the hapu Ngati Turangitukua, while District Manager of Pubic Parks and Spaces, John Rudd explains the process at a District Council level. Justine Murray tiki-tours Porangahau with Te Poriti Tipene and Morehu Smith. In the series Nga Marae o te motu, Heemi Kara recalls the early days of establishing Orongomai Marae, Upper Hutt. [more]

23/09/2012: Te Ahi Kaa mo 23 o Mahuru (September) 2012
Spearheaded by Tama Huata five years ago, the Waiata Maori music awards celebrate traditional and contemporary Maori music while recognising the achievements of waiata Maori. Justine Murray presents coverage of the kaupapa. Maraea Rakuraku is at the Wai Summit hosted by the kingitanga at Turangawaewae Marae, Ngaruawahia and Esther-Jordan Muriwai is determined to do it all despite suffering from a lung condition. Justine Murray is at Miss Aotearoa 2012 when Muriwai is named, Runner up. [more]

30/09/2012: Te Ahi Kaa for 30 September 2012
Over two thousand Maori in New Zealand identify as Maori-Indian, fitting then the first Maori Indian gathering at Tangatarua Marae, Rotorua (October 05-07, 2012) organised by the Hindu Council is about making connections to the Indian culture. Maraea Rakuraku talks with Raewyn Bhana about her dual heritage. It was a combination of anxiety and excitement for a handful of Maori girls taking part in the Miss Aotearoa 2012 beauty pageant. Justine Murray is there taking it all in and in an archival recording from 1973, the president of the Maori Womens Welfare League, Miraka Szaszy (1921-2001) is interviewed by Selwyn Muru. [more]

07/10/2012: Te Ahi Kaa for 7 October 2012
The Wai 11 Te Reo Maori claim was spearheaded by Dr Huirangi Waikerepuru, Chair of the Wellington based Maori language board, Nga Kaiwhakapumau i te Reo. In an archival recording from 1984, three years before the enactment of the Maori language Act 1987, Dr Huirangi Waikerepuru discusses the reasons why te reo maori should be made an official language in the country. Justine Murray has a chat with Maori musician Leon Wharekura, and Maraea Rakuraku has a chat to actor, writer and director Tammy Davis about his current projects including the short film, Ebony Society. [more]

14/10/2012: Te Ahi Kaa mo 14 o Whiringa a Nuku (October) 2012
In Te Ahi Kaa Maraea Rakuraku visits the home of Annette Marr who shares her personal account of her diagnosis with Breast Cancer in 2009 and the difficulties of living with the illness. Justine Murray is in Waipukurau where she visits a Mobile Breast Screening Unit, and talks to Makere Nepe-Apatu Thorstensen about the whanau effort in encouraging mammograms amongst wahine maori who live rurally. Writer, Actor and Musician Jamie McCaskill talks about this play Manawa set to be stage in Auckland on October 23. [more]

21/10/2012: Te Ahi Kaa for 21 October 2012
In Te Ahi Kaa, Ngati Ruanui and Nga Ruahine share the boundary where Ohawe beach - Te Rangatapu is and its where chairperson Daisy Noble was brought up. Maraea Rakuraku joins Daisy at Ohawe for a lesson in historical landmarks. Jay Marson and Karina Ratana have twenty four mokopuna (grandchildren) between them, and are well known in their community, Porirua. Both women work for Waitangirua Action Group (W.A.G) and co-ordinate initiatives to decrease tagging and vandalism in their town, Justine Murray spends a morning with Jay and Karina. Justine has a chat with Maisey Rika about her third album, Whitiora. [more]

28/10/2012: Te Ahi Kaa mo 28 o Whiringa a Nuku 2012
What you see is what you get with Cameron Petley which perhaps explains why he was such a popular contestant on Master Chef New Zealand 2011. Maraea Rakuraku samples some of that charisma and kai when she visits Petley at The Masters Table, Putaruru Hotel. Music and Maori goes hand in hand, Justine Murray checks out the Whanau Show which caters to Kuia and Kaumatua in Lower Hutt, Wellington. In the archival recording, Nga Taonga Korero from 1948, Rangitiara Dennan (1896 - 1971) better known as Guide Rangi is interviewed about the famous people she's meet during her guided tours at Whakarewarewa village, Rotorua. [more]

04/11/2012: Te Ahi Kaa mo 4 o Whiringa a rangi (November) 2012
Moving between both Maori and Pakeha worlds has armed composer Jenny McLeod with a knowledge and respect of rhythm and sound that she has sought to incorporate into her work. In the process it's made her proud of her Pakeha heritage while marvelling at Te Ao Maori. Maraea Rakuraku spends time with McLeod at her home where she discovers a lifetime association with one of the eldest gathering of Maori in the country - Te Hui Aranga. Justine Murray takes a tour of the art exhibition 'The Object of the Portrait' at Rotorua Museum. Reggae band 1814 are gearing up for the busy summer schedule on the back of promoting their third album Relax, Justine has a chat with Patu Colbert. [more]

11/11/2012: Te Ahi Kaa for 11 November 2012
From the time he worked after school at the local supermarket in Waiuku to New World in Tokoroa Damon Jakeman always knew it was the life for him. Maraea Rakuraku meets the owner/operator whose positive attitude towards te reo Maori and the people of Tokoroa has cemented his place within the community. The Napier Operatic Society's Tabard Theatre was built in the 1950's, Maori Theatre actor William Waitoa takes Justine Murray on a tour. In the archival segment Nga Taonga Korero, Henare Te Ua (1934 - 2007) presents highlights of the 1994 Maori Sports awards in Auckland. [more]

18/11/2012: Te Ahi Kaa mo 18 o Whiringa a rangi (November) 2012
In Te Ahi Kaa this week, Oturu School in Kaitaia exercises self sustainability through a number of ways including harvesting their own honey, making jam from their own fruit trees, and using maori plants to make rongoa maori. The school headmaster Fraser Smith takes Maraea Rakuraku on a tour. Dr Ngarino Ellis graduated in October this year with her doctorate based on the Iwirakau Carving School on the east coast from 1830 - 1930, she explains her research with Justine Murray. Maori folk singer and Kai Tahu, Ariana Tikao talks about her new album From Dust to Light. [more]

18/11/2012: Te Ahi Kaa mo 18 o Whiringa a rangi (November) 2012
Relationships forged over years, generations even came into play when the Nathan whanau chose Patricia Grace to write the narrative of their parents' life story that began in wartime Crete and ended in New Zealand. Manos Nathan sits with Maraea Rakuraku and details the process that resulted in Ned and Katina. Dr Ngarino Ellis graduated in October this year with her doctorate based on the Iwirakau Carving School on the east coast from 1830 - 1930, she explains her research with Justine Murray. Maori folk singer and Kai Tahu, Ariana Tikao talks about her new album From Dust to Light. [more]

25/11/2012: Te Ahi Kaa mo 25 o Whiringa a Rangi (November) 2012
Justine Murray revisits the Otaki Maori Racing Club on Melbourne Cup Day where she chats with siblings Terese Fulford and Reg Winiata about their father Jim Winiata (1926 - 2012) whose 50 year old stewardship of the club ended when he died this year. One day Marama Davidson had a gutsful with what she saw was the ongoing victimisation of Maori so she did something about it. She wrote an open letter to the Prime Minister. Maraea Rakuraku questions Marama about the effectiveness of the action and the outcome. [more]

02/12/2012: Te Ahi Kaa mo 2 o Hakihea (December) 2012
Justine Murray visits Te Pu Harakeke at Nga Hau e Wha o Papararangi Marae, Newlands, Wellington - a purpose built flax garden built earlier this year to support marae projects in the years to come. Maraea Rakuraku tours Maraenui, Napier with social justice housing advocate Chantelle Brown and a recording of Pine Taiapa (1901-1972) in 1968 illustrates just how metaphorical a building is, when it comes to illustrating Maori cultural values. [more]

09/12/2012: Te Ahi Kaa for 9 December 2012
Becoming an All Black or a singer were the two career choices for John Rowles, who grew up in the Eastern Bay of Plenty. While his dad, a former Maori All black advocated rugby Rowles had other ideas. Ones that involved singing and swinging those hips. All of which is detailed in his biography If I only had time written by Angus Gillies. Justine Murray is entertained by the "Kawerau kid". Maraea Rakuraku is with legendary Whanganui composer Morvin Simon who explains the history of Kaiwhaiki Marae, Whanganui following the centenary of it's wharepuni Te Kiritahi. [more]

16/12/2012: Te Ahi Kaa for 16 December 2012
Implementing practical lessons while educating kids is what Oturu School, Kaitaia is all about as experienced by Maraea Rakuraku when she visited earlier this year. Peggy Luke Ngaheke has a long association with Waiwhetu Marae in Lower Hutt and the Kohanga Reo movement and as a result has an opinion on the Waitangi Tribunal report Matua Rautia Wai2336 published by the Waitangi Tribunal. In an archival recording from 1994, Dr Huirangi Waikerepuru talks about the role of Matauranga Maori as part of a lectures series at Canterbury University. [more]

23/12/2012: Te Ahi Kaa mo 23 o Hakihea (December) 2012
In the final Te Ahi Kaa for 2012, Maraea Rakuraku and Justine Murray present a few of their favourite stories that includes a visit to the giant Kauri tree, Tanemahuta at Waipoua Forest with kaumatua Daniel Ambler, sitting with John and Isie Bristowe whose longterm marriage is the subject of much envy and listening to producer Bailey Mackey defend the TV series, The GC that received an unprecedented number of complaints before it had even aired. Justine Murray is at the annual Te ra o Te Kupenga gala day at Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o nga Mokopuna, Wellington and attends a mock Civil Defence emergency at Wainuiomata marae when it is transformed into an evacuation centre. Kahu Waitoa explains the whakapapa behind the waiata, Tomo Mai composed by his grandfather Henare Waitoa (1910-1968). [more]

27/01/2013: Te Ahi Kaa mo 27 o Kohitatea (January) 2013
The Chumpchange exercise programme is mana motuhake in action according to its founder, Ngati Porou wahine Mere Takoko who over the past year has reduced her body fat by 24 per cent, performed and won a body building competition and raised $12,000 for breast cancer Maraea Rakuraku has a chat with Mere at where else? but a gym. Justine Murray visits the home of Beatrice Yates, known as Aunty Bea in Rotorua to chat about her teaching career that has spanned fifty years and why, despite retiring in 2010 her life is busier than ever. [more]

03/02/2013: Te Ahi Kaa for 3 February 2013
Maraea Rakuraku visits Whanganui Regional Museum and talks with Awhina Twomey no Ngati Kahungunu, Ngati Raukawa ki te tonga who provides an insight into her role as Kaitiaki Taonga Maori, and the responsibility that entails that includes explaining etiquette to patrons when around Taonga Maori. Justine Murray samples some of the home baking at Kaumafia Kafe a newly set up business run by Whakapai Hauora Charitable Trust in Palmerston North. [more]

10/02/2013: Te Ahi Kaa mo 10 o Hui Tanguru (February) 2013
What does Waitangi Day mean to you? That's the question put to punters at the annual Te Ra o Te Raukura hosted by Te Ati Awa Ki Poneke at Waiwhetu (Lower Hutt, Wellington). How would changes to the New Zealand Constitution affect Maori? Maraea Rakuraku talks with Ngati Kahungunu, Carwyn Jones about the Independent Working group Aotearoa Matike Mai, that travelled throughout the nation gauging Maori views on constitutional change. Master Navigator Jack Thatcher is at the helm of the Waka Tapu epic voyage from Auckland to Rapanui on-board two traditional waka Ngahiraka Mai Tawhiti II and Te Aurere. Justine Murray catches up with him from Moorea during a pit stop. [more]

10/02/2013: Te Ahi Kaa for 10 February 2013
What does Waitangi Day mean to you? That's the question put to punters at the annual Te Ra o Te Raukura hosted by Te Ati Awa Ki Poneke at Waiwhetu (Lower Hutt, Wellington). How would changes to the New Zealand Constitution affect Maori? Maraea Rakuraku talks with Ngati Kahungunu, Carwyn Jones about the Independent Working group Aotearoa Matike Mai, that travelled throughout the nation gauging Maori views on constitutional change. Master Navigator Jack Thatcher is at the helm of the Waka Tapu epic voyage from Auckland to Rapanui on-board two traditional waka Ngahiraka Mai Tawhiti II and Te Aurere. Justine Murray catches up with him from Moorea during a pit stop. [more]

10/02/2013: Te Ahi Kaa mo 10 o Hui Tanguru
What does Waitangi Day mean to you? That's the question put to punters at the annual Te Ra o Te Raukura hosted by Te Ati Awa Ki Poneke at Waiwhetu (Lower Hutt, Wellington). How would changes to the New Zealand Constitution affect Maori? Maraea Rakuraku talks with Ngati Kahungunu, Carwyn Jones about the Independent Working group Aotearoa Matike Mai, that travelled throughout the nation gauging Maori views on constitutional change. Master Navigator Jack Thatcher is at the helm of the Waka Tapu epic voyage from Auckland to Rapanui on-board two traditional waka Ngahiraka Mai Tawhiti II and Te Aurere. Justine Murray catches up with him from Moorea during a pit stop. [more]

17/02/2013: Te Ahi Kaa mo 17 o Huitanguru (February) 2013
Taking on Eve Ensler's Vagina Monologues has been a little stressful but hugely rewarding for actor/director Maria Walker, Maraea Rakuraku has a chat with Maria about the challenges of bringing a Maori twist to the play performed as part of the One Billion rising campaign. SkinChoir is a twelve member group based in Melbourne, comprised of Aboriginal Australian and Torres Straight Islanders who performed in Wellington as part of a cultural exchange, Justine Murray checks out their final performance. Foresight Customised Clothing is the brainchild of Miriama Grace Smith and Jack Cromie. Maraea Rakuraku spends time with the pair. [more]

24/02/2013: Te Ahi Kaa mo 24 o Huitanguru (February) 2013
In Te Ahi Kaa this week, Henare Te Ua (1934 - 2007) interviews Ngapo Bub Wehi about his foray into kapa haka that was helped along as a young fella courting his wife, Pimia Nen Wehi ( 1929 - 2011). Ramari Sherman writes waiata Maori and teaches at Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Ruamata, Elisha Fa'I Hulton is a Samoan Opera singer who was the understudy of Deborah Wai Kapohe in the 2012 production Hohepa, and Maria Kapa is a trained Classical singer and together they're Pure Voice. Justine Murray visits with them in Rotorua. Maraea Rakuraku and Justine Murray discuss the Broadcasting limitations of Te Matatini for mainstream media in light of the exclusive rights granted to Maori Television with Willie Jackson and Potaua Biasiny Tule. [more]

03/03/2013: Te Ahi Kaa mo 3 Poututerangi (March) 2013
Te Ahi Kaa mo 03 Poututerangi (March) 2013. [more]

10/03/2013: Te Ahi Kaa for 10 March 2013
In Te Ahi Kaa, Winiata Hotere and Charlotte Courtenay, the brother and sister of Ralph Hotere chat with Northland regional reporter Lois Williams about their brothers rise to fame in the art world and how despite living away from Mitimiti for thirty years, he always gave back to his community and whanau. Artist Neke Moa travelled to Munich, Germany last week as part of her involvement in the mentoring programme, Handshake Jewellery, she has a chat about art, inspiration and why the kumara is symbolic in her work. The main reason why Brenda Hokianga loves her job as a Wairarapa Maori Warden is to look after the Rangatahi (young people), Justine has a chat with Brenda at this year's Golden Shears, Masterton. [more]

17/03/2013: Te Ahi Kaa mo 17 o Poututerangi (March) 2013
New Zealand's economy is based on primary industry and Maori have always been at its forefront. Whether it's been as loggers in the forestry or shearers in the shearing shed. In homage to the many Maori shearers and shearing whanau Justine Murray attends the Golden Shears Competition held in Masterton experiencing Shearing 101. Mavis Mullins heads a shearing dynasty - Paewai Mullins Shearing Ltd alongside her husband Koro. She describes how Shearing has led to other opportunities within the business world. At 85 years old Tinirau Owen Akuira still has a keen appreciation for shearing in the Wairarapa, hardly surprising given he started as a learner shearer in 1946. Since then he's noticed a change in the physique, demeanour and demographic within the industry. Akuira chats about those aspects all the while taking in the Golden Shears action from the sidelines. According to Josie Reiri-Rongonui wool handling is an as intensive and necessary part of the shearing process and nowadays is a highly transferable skill on international boards. So, clearing the wool of some 3000 sheep during the three day competition is just another day in the office. Judging the quality of the shear is wool handling Judge Peter Lange and wool pressers, Brian Drysdale and Bruce Pankhurst demonstrate their craft. From the archives of Nga taonga Korero, host of Te Puna Wai Korero series Selwyn Murupaenga interviews George Potae a South Island based Shearing Contractor who won the Golden Shears in 1969. A classic shearing waiata What a Dopey Gang composed by Tuini Ngawai features. This week's whakatauki is explained by Tiare Teinakore no Ngati Haua, Aitutaki. [more]

24/03/2013: Te Ahi Kaa for 24 March 2013
With a population of over 1.5 million people, Auckland is home to many urban Maori. As the city continues to grow and expansion is inevitable for the foreseeable future, Maraea Rakuraku talks with Grant Walker about its chequered past and the land injustices felt by Ngati Whatua ki Orakei. Performing comes naturally for 27 year old Tiare Teinakore, hardly surprising considering her sisters Te Waipounamu and Te Manawaroa were popularly known as singing duo T-Sistaz, Tiare held her own on stage literally at this year's Te Matatini festival, and was awarded Te Manukura Wahine (Best Female leader) with her Waikato based Kapahaka group, Te Iti Kahurangi. [more]

31/03/2013: Te Ahi Kaa for 31 March 2013
South Taranaki Kaumatua Henare Ngaia reflects upon the history of Te Hui Aranga, the annual Maori Catholic gathering held since 1946. This year Hawera will host up to two thousand Maori. Henare Ngaia chats with Justine Murray about the expectations of the event given the recent appointment of the new pope, Pope Francis. The Ministry of Justice seems to be following the likes of m,obile phone providers in implementing software to add macrons to te reo Maori. David Hudson and Liz Fletcher demonstrates how it works with Maraea Rakuraku. In an archival recording from 1972 Takapuwahia Marae, Wellington hosted the Maori Catholic gathering Te Hui Aranga. Coverage of the official Powhiri features. [more]

07/04/2013: Te Ahi Kaa mo 7 o Paengawhawha (April) 2013
Music has been a huge part of Rim De Pauls life since he performed at the old school dances as a teen growing up in Rotorua. Eventually in his twenties he became lead vocalist for two maori show bands, the Hi Quins and The Maori Quintikis. In the early 1990s, Rim founded the National Maori Choir but in 2002 due to inactivity the group disbanded. In 2012, Toi Maori Aotearoa contacted Rim to reform the group, and perform at this year's WOMAD as part of a collaboration with The Yoots. Justine Murray has a chat with Rim, Daniel Yeabsley and Ian Gordon. You can hear the enthusiasm when Awhina Twomey talks about her work as Kaitiaki Taonga Maori at Whanganui Regional Museum, there are a few changes she plans to implement, firstly te reo maori names on display cases followed by english translations and secondly, exhibit more taonga maori currently in storage. Maraea Rakuraku is shown around the exhibition space where Awhina talks about the historical context of hinaki (traps) and other taonga on display. [more]

14/04/2013: Te Ahi Kaa for 14 April 2013
In Te Ahi Kaa, Justine Murray spends a morning with Chef-turned-entrepreneur Charles Royal. He's had a colourful culinary career including working as a chef for the New Zealand Army at 15 to creating his own business Kinaki Wild Herbs. Charles shows Justine some of the sites that he includes as part of his food tours. Our Changing World producer Veronika Meduna talks to Environmental and Resource practitioner Pataka Moore about the restoration of Mangapouri Stream and how the deterioration of the resource has affected Tuna (eels). Soda Springs Mineral pools is one of those hidden gems on the outskirts of Rotorua, Justine takes a tour with owner Piripi Karauna. [more]

21/04/2013: Michael Bennett - Teina Pora
Maraea Rakuraku talks with Director Michael Bennett about his documentary The Confessions of Prisoner T which details the Teina Pora case. [more]

21/04/2013: Charles Royal foraging
Justine Murray accompanies Chef Charles Royal into Matawhaura forest, Rotoiti on a Rongoa Maori expedition. [more]

21/04/2013: Waitiahoaho Emery on being Indian Maori
Waitiahoaho Emery explains to Justine Murray the personal significance attending the first National gathering of Maori Indian in 2012 held for her. [more]

28/04/2013: Major Eugene Whakahoehoe
Major Eugene Whakahoehoe no Tainui returned last September from a six month deployment in Kabul, Afghanistan. He talks about balancing whanau life with his duty in the military. [more]

28/04/2013: 28th Maori Battalion Association wind up hui
In our Anzac special Te Ahi Kaa presents highlights from the closing ceremony of the 28th Ma-ori Battalion Association held at Pipitea marae, Wellington last December featuring, Governor General Jerry Mateparae, Leith Comer, Matt Te Pou and veterans Alfred Preece, Aubrey Balzar and Nolan Raihania. [more]

28/04/2013: William Tume (world war one veteran) recorded 1987
William Tume enlisted in Inglewood in 1915 as part of the drafting for the First World War before heading to Auckland for infantry training. In an archival interview with journalist Jane Tolerton he reminisces about that time. [more]

05/05/2013: Parekura Horomia Archival Korero
In Te Ahi Kaa, Ngati Porou and Ikaroa Rawhiti Labour MP Parekura Horomia died this week on April 29th, hundreds paid their respects as he lay at Hauiti marae, Mangatuna, Tolaga Bay. His reputation preceded him for his ability to connect with people from all walks of life. Archival recordings feature in the show from his new appointment as Minister of Maori Affairs in 2000 to an interview he had with Justine Murray at the 2011 Kohanga Reo protest. Te Manu Korihi reporter Rosemary Rangiatauira talks about the sense of manaakitanga felt at the Marae during her stay covering the tangi. Politics, whanau and Rugby is how Wiremu Kaa describes the busy schedule of uncle Parekura, he recalls a few other whanau memories growing up in Tolaga Bay. The month of May is all about the promotion of home grown music as NZ music commission officer Simon Woods explains. [more]

05/05/2013: Whakatauki for 5 May 2013
Ko taku tokotoko, Ko te Kohanga Reo. My walking stick is Kohanga Reo. Explained by Parekura Horomia (recorded in 2011). [more]

05/05/2013: Whakatauki for 12 May 2013
Mō tātou, ā, mō kā uri ā muri ake nei.For us and our children after us. Explained by Karaitiana Taiuru no Kai Tahu/Ngati Kahungunu. [more]

05/05/2013: Parekura Horomia - Archival Korero
Ngati Porou and Ikaroa Rawhiti Labour MP Parekura Horomia died this week on April 29th, hundreds paid their respects as he lay at Hauiti marae, Mangatuna, Tolaga Bay. His reputation preceded him for his ability to connect with people from all walks of life. Archival recordings feature in the show from his new appointment as Minister of Maori Affairs in 2000 to an interview he had with Justine Murray at the 2011 Kohanga Reo protest. [more]

05/05/2013: Rosemary Rangitauira on day two of the tangi of Parekura Horomi
In Te Ahi Kaa, Ngati Porou and Ikaroa Rawhiti Labour MP Parekura Horomia died this week on April 29th, hundreds paid their respects as he lay at Hauiti marae, Mangatuna, Tolaga Bay. His reputation preceded him for his ability to connect with people from all walks of life. Archival recordings feature in the show from his new appointment as Minister of Maori Affairs in 2000 to an interview he had with Justine Murray at the 2011 Kohanga Reo protest. Te Manu Korihi reporter Rosemary Rangiatauira talks about the sense of manaakitanga felt at the Marae during her stay covering the tangi. Politics, whanau and Rugby is how Wiremu Kaa describes the busy schedule of uncle Parekura, he recalls a few other whanau memories growing up in Tolaga Bay. The month of May is all about the promotion of home grown music as NZ music commission officer Simon Woods explains. [more]

05/05/2013: Rosemary Rangitauira on day two of the tangi of Parekura Horomi
Te Manu Korihi reporter Rosemary Rangiatauira talks about the sense of manaakitanga felt at the Marae during her stay covering the tangi. [more]

05/05/2013: Wiremu Kaa on Growing up with Uncle Parekura
In Te Ahi Kaa, Ngati Porou and Ikaroa Rawhiti Labour MP Parekura Horomia died this week on April 29th, hundreds paid their respects as he lay at Hauiti marae, Mangatuna, Tolaga Bay. His reputation preceded him for his ability to connect with people from all walks of life. Archival recordings feature in the show from his new appointment as Minister of Maori Affairs in 2000 to an interview he had with Justine Murray at the 2011 Kohanga Reo protest. Te Manu Korihi reporter Rosemary Rangiatauira talks about the sense of manaakitanga felt at the Marae during her stay covering the tangi. Politics, whanau and Rugby is how Wiremu Kaa describes the busy schedule of uncle Parekura, he recalls a few other whanau memories growing up in Tolaga Bay. The month of May is all about the promotion of home grown music as NZ music commission officer Simon Woods explains. [more]

05/05/2013: Simon Woods on NZ Music Month 2013
In Te Ahi Kaa, Ngati Porou and Ikaroa Rawhiti Labour MP Parekura Horomia died this week on April 29th, hundreds paid their respects as he lay at Hauiti marae, Mangatuna, Tolaga Bay. His reputation preceded him for his ability to connect with people from all walks of life. Archival recordings feature in the show from his new appointment as Minister of Maori Affairs in 2000 to an interview he had with Justine Murray at the 2011 Kohanga Reo protest. Te Manu Korihi reporter Rosemary Rangiatauira talks about the sense of manaakitanga felt at the Marae during her stay covering the tangi. Politics, whanau and Rugby is how Wiremu Kaa describes the busy schedule of uncle Parekura, he recalls a few other whanau memories growing up in Tolaga Bay. The month of May is all about the promotion of home grown music as NZ music commission officer Simon Woods explains. [more]

05/05/2013: Whakatauki for 5 May 2013
Whakatauki for 5 May 2013. [more]

05/05/2013: Dick Garratt - Maori Tennis
President of the Aotearoa Maori Tennis Association Dick Garratt talks about the popularity of Maori Tennis over the last century, and the upcoming trip to take Ruia Morrison-Davy back to Wimbledon in June. [more]

05/05/2013: Wiremu Kaa on Growing up with Uncle Parekura
Politics, whanau and rugby is how Wiremu Kaa describes the busy schedule of Uncle Parekura. He recalls whanau memories growing up in Tolaga Bay. [more]

05/05/2013: Simon Woods on NZ Music Month 2013
The month of May is all about the promotion of home grown music as NZ music commission officer Simon Woods explains. [more]

12/05/2013: Piripi Walker - A 2010 interview with Dale Husband
Nga Kaiwhakapumau I te reo Maori treasurer Piripi Walker provides an historical account of maori interests in spectrum that stems from the Wai 11 claim lodged in the early 1980s. [more]

12/05/2013: Karaitiana Taiuru
IT expert and Chair of the New Zealand Maori Internet Society and Te Huarahi Tika Trustee Karaitiana Taiuru discusses the reasons why the government proposed 30 million ICT fund in lieu of 4G spectrum allocation would not be as beneficial for Maori. [more]

12/05/2013: Mavis Mullins - Hautaki Trust
As chair of Hautaki Trust, Mavis Mullins discusses the success story of 2degrees mobile to which hautaki have a ten percent stake in, and the importance of 4G allocation for Maori. [more]

12/05/2013: Professor Whatarangi Winiata - 1989 interview
From an archival recording of Radio New Zealand National's Morning Report 1989, Professor Whatarangi Winiata describes why spectrum is a considered a taonga. [more]

19/05/2013: Mere Takoko
Mere Takoko believes physical wellness is the first step towards Tino Rangatiratanga as she explains to Maraea Rakuraku. [more]

19/05/2013: Kaumatua Olympics
The late Parekura Horomia (1950 - 2013) was expected at this years, Kaumatua Olympic games hosted by Kokiri Marae in Lower Hutt. [more]

19/05/2013: Te Puea Morgan
As a marae-based Budget Advisor, Te Puea Morgan assists whanau to manage their money which is all part of the services offered at Kokiri Marae, Wellington. [more]

19/05/2013: Whakatauki for 19 May 2013
He aha tetahi o nga mahi o te Kaumatua? Te Awhi. What is one of the roles of Kaumatua? It is to help. Whakatauki explained by Jane Edwards no Ngati Toa Rangatira. [more]

26/05/2013: Whakatuki for 26 May 2013
He aha te mea nui o te ao? Maku e kii atu he tangata, he tangata, he tangata. What is the most important thing? It is people, people, people. Explained by Dick Garratt no Tuhoe. [more]

26/05/2013: Hirini Kaa - host of Maori TV show The Prophets
Hirini Kaa talks to Maraea Rakuraku about some of the religious insights he encountered while filming the series The Prophets, a seven part series currently screening on Maori Television. [more]

26/05/2013: Dick Garratt - Maori Tennis
President of the Aotearoa Maori Tennis Association Dick Garratt talks about the popularity of Maori Tennis over the last century, and the upcoming trip to take Ruia Morrison-Davy back to Wimbledon in June. [more]

26/05/2013: Ruia Morrison-Davy
Ruia Morrison-Davy began playing tennis at eight years old. Thirteen years later she was competing at Wimbledon. This June, at 77 years old, she will travel back to Wimbledon as part of a trip organised by the Aotearoa Maori Tennis Association. [more]

02/06/2013: Whakatauki for 2 June 2013
Ka pono Ka rere au. I believe I can fly. Explained by Caii-Michelle Gordon no Ngati Porou, Rongawhakaata. [more]

02/06/2013: Ian Taylor - Maori Business Leader 2013
Ian Taylor chats with Maraea Rakuraku about his career that eventually lead to the establishment of his ground breaking graphics and animation company. [more]

02/06/2013: Caii-Michelle Gordon
Ngati Porou and Rongowhakaata singer Caii-Michelle Gordon (formerly Kaye Gordon) talks about her career. [more]

09/06/2013: Te Ahi Kaa for 9 June 2013
In the early hours of 3 June 2013 Maraea Rakuraku joined a contingent of buses, vans and cars travelling en masse to Wellington to mark the signing of the Deed of Settlement between the Crown and Tuhoe. Maraea provides a fly-on-the-wall account of the event, from the controversy about tickets needed to enter some of the day's events, to interviews with the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Chris Finlayson, Crown negotiator John Wood, and Tuhoe negotiator Taamati Kruger. Programme features: Jazayah Kaafi, Tayla Kaafi, Piroi Bassett- Kora, Nevada Teinakore, Timi Tuwairua, Lea Te Pou, Tania Ratu, Torere Te Pou, Te Rawhakatau Tekaumarauwhenua, Patrick Teepa, Ryan Te Wara, Helen Te Wara, Izzy Clayter, Rangitunoa Black, Apihai Taane Rakuraku, Martin Rakuraku, Taamati Kruger, John Wood, Chris Finlayson, Paki Nikora,   Waiata featured: E kui kumara performed by Whirimako Black from Hinepukohurangi: Shrouded in the Mist (2001); Waiata performed by Waimana School and Ruatoki and recorded 040613, Wellington. [more]

09/06/2013: Te Ahi Kaa for 9 June 2013
In the early hours of 3 June 2013 Maraea Rakuraku joined a contingent of buses, vans and cars travelling en masse to Wellington to mark the signing of the Deed of Settlement between the Crown and Tuhoe. Maraea provides a fly-on-the-wall account of the event, from the controversy about tickets needed to enter some of the day's events, to interviews with the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Chris Finlayson, Crown negotiator John Wood, and Tuhoe negotiator Taamati Kruger. [more]

09/06/2013: Te Ahi Kaa for 9 June 2013
In the early hours of 3 June 2013 Maraea Rakuraku joined a contingent of buses, vans and cars travelling en masse to Wellington to mark the signing of the Deed of Settlement between the Crown and Tuhoe. Maraea provides a fly-on-the-wall account of the event, from the controversy about tickets needed to enter some of the day's events, to interviews with the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Chris Finlayson, Crown negotiator John Wood, and Tuhoe negotiator Taamati Kruger. [more]

16/06/2013: Whakatauki for 16 June 2013
Ka hinga atu he tetekura. Ka hara mai he tetekura. As one fern frond dies, one is born to take its place. [more]

16/06/2013: Ikaroa Rawhiti candidates - Introductions
Na Raihania (Maori Party); Te Hamua Nikora (Mana Party); Meka Whaitiri (Labour Party), and; Marama Davidson (Green Party) - explain their iwi and hapu affiliations. [more]

16/06/2013: Hei Waha - Part one of Ikaroa Rawhiti debate
Co-ordinator of the debate David Jones questions the candidates about key issues affecting Maori. [more]

16/06/2013: Hei Waha - Part two of Ikaroa Rawhiti debate
Audience members put a few questions to the candidates. [more]

16/06/2013: Hei Waha - Part three of Ikaroa Rawhiti debate panel discussion
Adrian Wagner, Thomas Curtis and Dr Maria Bargh discuss the candidates' performances during the Hei Waha debate. [more]

23/06/2013: Whakatāuki for 23 June 2013
Takina mai ra ko nga hui o Matariki Puanga tautoru Ka ngaro atutahi ma e karewa te tini o te wheturiki. Matariki is the cluster of stars, Puanga is Orion, Tautoru is Orions belt, Atutahi is Conopus, Karewa is the brightest star in the sky. Explained by Jack Thatcher nō Ngāti Porou, Ngati Ranginui, Ngai te Rangi. [more]

23/06/2013: National List MP Claudette Hauiti
Former TV producer turned National Party politician Claudette Hauiti delivered her maiden speech in Parliament on June 12, 2013. [more]

23/06/2013: Rob Thorne
Tāonga Puoro musician Rob Thorne. [more]

23/06/2013: Whirimako Black
Tūhoe Singer Songwriter Whirimako Black and her debut role in the film Tuakiri Huna/White Lies directed by Dana Rotberg. [more]

30/06/2013: Whakatāuki: Matariki ahunga nui
Matariki ahunga nui. Matariki has many admirers. Explained by Jamie McCaskill nō Ngāti Tamatera. [more]

30/06/2013: Jack Thatcher
There's nothing quite like walking in the footsteps of your ancestors or in the case of Jack Thatcher, sailing - to marvel at their fortitude, skill, and ability in navigating the largest ocean in the world, Te Moananui-a-kiwa (The Pacific Ocean). He's with Justine Murray weeks after stepping ashore from a round trip voyage of 10,000 nautical miles from Aotearoa to Rapanui to Tahiti. [more]

30/06/2013: Ranginui Walker
What's becoming glaringly apparent to Constitutional Advisory Panel member Ranginui Walker, is that New Zealand's education system is in need of a solid civics and history revamp. He discusses that and more with Maraea Rakuraku. [more]

07/07/2013: Whakatauki for 7 July 2013
Kia kaha ki te korero Maori . [more]

07/07/2013: Kapoi Mathieson
What does The Film Archive do when it comes to filing and cataloguing Maori film? [more]

07/07/2013: Anton Blank
Mana Ririki is an organisation focussed on Maori-led solutions to Maori child abuse. [more]

07/07/2013: Joe Mcleod
As a native speaker of Te Reo Maori, Joe Mcleod gives examples of mispronounced Kupu Maori (Maori words). [more]

14/07/2013: Whakatauki for 14 July
Ehara taku toa I te toa takitahi engari he toa takitini. My strength is not from me alone, but from many. Explained by Tania Waikato nō Ngati Awa. [more]

14/07/2013: Tania Waikato and Vanessa Skipper of Kawacure
Te Teko based business Kawacure is making Rongoa remedies more accessible. [more]

14/07/2013: Stewart Taipari and Ukes on Fire
Stewart Taipari teaches the Ukulele and is a founding member of Ukes on Fire, based in Thames. [more]

14/07/2013: Nga Taonga korero - Maureen Waaka (1943 - 2013)
From the Whenua programme host Libby Hakaraia interviews Maureen about her stance against more pokie machines in her community of Rotorua. (Recorded in 1998) [more]

28/07/2013: Whakatāuki for 21 July 2013
Te Kore, Te Po, Te ao Marama. The void, the darkness into the world of light. Explained by Wi Taepa nō Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Pikiao. [more]

28/07/2013: Whakatāuki for 28 July 2013
Te Kore, Te Po, Te Ao Marama. The void, the darkness into the world of light. Explained by Wi Taepa nō Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Pikiao. [more]

28/07/2013: Manos Nathan, Colleen Urlich and Wi Taepa of Nga Kaihanga Uku - The Māori Clayworkers collective
Justine Murray has a chat with founding members of the group about the exhibition Uku Rere: Nga Kaihanga Uku and beyond at Pataka Museum in Porirua, which also feature clay works from Paerau Corneal and Baye Riddell. [more]

28/07/2013: Nga Kaihanga Uku - The Maori Clay makers collective
Justine Murray has a chat with founding members of the group about the exhibition Uku Rere: Nga Kaihanga Uku and Beyond at Pataka Museum in Porirua. [more]

28/07/2013: Te Whariki Mana Wahine o Hauraki managing chairperson Denise Messiter
Not only does Te Whariki Mana Wahine o Hauraki (Hauraki Womens Refuge) offer support for whanau, a safehouse and legal advice, but there are plans to extend their op-shop available for whanau getting back in the workforce, Justine Murray visits the Thames based organisation. [more]

28/07/2013: Denise Messiter
Not only does Te Whariki Mana Wahine o Hauraki (Hauraki Women's Refuge) offer support for whanau with a safehouse and legal advice but there are plans to extend their op-shop available for whanau getting back in the workforce. Justine Murray visits the Thames based organisation. [more]

28/07/2013: Nga Tāonga korero - Emily Schuster
He Rerenga Korero host Whai Ngata interviews Emily Schuster about Raranga, weaving and its growing popularity. (Recorded in 1977) [more]

28/07/2013: Nga Taonga Korero - Emily Schuster
He Rerenga Korero host Whai Ngata interviews Emily Schuster (c. 1927 - 1997) about Raranga, weaving and it's growing popularity. (Recorded in 1977) [more]

04/08/2013: Whakatāuki for 4 August 2013
Te hura o Nga Pou o Heretaunga. He Takunetanga motuhake mō te rohe. The unveiling of Nga Pou o Heretaunga. An historic event of our district. [more]

04/08/2013: Nga Pou o Heretaunga coverage
Justine Murray presents coverage of the official unveiling ceremony of 18 pou whakairo at Hastings Civic Square. [more]

04/08/2013: How a marae can be transformed into an evacuation centre.
Representatives from 12 Marae took part in a training session lead by Civil Defence Senior Advisor for the Wellington and Wairarapa region, Angie Rodger to set up systems to handle evacuees in the event of an emergency. (Repeat Broadcast from Te Ahi Kaa 15 April 2012) [more]

11/08/2013: Whakatauki for 11 August 2013
Mokau ki runga, Tamaki ki raro, Mangatoatoa ki waenganui, Pare Hauraki Pare Waikato, Te Kaokaoroa o Paatetere ki Te Nehenehenui. Mokau to the south, Tamaki to the north, Mangatoatoa in the middle, Waikato Hauraki protects The Kaokaoroa o Paatetere range to the Nehenehenui. [more]

11/08/2013: A tour of Thames with Jamie McCaskill
Actor and Playwright Jamie McCaskill no Ngati Tamatera takes Justine Murray on a tikitour of his hometown Thames and recalls some of the purakau (stories), the landscape and history of the area. [more]

18/08/2013: Whakatāuki for 18 August 2013
Ma te mahanga o nga tae, He Rangianiwaniwa. From the many colours there is a rainbow. Explained by Tama Waipara no Ngāti Ruapani, Ngāti Porou. [more]

18/08/2013: Shaqaila Uelese - Pianist
Shaqaila Uelese - Pianist [more]

18/08/2013: Nga Tāonga Korero - Dr Richard Nunns
From a 1998 recording, Whenua programme host Henare Te Ua  (1934 – 2007) interviewed Dr Richard Nunns at his home in Nelson about the revitalisation of Tāonga Puoro. [more]

25/08/2013: Whakatāuki for 25 August 2013
Korōria ki te atua kei runga, maungārongo ki te whenua, whakaaro pai ki nga tangata katoa. Glory to God on high, peace on earth, goodwill to all mankind. Explained by Rangi Kipa nō Te Atiawa. [more]

25/08/2013: Rangi Kipa
Leading contemporary artist Rangi Kipa (nō Te Atiawa) talks about his pieces in the exhibition Reo Karanga o Taranaki – Call of Taranaki and his upcoming artist residency at University of Hawaii. [more]

25/08/2013: Darcy Nicholas
Justine Murray is with artist Darcy Nicholas (nō Taranaki whānui, Tauranga Moana) who  also curated the exhibition Reo karanga o Taranaki – Call of Taranaki at Puke Ariki Museum, Taranaki. [more]

25/08/2013: Remembering Makareti - part one
First broadcast in 2003, Paul Diamond produced the documentary about the life of Maggie Papakura (1873 - 1930) a famous guide at Whakarewarewa village and Scholar. Part one of Remembering Makareti features. [more]

01/09/2013: Whakatāuki for 1 September 2013
Kahore taku toa i te toa takitahi, He toa takitini. We cannot succeed without the support around us. Explained by Te-A Matehaere no Te Whanau a Tawhao, Patuwai. [more]

01/09/2013: Life on Motiti Island
It's a simple and peaceful life at Motiti Island, but that was disrupted when the Rena cargo ship became stranded on the Ota'iti reef in 2011. A few years on, Justine Murray visits Motiti with her host Graham Hoete. [more]

01/09/2013: Remembering Makereti - part two
First broadcast in 2003, Paul Diamond produced the documentary about the life of Maggie Papakura (1873 - 1930) a famous guide at Whakarewarewa village and Scholar. [more]

02/09/2013: Te Ahi Kaa for 1 September 2013
It's a simple and peaceful life at Motiti Island, but that was disrupted when the Rena cargo ship became stranded on the Ota'iti reef in 2011. A few years on, Justine Murray visits Motiti with her host Graham Hoete; First broadcast in 2003, Paul Diamond produced the documentary about the life of Maggie Papakura (1873 - 1930) a famous guide at Whakarewarewa village and Scholar. [more]

08/09/2013: Whakatāuki for 8 September 2013
Waiho ma te tangata e mihi. Let others sing your praises. [more]

08/09/2013: Veranoa Hetet
Weaver Veranoa Hetet talks about how her whanau played a part in her decision to become a weaver during a panel discussion at Call of Taranaki: Reo Karanga o Taranaki exhibition at Puke Ariki Museum. [more]

08/09/2013: Darcy Nicholas
There are many people who have supported Darcy Nicholas in his career as an artist. Some of those close friends he pays tribute to when he accepts the supreme award (Te Tohu Aroha mo Te Arikinui Dame Te Ataairangi Kaahu) at this years Te Waka Toi awards dinner held at Te Papa Tongarewa National Museum on Saturday 31st August. Te Ahi kaa presents coverage of his acceptance speech. [more]

08/09/2013: Tama Waipara
Māori musician Tama Waipara talks about his latest album, Fill up the Silence. [more]

15/09/2013: ABC Radio National - Awaye! with artist Richard Bell
Artist and political activist Richard Bell discusses the perception of Aboriginal art. [more]

15/09/2013: ABC Radio National - Awaye! with Lydia Miller
Lydia Miller is a performer, actress and Executive Director of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board, as part of Awaye! 21st celebrations she presented the paper 'Art connects and creates our culture into the 21st century'. [more]

29/09/2013: Whakatāuki for 29 September 2013
He Iti te hau marangai, E tū te Pāhokahoka. There may be a little storm, but in the end there is a rainbow. This week's whakatāuki is explained by Hinewehi Mohi nō Ngati Kahungungu, Tuhoe. [more]

29/09/2013: Dr Patu Hohepa
On the eve of the Te Waka Toi awards in Wellington, Justine Murray talks to Dr Hohepa about his work in the revitalisation of te reo Māori over the past four decades, recognised as a recipient of Te tohu Aroha mo Ngoi Kumeroa Pewhairangi. [more]

29/09/2013: Renee (Māori writer)
Renee began her writing career in the 1980s and has produced an extensive work of literature. Based in Otaki and now in her 80s, she still writes and has taken to online blogging, publishing a chapter a week from her books. She has a chat with Justine Murray. [more]

29/09/2013: Nga Manu Korero Speech competition
Coverage of this year's Nga Manu korero speech competition held in Hamilton from 24th September 2013. [more]

29/09/2013: Hinewehi Mohi
Hinewehi talks about her latest album Raukatauri: Te puhi o te tangi. [more]

06/10/2013: Rore Hapipi
Writer Rore Hapipi (Rowley Habib no Lebanese Ngati Tuwharetoa) wanted to become a writer despite growing up with no books in the home. He took on a number of manual jobs and eventually took to writing in the mid 1950's. He has a chat with Justine Murray. [more]

06/10/2013: Whakatāuki for 6 October 2013
Tama tu, Tama Ora, Tama noho, Tama Mate. To stand is to live, to lie down is to die. [more]

06/10/2013: Hekenukumai Busby and Jack Thatcher
As recipients at this year's Te Waka Toi awards in Wellington, Hekenukumai and Jack reflect on their relationship that began some twenty years ago, and the busy year they've both had. [more]

06/10/2013: Iron Māori Duathlon, Upper Hutt
Coverage of this year's Iron Maori Duathlon held in Upper Hutt, Wellington. Members of Tri-Poneke about their Iron Maori journey to the importance of comfortable clothing. Co-creators Heather and Wayne Skipworth talk about the kaupapa of the event from the whanau involvement to the clothing gear. [more]

02/02/2014: David Goldsmith
At 75 years old, David has been playing at the Aotearoa Maori Tennis tournament for 59 years. He knows a lot about the history of māori tennis but still maintains a critical analysis of today's world tennis champions, he explains what is needed to reach that elite level of professional tennis. [more]

09/02/2014: Whakatauki mo 9 o Hui Tanguru (February) 2014
Kia mau koe ki nga tapu o nga matua tipuna. Hold fast to the tapu, to the sacredness of your ancestors. [more]

09/02/2014: Dayle Takitimu: Emotion shouldn't be sanitised
Dayle Takitimu has had a gustful of being told there's a time and place for Maori to express anger. If not at a marae, where? If not at Waitangi, where? If not on Waitangi Day, when? [more]

09/02/2014: Maria Bargh: Is hikoi an effective protest tool for Maori
Is the New Zealand public saturated with hikoi? Is it losing its potency as an effective means of protest? [more]

16/02/2014: Tā Moko - its origins and its place in te ao Māori
Shane Te Ruki no Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Porou is the resident Kaumatua of the National Museum, Te Papa Tongarewa, on Waitangi Day he presented a lecture Mokopapa 2014, Think before You Ink, part one of that lecture features. [more]

16/02/2014: Whakatāuki for 16 February 2014
Ko te reo te mauri o te mana maori. The language is the very essence of being Maori. This weeks whakatāuki explained by Glenis Phillip-Barbara no Ngāti Porou [more]

16/02/2014: Glenis Phillip-Barbara
Glenis Phillip-Barbara heads the new māori language research unit He Puna Whakarauora, she talks about its role and function. [more]

16/02/2014: Hula Active
Nikki King and Te Hou Winitana run Hula Active, a one hour cardio session that combines high energy moves derived from Polynesian traditional performing arts. Its gaining in popularity in both Porirua and Lower Hutt. Justine Murray finds out more. [more]

23/02/2014: Metiria Turei mihi ki a Nin Tomas
Metiria Turei pays tribute to Associate Law Professor Dr Nin Tomas who died earlier this week. [more]

23/02/2014: The Photographer John Miller, the Protestor, Gerard Dobson
John Miller has documented M­āori protest since the 1970's. As he sits with Maraea Rakuraku scrolling through images on his computer screen he relives the protest action outside Athletic Park, Wellington on the day of the Second Test of the Springbok Tour. Gerard Dobson was one of those protesting. Maraea then accompanies him to John Millers exhibition Tour Scrums featuring some of the photographs. [more]

23/02/2014: Kaupapa Maori Film Making with Himiona Grace
Just how autobiographical is The Pā Boys for Writer / Director Himiona Grace? Given his time gigging small townships with Dread Beat and Blood and Survival in the 1990's. [more]

02/03/2014: Shane Te Ruki
Think before you Ink is a lecture delivered by Shane Te Ruki, which looks at the tradition and modernisation of taa moko (traditional maori tattoo). Shane explains the three most important aspects of receiving taa moko that includes hygiene, design and payment. [more]

02/03/2014: Whakatāuki mo 2 o Poutū te Rangi 2014
Kia hora te marino, kia whakapapa pounamu te moana, kia tere te kaarohirohi a, ko tou hoa haere, ko te rangimarie. May the calm be widespread, may the ocean glisten like greenstone, may the shimmer of light dance across your pathway and may peace itself be your travelling companion. Explained by Shane Te Ruki no Ngati Porou, Ngati Maniapoto. [more]

02/03/2014: Nancy Brunning - Paniora
Actress Nancy Brunning no Ngati Raukawa, Ngai Tuhoe talks about her role in the play Paniora written by Playwright Briar Grace-Smith. [more]

02/03/2014: Dr Rapata Wiri
Changes in the way people access information means that the teaching of te reo maori needs to adapt, that's according to Dr Rapata Wiri who has created a mobile app, a nine module te reo maori course, Te Pumanawa. [more]

02/03/2014: Flaxmere Family Festival
Justine Murray takes in the action at the annual Flaxmere Family Festival, and talks to 95 year old Wairukuruku Maere and Councillor Henare o Keefe about the positive things happening in the community. [more]

09/03/2014: Hekenukumai Busby: Navigating from Ahipara to Awanui
Maraea Rakuraku takes a roadtrip with Hekenukumai Busby from his marae, in Ahipara to his home in Awanui where they talk bridges of the metaphorical and physical kind. [more]

16/03/2014: Whakatāuki mo 16 o Poutū te Rangi (march) 2014
He Huarahi Tamariki: A pathway for our children. This weeks whakatauki is explained by Kohine Balejko no Tūhoe. [more]

16/03/2014: He Huarahi Tamariki - School for teenage parents
Justine Murray pays a visit to the school to find out how it operates and the positive impact it has had on past and present students. Teacher in charge Helen Webber, te reo māori teacher Kohine Balejko, Justin Toru and Heather Te Huia are involved in the day to day running of the school. Students and young mums Zakiyah and Te Maamae talk about their plans to study degrees and why the services at He Huarahi Tamariki make it easier for to juggle motherhood. [more]

16/03/2014: Libby Hakaraia
Blue Bach productions director and producer Libby Hakaraia talks about the Inaugural Maoriland Film Festival set to held in Otaki from March 26th - March 30th. [more]

16/03/2014: Tainui Stephens
Veteran broadcaster Tainui Stephens talks about the evolution of m?ori stories portrayed in film from since the early 1940s. [more]

16/03/2014: Kirsten Te Rito
Musical couple James Illingworth and Kirsten Te Rito explain their process of creating music which literally starts in their home, thanks to a clever DIY recording booth in their lounge, their latest creation is Kirstens new EP Common Ground, they both chat with Justine. [more]

23/03/2014: Te Urewera Treks
It's largely due to the very values of manaakitanga, whanaungatanga and aroha that Joe Doherty (1953-2014) practiced and poured into his tourism business Te Urewera Treks that it's still able to run following his death a few weeks ago. Maraea Rakuraku observes Owner/Operator Joanna Doherty and Bush Guide Wiremu Nuku in their day to day operation before trekking to Nga Putahi Bush Camp in Ruatāhuna. [more]

23/03/2014: Whakatāuki mo 16 o Poutū te rangi (March) 2014
Kahungunu ki te whaiao, Ki te ao Marama. Kahungunu seeking enlightenment and understanding throughout the world. This week's whakatauki is explained by Alex Ann Edwards nō Ng­ā­ti Kahungunu. [more]

23/03/2014: Ketuketu Kiwaha with Alex-Ann Edwardss
Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi are doing their utmost to ensure Te Reo Māori in their rohe appeals to a generation of Te reo speakers and remains relevant by using a range of social media tools. [more]

23/03/2014: Toni Huata
Maraea Rakuraku calls in on Toni Huata at her home studio following the completion of her fifth album Tomokia due for release in June 2014. While there she discovers Toni is a bit of a comedian. [more]

30/03/2014: Haka exponent, composer and singer Robert Ruha
With a background in waiata composition and Kapahaka Robert Ruha nō Te Whanau a Apanui, Ngāti Pōrou was encouraged by his whanau and friends to produce Māori music for the masses, cue Tikitapu his debut EP. Robert talks with Justine Murray about why writing songs is another level of storytelling. [more]

30/03/2014: Whakatāuki mo 30 o Poutū te Rangi (March) 2014
Nā te werawera o te tinana me te waewae rara, me kimi he kōrero a, ka mārama. From the energy of the body and the pounding of the feet, this enables us to find a story, from this we find clarity. Explained by Moss Patterson no Ngāti Tūwharetoa. [more]

30/03/2014: Moss Patterson
Artistic Director of Atamira māori dance company, Moss Patterson talks about the upcoming production Moko with Justine Murray. [more]

30/03/2014: Zoe Williams and Kelly Nash
As producer and in charge of marketing with Atamira Māori Dance Company Zoe Williams role is varied, but with a recent re-branding of the group, one of her goals is to make Atamira a household name. Kelly Nash is one of the main choreographers and explains the logistics of setting up a dance production, from the set and costume design to the interpretation of moko in dance. [more]

30/03/2014: Nga tāonga kōrero Merata Mita (1942 - 2010)
Whenua programme producer Libby Hakaraia interviewed film maker Merata Mita about māori stories portrayed in film. [more]

30/03/2014: Nga tāonga kōrero 1983 Utu premiere
From Radio New Zealand's morning report coverage of the Utu movie premiere, in Napier. [more]

06/04/2014: Kiri Piahana-Wong - What makes a Māori poet?
What/ who is a M­āori poet? What is M­­āori poetry? Does Māori ancestry trump Pākehā ancestry? All questions Maraea Rakuraku encounters in discussion with Kiri Piahana-Wong of Anahera Press. [more]

13/04/2014: Witi Ihimaera
Since 2010 Witi Ihimaera has been a part of the faculty at The Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada. The Creative incubator attracts up to eight thousand students from around the world. As part of the Indigenous Writing Programme this years focus of the programme will be for writers who are interested in writing for theatre, he explains more with Justine Murray. [more]

13/04/2014: The role of a carver - James Rickard
Justine Murray visits Te Wānanga Whakāiro Rakau (National Carving School) at Whakarewarewa Māori Arts and Crafts Institute, Rotorua. Head tutor James Rickard talks about the uses of the different carving tools, and a few of the students explain some of their work. [more]

13/04/2014: Whakatāuki mo 13 o Paenga whāwhā (April) 2014
Pōnga Rā, Pōnga Rā ka tata kii mai te whare o nga ture. In our darkest moment who will you fight for? Explained by Robert Ruha nō Ngāti Pōrou, Te Whānau ā Āpanui [more]

13/04/2014: Whakatāuki mo 13 o Paenga whāwhā 2014
Ponga Ra, Ponga Ra ka tata kii mai te whare o nga ture. In our darkest moment who will you fight for? Explained by Robert Ruha no Ngati Porou, Te Whanau a Apanui [more]

13/04/2014: Johnson Witehira
Digital artist Johnson Witehira talks about Land of Tara, a light box exhibition that will tell the story of Tipuna (ancestors) linked to iwi of the Wellington region. [more]

13/04/2014: Johnson Witehira
Graphic artist Johnson Witehira talks about Land of Tara, a light box exhibition that will tell the story of Tipuna (ancestors) linked to iwi of the Wellington region. [more]

13/04/2014: Witi Ihimaera
Since 2010 Witi Ihimaera has been a part of the faculty at The Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada. The Creative incubator attracts up to eight thousand students from around the world. As part of the Indigenous Writing Programme this years focus of the programme will be for writers who are interested in writing for theatre, he explains more with Justine Murray. [more]

13/04/2014: Thomas Fonua
In 2011 fresh out of high school Thomas Fonua scored a place at Banff on the Indigenous Dance Residency, last year he was back there as a choreographer. He talks about his experience at the creative incubator and why a recent exchange programme between Banff and Creative New Zealand that will reserve two places for maori, is an amazing opportunity. [more]

13/04/2014: Thomas Fonua
In 2011 fresh out of high school Thomas Fonua scored a place at Banff on the Indigenous Dance Residency, last year he was back there as a choreographer. He talks about his experience at the creative incubator and why a recent exchange programme between Banff and Creative New Zealand that will reserve two places for maori, is an amazing opportunity. [more]

13/04/2014: James Rickard
Justine Murray visits Te Wananga Whakairo Rakau (National Carving School) at Whakarewarewa Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, Rotorua. Head tutor James Rickard talks about the uses of the different carving tools, and a few of the students explain some of their work. [more]

20/04/2014: Gravedigging wananga with Chas Paki
Assumptions can no longer be made that everyone understands tikanga Māori when it comes to Tangihanga, let alone the physical expectations when it comes to digging graves for whānau members. Chas Paki explains the background behind Taupiri Maunga Committees latest wananga, Gravedigging. [more]

20/04/2014: Whakatāuki mo 20 o Paenga whāwhā (April) 2014
Hokia ki o maunga kia purea e koe i nga hau o Tawhirimatea Return to your ancestral mountains to be cleansed by the winds of Tawhirimatea [more]

20/04/2014: Manawa Honey in Ruatāhuna
Te Taiwhenua Trust in Ruatāhuna is determined to build the capacity of its community and its seems harvesting honey through Manawa Honey just maybe one of the ways to do it. Maraea Rakuraku visits with Brenda Tahi of Te Taiwhenua Trust. [more]

27/04/2014: Whakatāuki mo 27 o Paenga whāwhā (April) 2014
Kia pēnei te māroro o te kākahu me te mangemange. Let your clothes be made as strong as mangemange that never wears out. [more]

27/04/2014: Māori Indian, Indian Māori or Indi-ori?
For anyone who negotiates a number of cultures within their whakapapa it can be tricky (or not) figuring who you are or where you belong. Attending the Second M­āori Indian hui in Rotorua in March Maraea Rakuraku heard many stories of Māori Indian (as they prefer to be called) whose parents or grandparents assimilated into New Zealand culture by marrying into whānau Mōri. Sita (also known as Winsome) Emery was 56 years old before she started using her Indian name. She shares her story as too a man whose, grandparents found love across the potato fields of Pukekohe. [more]

27/04/2014: From Freezing worker to hiphop artist Westside Hori Tipene
Talk about the power of transformation. Tipene Harmer aka Tipene is an example of it from his studio, that was a former milking shed to working alongside musos Dam Native, Tyna and Scribe as a bonafide Hip Hop Artist. [more]

27/04/2014: All that contributes to the kete. Toni Huata
Boarding at Turakina, being a loved whangai brought up by her grandparents and even hairdressing! Yes, hairdressing has all contributed to the force that is Toni Huata. Maraea Rakuraku spends time with the musician at her Wilton whare. [more]

04/05/2014: 150th Battle of Gate Pa Commemorations
Coverage of the 150th commemorations of the Battle of Pukehinahina (Gate Pa), with experience of the commemorations and insights into the historical events.  [more]

04/05/2014: Whakatāuki mo 4 Haratua 2014
Mana Tu, Mana Toa, Mana Ake Ake. We will stand as strong as warriors forever and ever. This week's whakatauki featured as part of the haka powhiri at the 150th commemorations of the Battle of Gate Pa. [more]

04/05/2014: Patrick Nicholas
Patrick Nicholas talks about the history of the Battle of Pukehinahina (Gate Pa) – the reasons that lead to the battle and the strategy taken up by its leaders that lead to the defeat of the British troops. Excerpts from the 1974 Spectrum programme, All the Queens Men, features. [more]

04/05/2014: Now and Then by Emily McCarthy
Lynda Chanwai-Earle reads the poem Now and Then by Tauranga Girls College student, Emily McCarthy. [more]

04/05/2014: Buddy Mikaere
Buddy recalls attending the 100th commemorations of the Battle of Gate Pa as a kid. The event has always fascinated him and he has worked as a consultant since 2011 to piece together the 150th commemorations. He explains the logistics with Justine Murray. [more]

04/05/2014: Carving the pou: Peri Kohu
The tight deadline and management of seven carvers was overseen by Peri Kohu. A month out from the unveiling of the carved pou, Justine Murray visited the workspace at the Tauranga Historic Village where Peri explains the depictions of each carving. [more]

04/05/2014: Dr Hauata Palmer and Matakokiri Tata
On the way to the service at Otamataha Cemetary, Justine Murray talks with Dr Hauata Palmer about the large scale of this years commemorations and the unveiling of the eight pou. [more]

04/05/2014: Te Awanui Black
Organising a mass haka for the official powhiri entailed lots of practises but it's also a way of identifying future leaders as Te Awanui Black explains with Justine Murray. [more]

04/05/2014: Spectrum 1974 - All the Queens Men
Spectrum 1974 - All the Queens Men. A re-enactment of the Battle of Gate Pa 1864. [more]

11/05/2014: Te Matau a Maui waka experience
Justine Murray sets sail aboard Te Matau a Maui waka in Napier. Piripi Smith explains the material of the double hulled waka which combines both traditional and modern methods of sailing. [more]

11/05/2014: Whakatāuki mo 11 o Haratua (May) 2014
Te Kii a Tūtāmure, The prick (from the snapper fish) of Tūtāmure. This whakatauāki is explained by Tawhana Chadwick nō Ngāti Kahungunu. [more]

11/05/2014: Te Hata Olly Ohlson
Kids TV presenter, teacher, writer and broadcaster Te Hata Olly Ohlson talks with Justine Murray about his online course, Mauri Hauora E-Studies. [more]

11/05/2014: Māori artist Mika
Multi-talented artist Mika is a busy man, he practically says yes to everything including the chance to launch a techno funk song with Lavina Williams, called Coffee. He talks about the song, his upcoming travel plans, and what important lessons he learned from Dalvanius Prime and Merata Mita. [more]

11/05/2014: No Conspiracy - a song written by Te Hata Olly Ohlson
A song penned about the tohu (symbols) Koru, Poutama and the Patiki. [more]

18/05/2014: Noho Hewa - The Wrongful Occupation of Hawai’i
In 1893, the monarch of Hawai'i, Queen Liliuokalani (1838-1917) was overthrown by a group of American sugar plantation owners led by Sanford Ballard Dole (1844-1926). Ever since, generations of Native Hawai'ians have viewed the Americans as occupiers in their homeland having never ceded sovereignty. The issue has become even more complex as Hawai'i has become a military base for America and its economy is entirely dependent on American goods. In the meantime, Native Hawai'ians are reduced to tourist stereotypes. In the early 2000's Anne Keala Kelly started documenting the militirisation of Hawai'i which then, led to an exploration of the reality of life in Hawai'i for Native Hawai'ians. The result, a documentary Noho Hewa: The Wrongful Occupation of Hawai'i (2008). On a recent visit to Aotearoa, Kelly sat down with Maraea Rakuraku and discussed the film. [more]

18/05/2014: Whakatauki mo 18 o Haratua (May) 2014
Ki te kore ngaputake e mākukungia e kore te rakau e tupu  If the roots of the tree are not watered the tree will never grow [more]

18/05/2014: The character of the 28th Māori Battalion as explained by Dr Monty Soutar
It's widely acknowledged that the 28 M­āori Battalion "punched above its weight" in the Second World War. In an archival interview from 2009, 28 Māori Battalion scholar and author of Nga Tama Toa: The Price of Citizenship, C Company 1939-1945 : Dr Monty Soutar provides a breakdown of each company that made up the Battalion and the nicknames they became known by, that spoke to their character. An archival recording from 2009. [more]

18/05/2014: Oturu School
A little country school on the outskirts of Kaitaia measures its success by the way their students engage in the school activities that they have had a hand in creating and managing. [more]

25/05/2014: Ōtakou Marae - Otago Peninsula
Rachel Wesley takes Justine Murray on a tour of Otakou Marae located on the Otago Peninsula, she explains the unique features which include a concrete maihi and their refurbished wharekai, Hakuiao. [more]

25/05/2014: Whakatāuki mo 25 o Haratua (May) 2014
Tau arai i te po titoko o te ao marama, Ko te wehe a Ihoa te Timatanga i te Whakaroha nui. To overcome darkness and despair, seek new learning and understanding. This weeks' whakatauki is explained by Takurua Tawera no Ngai Tuhoe. [more]

25/05/2014: For the people by the people - Wainuiomata Community Centre
Lizzie Raukawa, Tupou Kuma, Eize Raukawa, and DJ Teez talk about their work at the Wainuiomata Community Centre. [more]

25/05/2014: Nga tāonga kōrero - Poukai
In an archival recording from 1988, Haare Williams provides an insight into the annual gathering, Poukai. [more]

01/06/2014: Tomo and whanaungatanga as explained by Dr Carwyn Jones
Dr Carwyn Jones, University Law Lecturer and Co-editor of the Māori Law Review provides some historical and legal context to the purpose of tomo and how, while it's not a readily applied practice today, the key tenets of tikanga Māori particularly whanaungatanga are as relevant today. [more]

01/06/2014: Happily ever after and Tomo - Māori Marriage 1950's styles
Winiata Morunga was 20 years old and his intended bride, Doreen Beasley was 18 when they first met at a cousins wedding in Omanaia early 1950's . He was the best man, she was a bridesmaid. So far so cliché. Well, not so. Not when his whānau and then hers got in on the act and the practice of tomo was put into play. He recalls that time, and how the initial support pledged by their whānau through the practice of tomo, resulted in a very happy union that only ended upon her death. [more]

01/06/2014: Whakatauki mo 1 o Pipiri
He korero te kai a te rangatira. The talk of chiefs. Voiced by Gideon Porter [more]

01/06/2014: Hekenukumai Busby and the Star Compass
Maraea Rakuraku visits the beautiful Awanui - Te Tai Tokerau home of Master Navigator and Waka Builder, Hekenukumai Busby where, many of the waka that he and others have sailed across Te Moana Nui a Kiwa have been built. While there she experiences for herself the purpose built Star compass. [more]

08/06/2014: Te Rangi Hiroa College with Ashley Day
Te Rangi Hiroa College is one of 15 residential sites of the University of Otago. He is the Warden of the college that provides accommodation for 127 students. The former hotel building bears the name of Te Rangi Hiroa (born Peter Buck) who attend the Medical School in 1899 and graduated in 1904. Ashley Day talks about the carvings and panels donated by Ngati Mutunga at the opening earlier this year. [more]

08/06/2014: Music tutor, pianist and YouTube star Shaqaila Uelese
She's a student, music tutor, pianist and now a youtube star. Shaqaila first featured on the show in August 2013, but after a video of her playing Bohemian Rhapsody went viral, thanks to Twitter, her star is on the rise. Justine Murray catches up with the bubbly twenty year old, along Wellingtons Wharf, she even plays a tune on the Free-Play Piano. [more]

08/06/2014: Whakatāuki for 8 Pipiri (June) 2014
Whiria te tangata. Weave the people together. This week's whakatauki is explained by Ashley Day. [more]

08/06/2014: Adrian Wagner - Music
He grew up on the East Coast, moved to Porirua, spent time in England and made his way back to Wellington. Adrian Wagner has drawn on his past experiences to create his music. He's been doing for a while now both as a solo artist in the early 1990's, or supporting his musician wife, Toni Huata. His latest EP Wagner Brothers is co-produced with his Australian based brother, Marc. He talks with Justine Murray about the project. [more]

08/06/2014: Te Rangi Hiroa - NTK 1949
From the archives, recorded at a civic reception in Dunedin in 1949, Te Rangi Hiroa talks about his affinity to the Otago area and his foray into politics encouraged by Sir James Carroll. [more]

15/06/2014: Whaikōrero - Bishop Bennett
Poroporoaki to Bishop Frederick Augustus Bennett by Kepa Ēhau in 1950. [more]

22/06/2014: Whaikōrero - King Koroki
Poroporoaki to King Koroki by Pei Te Hurinui Jones in 1966. [more]

22/06/2014: Whakatāuki mo 22 o Pipiri (June) 2014
Tākina ra ko nga hui o Matariki Puanga Tautoru. Ka ngaro atutahi ma e karewa te tini o wheturiki. Matariki is the cluster of stars, Puanga is Orion, Tautoru is Orions belt, Atutahi is conopus, Karewa is the brightest star in the sky. This week's whakatāuki is explained by Jack Thatcher nō Ngai te Rangi, Ngāti Pōrou. [more]

22/06/2014: Whakatāuki mo 22 o Pipiri (June) 2014
Takina ra ko nga hui o Matariki Puanga Tautoru. Ka ngaro atutahi ma e karewa te tini o wheturiki. Matariki is the cluster of stars, Puanga is Orion, Tautoru is Orions belt, Atutahi is conopus, Karewa is the brightest star in the sky. This week's whakatauki is explained by Jack Thatcher no Ngai te Rangi, Ngati Porou. [more]

22/06/2014: Joe Mcloed - Chef
Māori Chef Joe Mcloed finds solace at his home, helped along by the huge range of rongoa and native plants he has in his backyard. On one crisp morning Justine Murray joins him for a chat about the variety of plants and how he incorporates their flavours into his cooking. [more]

22/06/2014: Matariki at Waiwhetu Marae
From a Matariki celebration at Lower Hutt's Waiwhetu Marae, Justine Murray poses the question to whanau running a few of the kai stalls. [more]

29/06/2014: Whaikōrero - Tuini Ngāwai
Poroporoaki to Tuini Ngāwai by Hunara Hīroki Tāngaere in 1965. [more]

29/06/2014: Whakatāuki mo 29 o Pipiri (June) 2014
Whakanuia te tau hou. Happy new year. This weeks whakatāuki is explained by Anahera Higgins nō Ngāti Konohi. [more]

29/06/2014: Matariki Festival
As the Māori programme leader of Arts and Culture at Auckland Council, Anahera Higgins provides a rundown of the Matariki events happening in Auckland up until the end of July. [more]

29/06/2014: Whiti te Rā The Story of Ngāti Toa Rangatira
Ngāti Toa Rangatira project manager Jennie Smeatton and Curator Awhina Tamarapa take Justine Murray on a tour of Whiti te Rā: The Story of Ngāti Toa Rangatira that opened on June 14 2014 at Te Papa Tongarewa, The National Museum. [more]

06/07/2014: Whaikōrero - Kepa Ēhau
Poroporoaki to Kepa Ēhau by Te Whati Tāmati 1970. [more]

06/07/2014: Dr Karyn Paringatai
Justine Murry visits Dr Karyn Paringatai at the University of Otago and sits in one of her classes. Dr Paringatai also talks about her reconnection to her ties in Ngāti Pōrou, despite growing up in the Southland. [more]

06/07/2014: The Modern Māori Quartet
It's been a busy year for the Quartet who wrapped up their Matariki on the Move shows in Auckland this week, but it seems as though things aren't slowing down any time soon with an upcoming TV talent show. They chat with Justine Murray about their 'chaotic' schedule and are even given a pop-quiz with a quick game of 'Name that Show band'. [more]

06/07/2014: Whakatāuki mo 6 o Hōngongoi July 2014
Iti Kōparapara Pioi Kahikataea, ahakoa nga mahi uaua, Ka Taea - Although the Kōparapara bird is small, it can reach the heights of the Kahikatea tree. This weeks whakatāuki is explained by Juanita Teepa nō Tuhoe. [more]

13/07/2014: Whaikōrero - Eruera Tirikatene
Poroporoaki to Sir Eruera Tirikatene by Koro Wetere in 1967. [more]

13/07/2014: The Ōtakou Māori Memorial Methodist Church
Rachel Wesley shows Justine Murray around the church located a few metres away from Otakou Marae and is home to a whanau Whare Taoka, a small room with a range of photos, treasures and pounamu. [more]

13/07/2014: Whakatāuki mo 13 o Hōngongoi (July) 2014
Ko te pipi te tuatahi, ko te kaunuku te tuarua. A small wedge is used first, followed by a larger one. [more]

13/07/2014: Louise Potiki Bryant
Ngai Tahu choreographer Louise Potiki Bryant talks about her career in dance which includes a range of productions with The Black Grace Dance Company, Atamira and Te Ahukaramu Charles Royal's Te Whare Tapere. Louise also talks about new projects in the works as a result of being awarded the Caroline Plummer Fellowship earlier this year. [more]

20/07/2014: Whaikōrero - Father Durning at Mākirikiri
Whaikōrero by the Rev. Father James Durining at the opening of the Aotea Meeting House at Mākirikiri, Dannevirke, 1967. [more]

20/07/2014: Whakatāuki for mo 20 o Hōngongoi (July) 2014
Kia tika te reo, Kia rere te reo, Kia Māori te reo. Let the Māori language be accurate, let it fly and let it be māori and traditional. This week's whakatāuki is explained by Gareth Seymour nō Ngāti Hikairo and Juanita Teepa nō Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngā Puhi. [more]

20/07/2014: Nick Tupara
In the retail downtown area of Gisborne, Tupara is a business that is steadily building up a name for themselves. They sell a range of māori art on behalf of the local artists, Justine Murray chats with owner Nick Tupara. [more]

20/07/2014: Pita Paraone
Acting Chief Executive Officer of Te Taura Whiri I te reo Māori (Māori Language Commission) Pita Paraone discusses the concept of Te Kupu o te Wiki as part of the Māori Language week campaign 2014. [more]

27/07/2014: Whakatāuki mo 27 o Hongōngoi (July) 2014
Patua te taniwha o te whakama. Do not let shyness overcome you. [more]

27/07/2014: Ngā Reo o te Whenua
Dr Paul Wolframm talks about the documentary Nga Reo o te Whenua - Voices of the land. Tāonga pūoro exponent Dr Richard Nunns and Horomono Horo shed light on the connection of traditional Māori instruments and the landscape. Filmed in fifteen locations across Te Wai Pounamu (South Island) it debuts on July 26th Te Papa as part of the New Zealand International Film Festival. [more]

27/07/2014: Keith Southern - Music Producer
Keith Southern enjoyed a friendship with Whanganui composer Morvin Te Anatipa Simon (1944 -2014) for over thirty years. They recorded and arranged maori music together with groups including Kaiwhaiki, Te Matapihi, and Hato Paora College. He talks about what he learned from Morvin, and offers up important advice for present day maori composers. [more]

27/07/2014: Maori language week launch 2014
Māori language week was officially launched on Monday July 21st at Te Rauparaha Arena, Porirua. A few highlights feature. [more]

10/08/2014: Whakatāuki mō 10 o Hereturikōkā (August) 2014
Kia mau ki te Kōura Roa - Hold on to the big crayfish. [more]

17/08/2014: Where the Rēkohu bone sings
Writing her first novel Where the Rēkohu Bone Sings was a means of Tina Makereti understanding her daughters Moriori identity and in the telling of the story giving voice to the relationship between Moriori, Māori and Rēkohu. [more]

17/08/2014: Ngahiraka Mason and the conversations that need to be had
Māori are in need of solid, critical self-reflection according to contemporary M­āori art commentator and cultural historian, Ngahiraka Mason. If we can do that we will find more value in engaging iwi taketake ki iwi taketake rather than the combative iwi Māori ki iwi Pākehā. [more]

17/08/2014: Whakatauki mo 17 0 Hereturikoka (August )2014
Me ua e te ua Let the rain fall [more]

24/08/2014: Leonie Matoe - Toi Tangata
Toi Tangata is an Auckland-based organisation that specialises in health and wellbeing for Māori and non-Māori. Their work incorporates core Māori values with modern day living, with an overall goal of creating healthy lifestyle choices. Justine Murray talks with managing director Leonie Matoe. [more]

24/08/2014: Whakatāuki mo 24 o Hereturikōka (August) 2014
Ko te toi o nga ora, Ko te whanau ora. The Pinnacle of health and wellbeing is whole whanau health and wellbeing. This week's whakatāuki is explained by Leonie Matoe nō Ngā Rauru, Ngā Ruahine. [more]

24/08/2014: Sir Tamati Muturangi Reedy
This year marks the 31st anniversary of the Ngata Memorial Lectures. The annual Ngāti Pōrou gathering acknowledges the legacy of leader and politician Ta Apirana Ngata, and provides a forum to discuss issues affecting Ngāti Pōrou today including politics and te reo māori. The idea to host a lecture series came to Sir Tamati Reedy in 1982 while he was studying in Alabama as he recalls with Justine Murray. [more]

24/08/2014: Digital artist - Johnson Witehira
A few public spaces in Wellington now display Johnson Witehira's digital artwork. His portfolio ranges from creating fonts and typography, tee-shirts, street art to Māori designed wallpaper. Justine Murray talks with Johnson about the range of projects he has on the go. [more]

31/08/2014: Whakatāuaki mo 31 o Hereturikōkā (August) 2014
Hoki atu ki o tātau iwi, hoki atu ki o tātau maunga, hoki atu ki o tātau marae. Engari kia mau ki tēnei kōrero - tu Māori mai, tu Māori mai, tu Māori mai Go back to our people, go back to our mountains, go back to our marae but cling to this command. Stand as Māori, stand as Māori, stand as Māori This whakatāuki was said by Sir James Henare (1911- 1989) to soldiers of the 28th Māori Battalion when they returned to Aotearoa after serving overseas during the Second World War. Voiced and explained by Leanne Tamaki nō Tūhoe [more]

31/08/2014: Following in the steps of the 28 Māori Battalion
When your job involves caring for a website that memorialises the 28 Māori Battalion understandably your knowledge of military terminology and history is more than say, the average punter, Yet nothing beats the visceral knowledge gained when you actually return to the places where the soldiers fought and in some cases died. In May, Leanne Tamaki was part of a tour of largely C Company descendants who travelled to Tunisia, Italy and Greece and experienced first-hand how it must have been for the Māori men who were in the 28th Māori Battalion during the Second World War. [more]

31/08/2014: Karl Teariki
2014 is turning out to be quite a year for Karl Teariki whose album Te Manu has scored four nominations in the 2014 Waiata Māori Music Awards. It's made all the more special as it features two of his sons Tangaroa and Te Manea Teariki. [more]

07/09/2014: Te reo Māori lecturer Enoka Murphy
Enoka is a Te Reo Māori Lecturer at Waikato University and this year received an award for Sustained Excellence in teaching in a kaupapa Māori environment. While talking about his aspirations for the Māori language in this election year , Enoka admits that he has actually never voted. He explains his reasons with Justine Murray. [more]

07/09/2014: Whakatāuki mo 7 o Mahuru (September) 2014
Kia Horapa te reo. Let the language be spoken in everyday situations. This week's whakatauki is explained by Enoka Murphy no Ngati Manawa, Ngati Ruapani. [more]

07/09/2014: Dr Joanne Baxter and Dr Peter Crampton
The rise of Māori studying in health sciences at Otago University has increased over the past few years, Justine Murray finds out why. [more]

07/09/2014: Nori Parata - Tolaga Bay Area School
Justine Murray visits the school in Uawa and chats with Nori Parata about the schools busy year that included being recognised for their Training Academy programme and what she explains as the trip of a lifetime. [more]

21/09/2014: Te Ahi Kikoha - Takurua Tawera
Born in Te Teko, Takurua works as a Counsellor at Moana House, a rehabilitation programme based in Dunedin. He works alongside adult male offenders and teaches behavioural and social issues to help them ease back into their communities. Takurua explains his work with Justine Murray. [more]

05/10/2014: Writer and poet Keri Kaa
Justine Murray visits the home of Hohi Ngapera Te Moana Keri Kaa in Rangitukia, Te Tairawhiti. Keri talks about her childhood, her whanau and the book Taka Ki Ro Wai. The book won the Māori Language award at the 2014 New Zealand Post Book Awards, it is also a finalist at The National Design Awards. Creative Director Martin D Page provides an insight into the books illustrations which is proving a hit amongst the whanau in Te Tairawhiti. [more]

12/10/2014: When traditional Māori Art confronts notions of elitism and privilege
A black BMW pimped out in a Derek Lardelli moko type design with a pākehā behind it? How's that for a political statement? How's that for advertising one of the Te Ao Māori art events of the year, Toi Māori Art Market (November 14-16, 2014)? Maraea Rakuraku takes a ride in what is effectively a rolling billboard alongside its owner, Robert Baldock through the streets of Wellington. [more]

19/10/2014: From Māoriland to ImagineNATIVE
Pat and Tania Hakaraia run their lawnmowing business in Otaki, their expertise were called upon when Pat's cousin Libby Hakaraia directed the short film The Lawnmower Men of Kapu. This week the couple will join Libby and head to ImagineNATIVE film festival in Toronto, Canada. Pat will select short films to feature as part of the children's programme at next year's Maoriland film festival in Otaki. Tania will get an insight into the logistics of running the festival, and Libby will sit on the Prize Jury. They talk with Justine Murray a few weeks out from their departure. [more]

26/10/2014: Ruia Aperahama: Hiding lies upon lies and uncovering the truth
Musician Ruia Aperahama found it impossible to continue the way he was living, using drugs and alcohol to self medicate. It took a failed suicide attempt for him to finally accept that his addictions masked a deeper, more traumatic pain caused by childhood abuse. These days Hareruia (Ruia) Aperahama, talks a lot about waking up and accepting responsibility. They've always been themes he's explored throughout his musical career. Yet, what is remarkable about his life presently is that he's doing all of that and more, with the knowledge and then acceptance of horrific trauma - that all came to a head a few years ago. It's had Aperahama really stripping back what's important to him as an artist who identifies strongly and proudly Māori and Ratana and as a person whose needs were often subsumed by those of the collective. It's really had him examine how he wishes to live his life while standing within and practicing mana motuhake. [more]

02/11/2014: Acushla Dee O Carroll - Social Media and Māori Culture
Keyboard Warrior or Kānohi ki te Kānohi? How do you maintain your links to your hapū, iwi, marae and whanau? In 2010 Acushla began her research for her PhD thesis about the impact social media placed upon māori culture, she completed this work last year and graduated in May this year in her hometown of Taranaki. Justine Murray asks a few māori how they choose to keep their whanau links strong, and whether or not social media plays an important role. Acushla discusses her research and findings with Justine. [more]

09/11/2014: Aureretanga Parihaka
Te Ahi Kaa this week features a dramatised documentary recreating the political manoeuvrings behind the invasion of Parihaka in Taranaki on 5 November 1881. [more]

16/11/2014: Whakatāuki mo 16 o Whiringa a Rangi (November) 2014
Whaia te iti Kahurangi, Ka tūohu koe me he maunga teitei. Pursue the noblest of intentions or goals, and if you bow your head let it be to a lofty mountain. This week's whakatāuki is explained by Moana Maniapoto nō Ngāti Tuwharetoa, Te Arawa. [more]

16/11/2014: Tim Wigmore - Precious Cargo
Precious Cargo is an exhibition that takes a traditional Māori tāonga and through its design, another interpretation of it's functionality is explored. Essentially Waka Huia were designed as intricate treasure boxes carved on the outside to equal its valuable contents on the inside. Waka Huia would house Rau (feathers), Hei Tiki or Heru, as an example. Weaver Veranoa Hetet, Carver Lyonel Grant, Jeweller Nga Waiata, Potter Chris Weaver and Woodturner Graeme Priddle worked with Tim. Justine Murray tours the space, and Designer Tim Wigmore explains how the project took shape. [more]

16/11/2014: Julie Noanoa and Norm Heke - Māori Art
Māori Art for Kids is the new book released this week by artistic couple Julie Noanoa and Norm Heke. The book is the culmination of six months' of research for Julie, who concluded there was a lack of resources available for children that explained the various types of Māori designs, objects and tāonga pūoro. Photographer and Graphic designer Norm, was responsible for the images in the book. They explain the concept and the accessibility of Māori art. [more]

16/11/2014: Caii-Michelle Baker
Ngāti Pōrou and Rongowhakaata singer Caii-Michelle Baker was plucked from her hometown Tolaga Bay and mentored by the late Prince Tui Teka, she was only 17 years old. Since that time, she's enjoyed a career that has spanned three decades performing around the world, and working with producer and composer Dr Benjamin Wright. Her first single from her new album is a re-working of the Beatles Classic Help, she talks with Justine about working with Dr Wright and the important lessons she's learned along the way. [more]

23/11/2014: Whakatāuki mō 23 o Whiringa ā Rangi (November) 2014
Haere mai ki ahau, ki Te Papa-O-Rotu ki te au Te Rena, ki te urunga te taka, ki te moenga te whakaarahia. Ahakoa iti taku iti, he rei kei roto. Come to me, to Te Papa-O-Rotu to the unstirred current, to the pillow that falls not and to the undisturbed sleep. Although I am small, I have teeth. This whakatāuki originates from Te-Papa-o-Rotu marae. [more]

23/11/2014: Chris Huriwai and his Burning Bush moment
With an Anglican Mum and Ringatu Dad where's the middle ground if you're having a religious calling? Maraea Rakuraku catches up with Anglican priest Chris Huriwai who left for Jerusalem via America last week for an exchange with St Georges College. [more]

23/11/2014: Hui Takataapui 2014 with David Kukutai Jones
David Kukutai Jones is a healer, maker of rongoa, librarian and the Chairman of the Māori Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transsexual, Transgender gathering - Hui Takataapui 2014 which this year was hosted at Te-Papa-o-Rotu Pā, Whatawhata. [more]

23/11/2014: Mālama Honua Hōkūle'a, and Hikianalia with Kat Lobendahn and Moani Keliikuli Heimuli
Maraea Rakuraku receives Waka101 tutelage from Kat Lobendahn and Moani Keala Keliikuli Heimuli members of the Mālama Honua Waka Voyaging crew traversing across Te Moananuiakiwa (The Pacific Ocean) bringing attention to the pollution of our seas. It's an opportunity to ask all those pressing questions, like, does it get boring? what is the waka equivalent of cabin fever and just how awkward is it, toileting over the side of the waka? [more]

30/11/2014: Whakatāuki mo 30 o Whiringa ā rangi (November) 2014
Te Hiahia tuturu ki te tiaki te Mauri o Paraninihi te mahi I mua kia oti ai. Te Rangatiratanga o Paraninihi mo nga iwi o Taranaki. The ultimate goal is to guard the mauri of Paraninihi, to continue the work so Paraninihi can stand as a leader for iwi of Taranaki. [more]

30/11/2014: Te Reo Wainene o Tua - Storytelling in te reo Māori
Tamati Waaka says that for many marae across Aotearoa there is always that funny whanau member that can tell a good story, whether it's an uncle or aunty, it's always that person who can tell a hardcase yarn. Tamati is part of Te Reo Wainene o Tua, a group of Māori language storytellers, whose role is to deliver robust stories in te reo māori whilst engaging their audiences of mostly pre-school kids. He explains the purpose of Te Reo Wainene o Tua, and Justine Murray sits in on one of the sessions. [more]

30/11/2014: Marae civil resilience - Mock community evacuation
When Marae Nga Hau e Wha o Papararangi Marae in Wellington took in 42 evacuees following the 2011 Christchurch earthquakes, they soon realised the marae was not well equipped to cope. So began their work to become earthquake-ready. Nine Marae in the Wellington region have combined their resources and knowledge base to form a Marae Collective. For the past three years they have worked alongside local emergency organisations and the Hutt Valley Council to put their systems and community infrastructure into place. Last weekend they ran an emergency earthquake evacuation test, Justine Murray provides a perspective. [more]

30/11/2014: Kōkako - The Story of Tamanui
In 1999 the native Kokako bird Tamanui was removed from his home in the Moki Forest by Ngāti Tama and the Department of Conservation because of the threat caused by pests, stoats and wildlife. At the time Ngāti Tama pledged that the Kōkako would eventually come home. Even though Tamanui died in 2008, he had 22 offspring. Tiaki te Mauri o Parininihi Project Manager Conrad O'Carroll is tasked with the job of ensuring the Paranihihi forest is safe for the return of his progeny, he explains more about the project. The story of Tamanui is told at an exhibition at Puke Ariki Museum, New Plymouth, Heritage Manager Andrew Moffatt talks about their contribution in sharing Tamanui's story with locals and visitors. [more]

07/12/2014: Whakatāuki mō 7 o Hakihea (December) 2014
The way the sapling is shaped determines how the tree grows. [more]

07/12/2014: Gisborne Eastern Knights chess club
Club Captain Noble Keelan has a very simple method of controlling the boisterousness that erupts at Tuesday night chess club at the Gisborne Eastern Knights - clapping. Yet, who can blame the members for displays of emotion. It is all business from the time chess club starts at 6.00 pm till it ends at 8.00 pm. For one thing there's the ladder board where the aim is to make it to the number one spot, where the current Chairman Colin Albert sits. Maraea Rakuraku sits in one Tuesday and comes face to face with the enthusiasm, humility, fun and competitiveness that has teenagers ditching X box and Playstations in favour of what some describe is the ultimate board game. [more]

07/12/2014: Moana Callaghan
Moana Callaghan and her whānau travelled from Maraenui to attend the three day commemorations at Te Poho o Rawiri pā, Gisborne as their father Wira Callaghan was a soldier in C Company of the 28th Māori Battalion. Following the powhiri at the pā on the Friday, Maraea Rakuraku joins her on the mahau (porch) of the whare tipuna as she reminisces about her fathers service and his post war life when he returned home. [more]

07/12/2014: Parade from Te Poho o Rawiri to C Company Whare
Maraea Rakuraku meets with members of the Poutu whānau who just may be the Māori version of the story that inspired the the 1998 Steven Spielberg film Saving Private Ryan - but with a much happier ending. All five sons returned safely to Aotearoa and went on to have 100s of descendants. Maraea Rakuraku walks alongside whānau, war veterans of various military campaigns and a contingent of young Māori men representing soldiers of the Pioneer Battalion and hears their experiences of war that still resonates throughout the Tai Rawhiti community as they make their way from Te Poho o Rawiri pā to a purpose built whare, the C Company Memorial House that stands alongside Te Tairawhiti museum, Gisborne. [more]

14/12/2014: Whakatāuki mo 14 o Hakihea (December) 2014
Tu Ora, Tu Kaha, Tu Mana, Tu Maori. Be healthy, be strong, be proud, be Maori. This weeks whakatauki is explained by Justine Murray [more]

14/12/2014: Māori Trade Training Its history and future
Dr Terry Ryan, Hemi te Hemi and Harry Westrupp have a shared interest in Māori Trade Training that was established in the 1950s and continued until the early 1980s. Dr Terry Ryan is well versed in Ngai Tahu Whakapapa and discussed how the initiative was set up by Weslayan Church leaders who based the programme on the Te Rahui Wahine Hostels at Tūrangawaewae set by Princess Te Puea in 1949. Harry Westrupp left Omahu and headed to Christchurch to attend Māori Trade Training in the 1970s, today he works with young men keen to take up a skill as part of the new programme, He Toki ki te Rika. Hemi Te Hemi is at the forefront of He Toki ki te Rika, his role is to oversee the stakeholder relationships, they join Justine Murray from the Radio New Zealand Christchurch studio. [more]

14/12/2014: Amokura Panoho - The future of Parihaka
Parihaka was a thriving, entrepreneurial and peaceful community, led by  Prophets Tohu Kākahi and Te Whiti o Rongomai during the 1870s. That all changed when, on 5th November, 1881 Parihaka was invaded by Government forces. Both Tohu Kākahi and Te Whiti o Rongomai were arrested and taken to the South Island, Troops carried out violent acts upon the people, destroyed their homes and crops. Today, according to Parihaka Papakainga Trust Chair Amokura Panoho, there is a small community who live at Parihaka. Positive change is on the horizon, this year the trust received funding from Massey University's Energy Research Centre to conduct research that looks into self-sustainable energy, eventually Parihaka will once again thrive with an infrastructure that meets the people's needs, as Amokura explains. [more]

14/12/2014: He Titiro Whakamuri - A look back on a few stories this year.
In the second to last episode of Te Ahi Kaa for 2014, Justine Murray features a few of her favourite stories produced this year, that includes the mass Haka Powhiri to commemorate 150 years since the Battle of Pukehinahina and setting sail on-board the traditional sailing waka, Te Matau a Maui. [more]

21/12/2014: Ngahiraka Mason
Continuing to focus on the Māori Pākehā relationship without considering the dynamic between other indigenous peoples does a disservice to Māori according to Indigenous Arts Curator and commentator Ngahiraka Mason. [more]

21/12/2014: PREVIEW 2015 Alice Te Punga Somerville_ Once were Pacific
Maraea Rakuraku is in discussion with Alice Te Punga Somerville author of Once were Pacific; Māori connections to the Pacific (2012) about the dynamics of Māori enjoy with Pacific and Pasifika. [more]

21/12/2014: The West Papua fight for sovereignty
The Madang Wansolwara Dance gathering in West Papua in September was an opportunity to meet with Pacific nations on a creative and political level. It was also an opportunity for University lecturer Teresia Teaiwa to encourage her older son, Manoa's politicisation about issues that impact upon the Pacific and in particular West Papua. [more]

21/12/2014: Malama Honua
Voyaging waka Hōkule'a and Hikianalia are sailing from nation to nation highlighting the dire state of the oceans. Maraea Rakuraku is with two of its crew members Kat Lobendahn and Moani Heimuli. [more]

21/12/2014: Manaway Honey and Te Urewera treks
Two businesses in the isolated communities of Ruatahuna are proving successful in creating employment and utilising the area's natural resource. [more]

21/12/2014: Tuhoe Apology
On August 22, 2014 Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson delivered an apology on behalf of the crown to Tūhoe thus bringing to a close the Tūhoe Settlement as reached through a Waitangi Tribunal claim. Excerpts from the speech features. It's one thing to be apologised to as an Iwi, how does it sit for an individual? Te Manu Korihi reporter Mani Dunlop is in conversation with Wharenui Tuna no Ngai Tūhoe. [more]

21/12/2014: Ruia Aperahama
Addressing childhood sexual abuse has not been easy for musician Ruia Aperahama. Yet he's done it and in the process is undergoing great healing. [more]

25/01/2015: Whakatāuki mo 25 o Kohitātea (January) 2015
Mā Whero, Mā Pango, Ka oti ai te mahi. With Co-operation the work shall be completed. This weeks whakatāuki is explained by Zoey Martin-Hawke nō Ngāti Paoa, Ngāti Hako. [more]

25/01/2015: Dr Tony Ruakere - A Colourful Career
There is both a serious and fun side to the career of Dr Anthony Ansley Ruakere, better known as Dr Tony Ruakere. There's the hitch-hiking trips he made from Taranaki to Dunedin to attend Medical school, there is the 'Rolls Royce' days when he ran his own practise in Opunake, and the years he spent running the Te Atiawa Medical Centre with several thousand patients on their files. Now in his seventies, Dr Ruakere is well retired, he recalls his time growing up at Puniho Pa as one of thirteen kids, and a few of his career highlights. [more]

25/01/2015: Zoey Martin-Hawke
Creating a Smoke free Aotearoa by 2025 is the mission of Te Ara Hā Ora Manager Zoey Martin-Hawke, helped along by the contribution of the former co-leader of the Māori Party, Dame Tariana Turia. As the former Associate Health Minister, Turia introduced legislation that resulted in retailers removing public displays of cigarettes and increased excise Tax. This week it was announced that Dame Tariana Turia is the recipient of the Luther L Terry award for her work on a political front on Tobacco control. Zoey Martin-Hawke talks about her contribution and the impact upon her role now that she is no longer in parliament. [more]

25/01/2015: Ngā Tāonga Korero - Ratana Pa and The Holy Temple
In an archival recording from 1987, Haare Williams presents He Rerenga Korero, the episode delves into the History of the Ratana faith, and the architectural design of Temepara Tapu, The Holy Temple as explained by Rapina Aperahama. [more]

01/02/2015: Whakatauki mo 01 o Hui Tanguru (February) 2015
"Tai timu, tai pari e kore e mutu taku aroha mōhau"The tide comes in, the tide goes out my love for you will never end [more]

01/02/2015: Flying Flags and their relevance to Aotearoa on Waitangi Day
In an archival recording, Te Ao Pritchard of Te Ata Tino Toa, explains why flying the New Zealand and Tino Rangatiratanga flags alongside eachother on Waitangi day demonstrates the partnership as agreed to in 1840, between Māori and the crown. [more]

01/02/2015: Putahi Pa, Wairoa
Those keeping the homefires burning (Te Ahi Kaa) are relied heavily upon to swing into action, by the whanau who live away from their Pā when, say a tūpapaku arrives and a tangihanga takes place. However, are the expectations realistic? And how exactly does that translate practically? All questions Kiwa Hammond, his mother Miriama Hammond and Uncle Fred McRoberts are having to contend with at their Pā, Putahi in Wairoa and which has led to them putting in place succession plans . [more]

01/02/2015: Alice Te Punga Somerville and the Māori diaspora
"(The Manu Aute)…is shaped by its relationship to the ground and who is holding it, and the strength of the rope" Alice Te Punga Somerville. Academic Alice Te Punga Somerville uses the metaphor of the Manu Aute (a traditional Māori kite) to describe the diaspora of Māori writers living throughout the world whose work contribute to a discussion around Maori, The Pacific and Pacifika. Topics covered in her book, Once were Pacific: Māori Connections to Oceania (2012). "(The Manu Aute)…is shaped by its relationship to the ground and who is holding it, and the strength of the rope"Alice Te Punga Somerville [more]

08/02/2015: Whakatāuki for 8 o Hui-Tanguru (February) 2015
He honore, he kororia, maungarongo ki te whenua, whakaaro pai ki nga tangata katoa. Honour and Glory on high, peace on earth and goodwill to all people. This week's whakatauki is explained by Kurt Komene no Te Ati Awa. [more]

08/02/2015: Treaty Debates 2015 - Healing the past, building a future
This year's Treaty Debate panel is Peter Douglas CEO of Te Ohu Kaimoana; Jamie Tuuta CEO of Te Tumu Paeroa; Matiu Rei Executive Director at Ngati Toa Rangatira and Rahui Papa, Chairman of the Executive Board of Waikato-Tainui iwi, Te Arataura. Highlights of the Treaty Debate (recorded on the 29th January 2015) includes discussion about the settlement process, the relationships formed during this process both within iwi and the crown, and the way forward. [more]

08/02/2015: Te Ra o te Raukura - Star Olsen
Every year Star Olsen sets up his stall at the Te Ra o te Raukura, the two day whanau festival, the trouble is he actually doesn't sell anything. His stall is his trusty van and he spends time soaking up the music and atmosphere. As one of the key organisers of the event, that attracts thousands to Te Whiti Park, Lower Hutt, Star recalls how the event came about, and the logistics of organising Te Ra o te Raukura every year. [more]

08/02/2015: Experiencing Te Ra o te Raukura
Kurt Komene is the tutor of the kaumatua kapahaka group Te Roopu Taikura o Te Kahui Herekawe, this year the group performed on stage at Te Ra o te Raukura. Kurt talks about the iwi connections and why the festival is another way to strengthen those ties. Frank Crawford and Frank Topia are both skilled weavers who set up a stall to sell their wares, from clutch purses to bangles, hats and backpacks, they both talk about their kaupapa with Justine Murray. [more]

08/02/2015: What does Waitangi day mean to you?
Justine Murray asks the question at Te Ra o te Raukura whanau festival, Lower Hutt on February 1st, 2015. [more]

08/02/2015: Ngā Tāonga Kōrero - Sir Apirana Ngata at Waitangi
In an archival recording from 1940, Sir Apirana Turupa Ngata is at the opening of the Whare Runanga meeting house at Te Tii Marae, Waitangi. The opening coincided with the centenary celebrations of the signing of the Treaty. In his speech, Ngata talks about the relationship between maori and pakeha. [more]

15/02/2015: Whakatāuki for 15 o Hui-Tanguru (February) 2015
Whatungarongaro te tangata, Toitu te Whenua. As man disappears, the land remains. [more]

15/02/2015: Pintupi Nine - Produced by NG Media
The Pintupi Nine is a family of two woman, their four sons and 3 daughters who were known as the last Aboriginal group to live as Hunter Gatherers in the Gibson Desert, Western Australia. The family lived like their ancestors did for thousands of years, and it was only by accident that they were found near Lake Mackey in Western Australia. What eventuated was a bit of a media circus, they were labelled 'The Lost Tribe'. This in-depth documentary was only made possible by a mutual relationship of trust and respect built up over time between the Pintupi Nine and the NG Media Radio Production team. Narrated by Daniel Browning, Executive Producers are Safia Desai and Alana Mahony. [more]

15/02/2015: Nga Tāonga Korero - Apirana Mahuika
In this archival segment from 1989 Apirana Mahuika (1934 - 2015) talks about his role as the Chairperson of Te Runanga o Ngāti Pōrou, four years after it was established. [more]

22/02/2015: Whakatāuki mo 22 o Hui Tanguru (February) 2015
Mo tātou a Mo Ka Uri a muri ake nei. For us, and those that follow us. This week's whakatāuaki is explained by Ranui Ngarimu nō Ngāti Mutunga, Ngāi Tahu. [more]

22/02/2015: Kiwa Digital - Māori stories on a digital platform
Kiwa Digital's Māori development advisor Nikora Wharerau and Illustrator Munro Te Whata discuss the process of taking traditional māori Purakau (stories) and publishing these on a digital platform. The recently launched four-part series, Ngā Atua Māori is a set of graphic novellas written by Rereata Mākihā, Waihoroi Shortland and Nikora Wharerau. Munro worked on the imagery and story-boards. The result is an interactive series available for download in the App store or Android for viewing on tablets. Justine Murray talks to the duo about the creative process, te reo māori and how other iwi can tell their stories in a similar way. [more]

22/02/2015: Matatini - A few thoughts
Attending a couple of summer festivals is a good way to record a wide range of opinions on a certain topic, Justine Murray asks a few people which Kapa Haka group will get their support at this year's upcoming Te Matatini National performing arts festival held in Christchurch. [more]

22/02/2015: Ranui Ngarimu - Hosting Te Matatini 2015
South Island iwi Ngai Tahu are hosting the 2015 Te Matatini, the annual National Performing Arts competition that attracts tens of thousands of people from around Aotearoa.  Marae, hotels, motels and homes will host up to 2000 performers from 45 groups. Christchurch is still in the re-building phase following the 2011 earthquakes, but chairperson of the Waitaha Cultural Council Trust Ranui Ngarimu says Waitaha Iwi are excited to host the event in just under two weeks' time, as she explains with Justine Murray. [more]

22/02/2015: Nga Tāonga Kōrero - Tauranga Kapahaka Competition 1970
It was in the early 1960's that Māori came together to celebrate performing arts, the venue was held at the Tauranga Queens Elizabeth Memorial Hall. In 1970, Wiremu Parker (1914 - 1986) attended the event and talks about the various waiata sung by Waioeka of Opotiki, Ngāti Rangiwewehi and Ngāti Poneke. Turirangi Te Kani (1915 - 1990) addresses the crowd, and the then Minster of Māori Affairs Duncan Mcintyre talks about the importance of Māori Culture groups. [more]

01/03/2015: Whakatāuki for 1 o Poutū te Rangi (March) 2015
Kia kawea tatou e te rehia. Let us enjoy the spirit of entertainment. [more]

01/03/2015: Whakarewarewa Village, Rotorua
Brother and Sister John Waaka and Mahora Wiston remember the dilemma their father Kuru Waaka faced when he was approached by Pakake Leonard to help establish the Whakarewarewa Village and the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute (NZMACI), Rotorua. At the time he had ten children and a pretty decent job. Their father took a risk, and it soon paid off. Today, Whakarewarewa Village and the nearby Te Puia (formerly NZMACI) are two separate entities. However John and Mahora remember both operating as one business. [more]

01/03/2015: Rowley Habib - Māori Writer
Rowley Habib grew up in Oruanui on the outskirts of Taupo, he attended Te Aute Boys College where his writing was encouraged by his peers. A writer, poet and playwright Rowley was the first maori writer to write a drama for television, what eventuated was The Gathering. Rowley talks about the many people who encouraged his writing, his childhood and how he honed his craft by reading all the classic novels.   [more]

01/03/2015: Ngā Tāonga Kōrero - Te Waka Huia
Henare Te Ua presents coverage of the 1986 Aotearoa Performing Arts Festival held in Christchurch. The winners of the competition at the 8th festival was Auckland based group Te Waka Huia. Highlights of their performance are featured. [more]

08/03/2015: Whakatāuki mo 8 o Poutū te Rangi (March) 2015
Nōu te rourou, Nāku te rourou, Ka ora ai te iwi. With my basket and your basket the people with thrive. This week's whakatāuki is explained by Dr Leonie Pihama nō Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Māhanga, Nga Māhanga ā Tairi. [more]

08/03/2015: The Koha Table - Cannons Creek Porirua
Riana Hautapu says Koha is about unconditional giving and receiving. It's based on this concept that she now runs The Koha Table, a weekly service where anyone can visit the front yard of her home at Cannons Creek and help themselves to clothes, Bric-a-Brac, shoes and donated food. Riana and Paula MacEwan run The Koha Table, Paula's is based at her home in Titahi Bay. it's all voluntary and word has travelled around their community of Porirua, so much so that nearby stores and organisations donate goods. Justine Murray is at their launch day. [more]

08/03/2015: Nuku - Symbols of Mana - Art exhibition
Bridget Reweti is the 2014 Blumhardt/Creative New Zealand Intern, at the tail end of her internship at The Dowse Art Museum in Lower Hutt she curated the recently opened exhibition Nuku: Symbols of Mana. The Pataka (storehouse) at The Dowse provided inspiration for the work that consists of all women artists, at the kūaha (doorway) of the pātaka is the image of a women breastfeeding, after thinking on her ideas for the exhibition, Bridget based it on mana wāhine, she takes Justine Murray through the space. [more]

08/03/2015: Ngā Hua a Tāne Rore - The benefits of kapa haka
Dr Leonie Pihama and Dr Jillian Tipene of Te Kotahi Research Institute at The University of Waikato provide a brief analysis into their scoping report commissioned by Manātu Tāonga (Ministry for Culture and Heritage) and Te Matatini ltd. Te Kotahi used kaupapa māori research methodologies to engage with focus groups who, in some cases are at the frontline of kapa haka. One main part of the report findings was that kapa haka is undervalued. Dr Pihama and Dr Tipene discuss the health, social and economic benefits of kapa haka, and the untapped potential of traditional maori performing arts. [more]

15/03/2015: Indigenous Convicts - Hindsight
The stories of Hohepa Te Umuroa of Ngāti Hau (Te Ati Haunui a Pāpārangi), Khoi San Leader David Sturraman and Aborigine Musquito are woven into a documentary produced by Lorena Allam and Louis Mitchell from the Social History show Hindsight broadcast on Australian Broadcasting Corporation's (ABC) Radio National. [more]

15/03/2015: Whakatauki mo 15 o Poutū te rangi (March) 2015
Toitu te kupu, Toitu te mana, Toitu te whenua. Hold fast to Maori culture, with language, with mana and without land, the essence of being Maori will be lost. [more]

22/03/2015: Whakatāuki for 22 o Poutū te rangi (March) 2015
He Hono tangata e kore e motu, Ka pa he taura waka e motu. Unlike the rope of a waka, the bond of a human cannot be severed. [more]

22/03/2015: Maria Walker - Life imitating Art
Maria Walker directed the children's play Ngunguru I te ao, I te po, it's a play that is 95 percent in te reo maori and uses props, music and the odd English word to talk about the theme of the story. Having worked in theatre where Te Reo Maori is the dominant language combined with taking on Maori acting roles, has somewhat lead to a path of discovery for Maria to learn more about her taha Maori. She grew up in Wairoa and when Maori Trade Training began in Wellington, her family moved to Upper Hutt. For the past decade, Maria has worked in film, theatre and television, she is a graduate from Toi Whakaari, The New Zealand Drama School, and directed The Maori Vagina Monologues in 2013. Maria talks about the play and why te reo maori theatre should be performed internationally. [more]

22/03/2015: Nepia Takuira-Mita - Actor and Performer
Children are much harsher critics than adults, that's what actor Nepia Takuira-Mita says with a slight chuckle. 'They will tell you how it really is, they will say, what was that? he adds. That's the experience of actor and performer Nepia Takuira-Mita, but he takes it on the chin because he enjoys what he does. As a graduate of South Seas Film and TV School, Nepia initally wanted to follow in the footsteps of his father and get a career in the army. Today, Nepia is a performer with Te Rakau Trust, and is part of the Rotorua Kapahaka group, Te Pikikotuku o Rongomai. He talks about his role in the play Ngunguru I te ao, I te po, the use of te reo maori and why language is no barrier if the story can be told well. [more]

22/03/2015: Robert Wiremu - Opera in the Pa
This year marks the 15th anniversary of Opera in the Pa at Rotowhio Marae, Te Puia at Rotorua. This year the event will commemorate the centenary of World War I and operatic arias will be adapted to familiar tunes of that period. Musical Director Robert Wiremu is a vocal coach and Senior Music Tutor at The University of Auckland, he is a trained pianist and sang at Opera in the Pa in the mid-nineties. Since that time he was worked with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Dame Malvina Major and The New Zealand Secondary Schools Choir. Robert grew up in Flaxmere, and that's where his musical career began as he explains with Justine Murray. [more]

22/03/2015: Dr Timoti Karetu - Ngā Tāonga Kōrero
In a 1994 episode of He Puna Wai Korero hosted by Henare Te Ua (1933 - 2007), coverage features of the Sir Apirana Ngata centenary celebrations in which Ngata graduated from University in 1894. To honour his contribution to Te Ao Maori, Dr Timoti Karetu talks about his work in traditional maori performing arts and the māori language. [more]

29/03/2015: Whakatāuki mo 29 o Poutū te Rangi (March) 2015
Ōkea Ururoatia. To Die like a Shark. [more]

29/03/2015: Tusiata Avia - Samoan Palagi Poet
From Australia's ABC Radio National programme, Earshot Tusiata Avia provides a narrative about her poetry from two of her poetry collection books, Wild Dogs Under My Skirt and Bloodclot. Tusiata grew up in Christchurch and visited Samoa when she was fourteen years old. In her early twenties she left Christchurch and spent a year or so there teaching. Her experiences in Samoa and her dual heritage as Samoan Palagi would form part of the inspiration of her poetry, which is described as raw and lyrical . Avia spent over a decade travelling overseas teaching, and seriously took to writing in 2001, a year later she completed the MA Creative Writing Programme at the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University, Wellington. In 2002, the children's books, Mele and the Fofo and The Song were published. Her work was adapted for broadcast on Radio New Zealand, and her first collection of poetry Wild Dogs Under My Skirt was published in 2004. In 2009 the book Bloodclot was published, in 2013 she was a recipient of the Janet Frame Literary Trust Awards. [more]

12/04/2015: Whakātauki mo 12 o Paenga whāwhā (2015)
Maungarongo ki te whenua. Peace on Earth. This week's whakatāuki is explained by Morrie Love no Te Ati Awa. [more]

12/04/2015: Pukeahu National War Memorial Park - Morrie Love
On March 25th this year, the official dawn blessing ceremony took place at the Pukeahu National War Memorial park, Buckle Street in Wellington. Built above the Arras Tunnel, the park provides a space for recreational activity and reflection. The park is very much still a work in progress according to Wellington Tenths Trust Chairman Morrie Love. [more]

12/04/2015: Innovating Mātauranga and Re-searching Rangatiratanga
Teacher, Waiata Moteatea (Traditional Chant) scholar and researcher Dr Wayne Ngata attended the recent Kei Tua o te Pae conference held at Te Wananga o Raukawa, Otaki. In tackling the subject matter of Innovating Matauranga and Re-searching Rangatiratanga, the ideas of his keynote speech did not come to mind easily. But for this keynote korero, Dr Ngata talks about the challenges he encountered when he was part of the Independent Adjudication Panel that oversaw the Central North Island (CNI) iwi collective and the allocation of land, mainly in the Kaingaroa Forest. As a Rawaho (an outsider) from the eight iwi that formed the collective, there was a fine balancing act of adhering to the rules and guidelines of his role whilst maintaining tika (doing what is right). According to Dr Ngata the process and the end result, in which an allocation model was agreed upon by the collective is a form of Matauranga Maori. Highlights from his keynote speech feature in this week's Te Ahi Kaa. [more]

12/04/2015: Pūpūkahi I Ke Alo O Nā Pua - Mid-Pacific Institute
Lanakila Michael Casupanga teaches Hula at Mid-Pacific Institute, a college preparatory school for school children from ages 5 -18 years old in Honolulu, Hawaii. As part of their school programme, the Hula students and staff of Pupukahi I Ke Alo O Na Pua Hula group travelled to Aotearoa to perform, share stories, and exchange cultural knowledge. During the trip, the group of forty one staff and students spent time in Auckland at Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Mangere, they were looked after by host families in Whakatane, and Wellington based Kapahaka group Nga Tai Hononga o Marutawhiti hosted the students at Maraeroa Marae, Porirua. It is at Maraeroa that Justine Murray talks to Lanakila Casupang about their trip, while High School Principal Thomas MacManus provides his perspective of experiencing manaakitanga (hospitality), and witnessing the practise of tikanga and Kawa on the Marae. [more]

19/04/2015: Whakatauāki mo 19 o Paenga-whāwhā (April) 2015
Ruia taitea, Ruia Taitea, Kia Tu ko Taikaha anake. Strip away the Taitea, the Sap. The heart is Taikaha. This week's whakatauaki is explained by Ngataiharuru Taepa no Te AtiAwa, Te Arawa. [more]

19/04/2015: The Road to The Rock - Piimio Mei
Piimio Mei was turned down twice to attend The New Zealand School of Dance in Wellington, but that didn't deter the 17 year old from pursuing her dream of becoming a Ballerina. A late starter to Ballet at 12 years old, Piimio was taught a few techniques from her mother and then moved into formal lessons at Kapiti Dance Centre with Alison Pond. It was after watching the movie First Position that she learned about The Rock, a dance school in Philadelphia, United States. Piimio, who practises on the hard wooden floor of the kitchen at her home in Wellington, decided to send in an audition tape to attend their summer school Ballet Intensive programme, she learned in March she was accepted. Aside from studying engineering at Weltech, she is busy fundraising for the school fees, travel and accommodation costs. A Marae in Newlands, Wellington is hosting a hangi fundraiser this weekend. [more]

19/04/2015: Māori Men of World War I - Te Papa Curator Puawai Cairns
Justine Murray visits Te Papa curator Puawai Cairns at her home and over a cup of tea, she shares a couple of photos from her research, she unravels the story of Lieutenant George Gardiner, who not only fought for his country, but made a name for himself as a rugby league player and a wrestler who went under the moniker Hori Tiki. [more]

19/04/2015: Ngataiharuru Taepa
Artist Ngataiharuru Taepa talks about his tupuna (ancestors) who fought in the Land Wars, the First World War and World War II. [more]

26/04/2015: The Ode - Piripi Hoetawa
E kore ratou e koroheketia Penei i a tatou kua mahue nei E kore hoki ratou e ngoikore Ahakoa pehea i nga ahuatanga o te wa. I te hekenga atu o te ra Tae noa ki te aranga mai i te ata Ka maumahara tonu tatou ki a ratou. Ka maumahara tonu tatou ki a ratou. They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them. We will remember them. [more]

26/04/2015: Helene Leaf and Anania Wikaira
In the Far North, Captain Harding Leaf is quite legendary. He fought in the first World War at Gallipoli and on the Western Front. An athletic man who also was known for his keen sense of humour, he served as Lieutenant in the Pioneer Battalion from 1914 - 1918, and enlisted in World War II in 1939. [more]

26/04/2015: The effect of War - Puawai Cairns
On April 18th the exhibition Gallipoli: The Scale of Our War opened at Te Papa, the National Museum in Wellington. As part of the curatorial team, Puawai Cairns has researched the lives of the some of the Māori men who fought at Gallipoli. [more]

26/04/2015: The Battalion - Jim Moriarty
Te Rakau Hua o te Wao Tapu Trust is a theatre company that has performed in prisons, schools, marae, and even in the lounges of homes. Ngāti Toa actor Jim Moriarty has worked in film, television and theatre for the last forty years. The trust has performed the play, The Battalion since 2002, the stories main characters Georgia, Rimene and World War II veteran Paora. There are secrets that bubble to the surface, and Paora (played by Moriarty) is haunted by his past where he left his brother, thought to be dead, in Crete. The highly charged play uses dance, kapahaka, and waiata to tell the story. Written by Helen Pearse-Otene, Jim explains the story and the importance of honouring māori men who served overseas. [more]

10/05/2015: Te Ahi kaa mo 10 o Haratua (May)
A family take a road trip to join the Wellington leg of the 2004 Foreshore and Seabed Hikoi. Aside from the normal sibling squabbles along the way, the trip provides the space and time to discuss how the proposed government legislation will affect them and their iwi. [more]

17/05/2015: Skin Writing Series one - Episodes 1 and 2
Matt and Niwa, Aroha Mai Aroha Atu are the first two episodes from the Skin Writing series produced in 2008. The radio drama tells the story of work and life based on its central characters who work at a Taa Moko Studio. [more]

17/05/2015: Jason Te Kare on 'Skin Writing'
Skin Writing was developed to encourage more Māori writers to give writing for radio a go. Jason Te Kare researched Māori pūrakau (stories) of Mataora and Niwareka for his story, which is set in a tattoo studio called The Underground. He discusses the concept with Justine Murray. [more]

24/05/2015: Playwright Albert Belz
Playwright Albert Belz talks about writing for radio and how it compares to the stage and screen. [more]

31/05/2015: Skin Writing - Series 2
The drama continues in the second season of Skin Writing - the the radio drama set in a ta moko studio, The Underworld.Written by award-winning playwrights Whiti Hereaka and Jamie McCaskill. produced by Jason Te Kare. [more]

07/06/2015: Skinwriting Series 2 - Episodes 4 and 5
The drama continues in the second season of Skin Writing produced by Jason Te Kare. Award winning Playwrights Jamie McCaskill and Miria George wrote episodes for the radio drama serial set in a Taa Moko studio, Underworld. [more]

07/06/2015: Skinwriting 2 - Miria George and Jamie McCaskill
Miria George wrote Niwa Begins and Jamie McCaskill wrote Kia ora Bro, issues of sexism and the stigma of not speaking te reo m-aori were the themes of their episodes. Both are also working on the month long Ahi Kaa festival in Wellington that begins on June 9th, they talk about the line-up with Justine Murray. [more]

21/06/2015: Skinwriting III - Episodes 4 - 6
The drama continues in the third season of Skin Writing produced by Jason Te Kare. Jamie McCaskill and Rob Mokaraka wrote this week's episodes for the radio drama serial set in the Taa Moko studio, Underworld. [topics <>] Skin Writing [regions <>] Wellington [tags <>] Drama, Jamie McCaskill, Rob Mokaraka [more]

05/07/2015: Manu Tioriori - Regan and Sasha Perry
Regan and Sasha Perry are brothers, fathers and musicians. Roots and Reggae music has been their signature sound, but their music style is as eclectic as their upbringing. They moved from town to town but settled in Te Kuiti and grew up in the tight-knit Māori community.  Both brothers share their story with Justine Murray in part two of the Te Ahi Kaa music series, Manu Tioriori. [more]

12/07/2015: Manu Tioriori – Te Kupu (Upper Hutt Posse)
Upper Hutt Posse began as a four piece reggae band in 1985, going on to release New Zealand's fist rap song 'E Tu' in 1988. Other songs include 'Ragga Girl', 'Stormy Weather' and 'Ka Whawhai Tonu Matou' (We will keep fighting). Justine Murray is with founder Te Kupu at his home to reflect on those thirty years, the music, the controversy and the political and socially conscious messages that have not wavered over time. [more]

19/07/2015: Manu Tioriori - Narelle and Ellison Huata
Narelle and Ellison Huata talk about the life and legacy of their father, the late composer, mentor and Māori performing arts teacher, Tama Huata. [more]

09/08/2015: Te Ahuru Mōwai - The impact of suicide on Māori communities
Ko te piko o te māhuri, tera te tupu o te rākau. They way in which the young sapling is nurtured, determines how strong it will grow as a tree. This whakatāuki speaks to the theme of a National Suicide Prevention hui hosted by Te Runanga o Ngāti Pikiao, in Rotorua. Justine Murray presents coverage of the conference, and speaks to those directly affected by it, and gains an insight into what the solutions are to decrease the rising statistics of suicide amongst Māori. [more]

14/08/2015: Te Ahuru Mōwai - The impact of Suicide. (Part two)
Raising awareness, removing the stigma, and creating resilience is what more Māori in the mental and health sector are working towards in the area of Suicide prevention. Another side of the coin, is the stigma associated with suicide and the impact is has upon tikanga Māori and whanau. Justine Murray finds out more about the issue with Māori who work at the frontline of suicide prevention. [more]

23/08/2015: Te Reo o te Raki - Nora Rameka
Nora Rameka talks about her life in the Far North with regional reporter Lois Williams in part one of a new series Te Reo o te Raki. [more]

30/08/2015: Te Reo o te Raki - Ricky Houghton
Lois Williams is Radio New Zealand's Northland reporter. In this series Te Reo o te Raki, The Voices of the North she meets Ricky Houghton, the manager of He Korowai Trust. [more]

06/09/2015: Soldiers Road Portraits
It was the creativity of her mother and a trip to the New York that inspired Taaniko Nordstrom to create a business taking portraits.  The subjects of the portrait wear a mix of traditional and modern clothing worn during colonial times in Aotearoa. Justine Murray visits their studio at Papamoa. [more]

13/09/2015: Millan Ruka - River Ranger
Millan Ruka works as a river patrol ranger in Northland, encouraging the community and local councils to bring back the health of the rivers. It all began five years ago when Millan became aware of the dire polluted state of the Wairua River on the outskirts of Whangarei. Lois WIlliams gets an insight into this environment crusader on a mission. [more]

20/09/2015: Te Wao Nui A Te Manu Korihi Sunday 20 Sept
Coming up just after 5-30, the Manu Korihi news team brings you highlights of the weeks' Maori news, including: Police actions in Whakatane questioned; Maori water rights; Would you live in a Maori language 'district'? [more]

20/09/2015: Porgy and Bess - 50 years since NZ performance
Steve Danby rummages through the archives and provides an insight into the New Zealand Opera Company's production of George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess. The cast included American performers, an all-Māori chorus and the famous baritone – and arguably star of the production – Inia Te Wiata. The year was 1965, and Māori broadcaster Wiremu Parker covered the spectacle. In fact it was The Māori Programme show that made the only recordings of the rehearsal. Steve analyses the Opera, its popular score and the landscape of the country at that time. [more]

11/10/2015: Hannah Stappard - Reflections of a Contralto01
Hannah Stappard (formerly Hannah Tatana) talks about her life on-stage during the 1965 New Zealand Opera Performance of Porgy and Bess. [more]

14/10/2015: Awatea - Act 2
In 1965, a stellar cast that included Tim Elliott, Inia te Wiata and Don Selwyn gathered together at an NZBC studio and recorded the radio drama, Awatea by Bruce Mason. Last week Te Ahi Kaa features Act II. The story is set in the seaside town of Omoana where the village hosts an annual hui to celebrate the achievements and success of Werihe Paku's son, Matt. But the drama unfolds when the police turn up at his home, where his double life is unravelled. [more]

18/10/2015: 1975 Land March - Commemorating 40 years
Te Ahi Kaa features coverage of a panel discussion of where Cyril Chapman, Vivian Hutchinson and David Williams reflect on their involvement in the 1975 Land March lead by Te Rarawa Kuia Dame Whina Cooper (1895 - 1994) [more]

25/10/2015: Te Reo o te Raki - Paratene Te Manu (Sonny) Wellington
In this final episode of Te Reo o te Raki (Voices of the North) 82 year old Sonny Wellington is a bit of a 'lone' kaumatua in his communities of Tutukaka and Ngunguru. He carries out blessing ceremonies, he sits on a number of community boards, spends time with residents at local rest homes and to keep active he runs the Kia Ora Ngatiwai Line Dancing group. Lois Williams is with Sonny at Ngunguru Marae to talk about his life in the Northland. [more]

01/11/2015: Te Ohu Hāpori - Community People
In part one of this three part series, Justine Murray visits a community and talks to those who are effecting positive change. [more]

08/11/2015: Te Ohu Hāpori - Taumarunui
Justine Murray visits Taumarunui and talks to those who are effecting positive change. [more]

15/11/2015: Te Ohu Hāpori - Porirua
Justine Murray is in Porirua and reflects upon the towns 50 year history since it officially became a city. [more]

22/11/2015: He Kai Ora - Te Ahi Kaa
Te Ahi Kaa Contributor Takiri Butler presents He Kai Ora, an insight into healthy eating. [more]

29/11/2015: He Ora Tinana - Physical fitness
Takiri Butler provides an insight into whanau fitness in Tauranga. Kehu Butler hit the surf at five years old, ten years later at age 15, he competes at international level. Tiana Bennett suffers from Rheumatoid Arthritis but thanks to a new drug and whanau support she is able to walk up and down her ancestral maunga, Mauao. Khan Butler talks about his role as coach and father to his son Kehu, and Celestial Navigator Jack Thatcher came up with the concept, Hakafit, a kaupapa that got kapahaka performers fit before Te Matatini. [more]

06/12/2015: Akau Studios - Kaikohe
Jeremy Rose is in Kaikohe with young budding Māori designers. [more]

13/12/2015: Huruiki - The Return of a Mountain
Jeremy Rose is in Whangarei with Brandon Edwards who successfully purchased Huruiki mountain in 2011, after the land was sold in 1961 due to rates arrears. [more]

20/12/2015: Te Ahi Kaa 2015 - The Year That Was
A few highlights from stories featured on Te Ahi Kaa this year. [more]

14/02/2016: Te Tai Timu - Strengthening the tide
Alexa Cook is at the annual Te Tai Timu Trust Summer camp where the message of safety on the water is promoted to one hundred and thirty five youth from around the country and Justine Murray is at Pukehou Marae with the trust founder, Zack Makoare. [more]

21/02/2016: He Wake Eke Noa - Pūhoro Māori Science Academy
Te Waoriki Hunia and Arama Yancey said it was kind of 'freaky' to meet a person who had actually been in space. The two Murupara area school students are talking about Colonel Rick Searfoss who attended the launch of Pūhoro, the Māori Science Academy lead by Massey University. The eighty students and their families got to hear the inspirational advice by Māori aerospace engineer Mana Vautier who says hard work and never letting go of your dreams is the key to success. [more]

28/02/2016: Ngaa Rauuira Puumanawawhiti
Ngaa Rauuira Puumanawawhiti starred in the documentary film Māori Boy Genius released in 2011. Ngaa graduated with a Diploma from Te Wānanga o Raukawa when he was just 13 years old. In 2009 at just 15 years old he studied for a semester at Yale, an Ivy League University in New Haven, Connecticut. In the film, He described himself as an accelerated learner. Since the film release four years ago, Ngaa is now living in Rotorua with a new job at The New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute in Rotorua. Justine Murray talks to Ngaa and his mum Maakarita about the impact of the movie, and life today. [more]

06/03/2016: Andrew Robb - media advisor to the Māori Party
Since his students days at Victoria University in the 1970's, Andrew Robb made a conscious decision to align himself with Māori issues at the time. Māori Language revitilisation was at the forefront. He would go on to surround himself with mentors that would ease his apprehension of being pākeha and moving in a Māori community. Four decades on, Andrew continues to work with Maori, he sits down with Jerome Civitanovich to discuss those early years of his career, and the important advice he learned along the way. [more]

13/03/2016: Rob McGowan - Rongoā Practitioner
Rob McGowan is a rongoā (traditional Māori medicine) practitioner. He runs workshops and travels the country, passing on his knowledge of rongoā - acquired over many years. He remembers fondly being taught how to cut flax by Whanganui kuia Rua Henare in the 1970s - at the time, he was a 20-year-old Catholic priest. From his home in Tauranga, he shares his story with Jerome Cvitanovich. [more]

13/03/2016: Rob McGowan on Tutu
Rongoa Practioner Rob McGowan talks about the medicinal properties of Tutu. [more]

20/03/2016: Alice Patrick: Passionate about te reo Māori
Alice Patrick is a Pākehā teacher of te reo Māori who is passionate about improving Māori language learning in primary schools. [more]

27/03/2016: Father David Gledhill - Pākehā priest among Māori
The fourth in a Te Ahi Kaa series on Pākehā working and living in te ao Maori. We meet Father David Gledhill SM, a Pakeha priest who has worked among Maori for 50 years. [more]

03/04/2016: Brian Flintoff - Tāonga Pūoro
Jerome Cvitanovich meets Brian Flintoff, a master bone carver who continues his work in the revitilisation of traditional Māori instruments. [more]

09/04/2016: Māori Innovation - Kanikani Kids
Kanikani Kids is a small business run by Otaki couple Leigh and Tahi Rau. They make colourful and individually designed kapahaka uniforms for pre-schools. What started out as a business to make ends meet has become their small enterprise. [more]

17/04/2016: Māori Innovation - Pā Harakeke
Maraeroa C Incorporation runs its tourism venture Pā Harakeke, an eco-cultural centre in the middle of Pureora Forest Park. In 2009 with the supports of its shareholders, the trust planted it's first crop of the beneficial perennial plant Ginseng. Justine Murray finds out about the trust's first commercial harvest and products that are in development with CEO Glen Katu and Ginseng Manager, Daniel Benefield. [more]

24/04/2016: Māori Innovation - Adrienne Whitewood
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24/04/2016: Māori Innovation - Adrienne Whitewood
Adrienne Whitewood grew up in a house where everyone in her whanau was connected to textiles or fashion. Dad was a button sewer, nan was a seamstress and her grandfather was drycleaner. Now in her twenties, Adrienne has set up her self-titled fashion label, she runs a boutique store in Rotorua, and has garnered recognition and awards for her designs. Te Ahi Kaa visits her at her store. [more]

01/05/2016: Whakawhanau pēpi - traditional birthing practices
Maakarita Paku talks about the resurgence of Māori birthing practises and Kristal and Hohua Arapere talk about their recent Lotus birth. [more]

08/05/2016: Horomona Horo - Tāonga Pūoro
Horomona Horo is a musician, composer and practitioner of taonga puoro. His mentors were the late Dr Hirini Melbourne, Dr Richard Nunns and carver of instruments Brian Flintoff. He refers to the three men as his papa's. Today, Horomono is a repository of that information. He talks about taonga puoro with Justine Murray, inside Te Whare Tapere Iti at The University of Waikato. [more]

15/05/2016: Kapa haka: behind the scenes
There are many facets to kapa haka. It's a platform where traditional Māori arts can interpret the many issues of the day. Justine Murray goes backstage at the Mataatua Regional Kapa Haka Competition to get a sense of how kapa haka has evolved over time. [more]

22/05/2016: Meeting Erana Hemmingsen
On May 15 Erana Hemmingsen lost her life after a long illness. Late last year Justine Murray visited Erana at her Wainuiomata home where she talked about her love of music, iwi radio and her whakapapa links that go back to Denmark. [more]

29/05/2016: Jingajik Guitar: The Mori Strumming Style
Dr Michael Brown, Curator of Music at Alexander Turnbull Library, talks about his research on the Mori strumming style. [more]

05/06/2016: Arohanui - an insight into hospice
Dr Simon Allan says hospice is much more than a place where people come to die and that nurses are the heart of the Hospice. Justine Murray visits the aptly named Arohanui Hospice in Palmerston North. [more]

12/06/2016: Sir Graham Latimer - A Life in the North
In a 1991 episode of Directions Graham Lattimer (1926 - 2016) talks about his life in the Far North. [more]

19/06/2016: Turning the Tide on Suicide - part one
Former comedian Mike King and hip hop artist King Kapisi talk about their work with young people towards reducing suicide rates. [more]

26/06/2016: Turning the Tide on Suicide - part two
We meet people who have lost whanau to suicide and others who work in their community to promote awareness and empower young people - Haley Grace-Hollis, Colin Taare, Matthew Tukaki and Ngahihi o te ra Bidois. [more]

03/07/2016: Turning the Tide on Suicide - part three
In part three of this series, Ezekiel Raui, Rongomaitawhiri Ah-Ching and Mauriora Tawaroa Takiari are three young people who each balance University Study and their work in suicide prevention. [more]

10/07/2016: Māori Language Week
Ko te reo te mauri o te mana Māori - the language is the very essence of being Māori. To acknowledge Māori Language Week Te Ahi Kaa features an archival recording of Sir James Henare from 1984 and Te Pou Theatre actors talk about staging Purapurawhetu in te reo Maori to mark Matariki and Māori Language Week. [more]

17/07/2016: He Tāonga kōrero - Spectrum in Te Araroa 1989
The long-running documentary series Spectrum comes to an end on July 24 after 44 years on air. It's producers have covered a range of stories that captures the essence of the country. Te Ahi Kaa digs into the Spectrum Vaults and features stories from Alwyn Owen and Jack Perkins. Alwyn (Hop) Owen visited Te Araroa in 1989, a year after Cyclone Bola, he is there to capture impressions of the small East Coast township. He is at local rugby match between Hikurangi and Combined (Te Araroa and Ruatoria), he talks to the tea ladies fundraising for their marae, and meets a couple of pig hunters heading out into the bush under a full moon. [more]

31/07/2016: The Sweetness of the Kumara
In part one of this four part series, Te Ahi Kaa seeks out a variety of interpretations of whakatauki or proverbial sayings, this week Kaore te kumara e korero ana mo tona ake reka, The Kumara doesn't brag about it's own sweetness, is discussed further. [more]

14/08/2016: 'Marry a man with calloused hands'
In part three of this four part series, Te Ahi Kaa seeks out a variety of interpretations of whakatauki or proverbial sayings. This week, Moea he tangata ringa raupa (Marry a man with calloused hands) is explored. [more]

21/08/2016: Koroneihana 2016 - behind the scenes
Wynae Tukere has worked in the dining hall at Turangawaewae Marae since she was ten years old. Today she is second in charge and oversees the food prepared and served to several thousand people over the week-long 10th Coronation of King Tūheitia. Te Ahi Kaa takes a look behind the scenes. [more]

28/08/2016: From the marae to the world
Te Ahi Kaa analyses the proverb Tangata ako ana i te whare, turanga ki te marae e tau ana' (A person who is taught well in the home will stand collected on the marae). [more]

04/09/2016: The Surrey-born school principal fluent in Te Reo
Jerome Cvitanovich resumes his series about pākeha who work with the Māori language, education and customs. Mark Bradley came to New Zealand to play rugby and became 'obsessed' with te reo Māori. Today he is the principal of a Wellington-based Māori language school, Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Nga Mokopuna. [more]

11/09/2016: Actor's love affair with the language
Jerome Cvitanovich returns with this series about pakeha whose work is largely associated with the maori language, education and customs. This week he talks to veteran actor Jennifer Ward-Lealand who embarked on a journey of learning the language ten years ago. [more]

18/09/2016: Pākehā passionate about te reo Māori
Melanie Nelson and Alex Hotere-Barnes have had different pathways in learning te reo Māori, for Melanie it began in high school at Motueka and for Alex it began when his father enrolled him and his twin brother into Kohanga Reo. As adults both have remained committed to their own personal development of language fluency and any kaupapa associated with te reo Māori. Melanie and Alex have met some challenges and discouragement along the way, they share their story with Jerome Cvitanovich. [more]

25/09/2016: Writer Patricia Grace honoured
Author Patricia Grace was honoured for her work at the recent Te Waka Toi Awards in Rotorua. Justine Murray sat down for a chat with Patricia in Rotorua, where she talked about her mission to complete her late husband's memoirs and complete a short story anthology. [more]

02/10/2016: Two kuia with a passion for teaching te reo
For over four decades kuia Elizabeth Mana Hunkin (Ngati Kahungunu) and Hokimoana Te Rika-Hekerangi (Tuhoe) have been teaching te reo Māori with –  Te Ataarangi - a learner-friendly language method which uses Cuisenaire rods (rakau). [more]

09/10/2016: The distinguished men of Māori arts
Justine Murray meets Professor Piri Sciascia and Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr, who received Te Waka Toi Awards for their contribution to the arts this year. [more]

16/10/2016: Te Ahi Kaa for 16 October 2016
Two young emerging maori artists Cori Marsters and Te Kanawa Ngarotata were the recipients of Creative New Zealand scholarship. Cori graduated from Carving School in 2013 and is studying towards a Degree in Maori Arts and Te Kanawa is balancing whanau life and mentorship under the guidance of taa moko artists, carver and sculptor, Rangi Kipa. [more]

16/10/2016: Two young Māori artists to watch
Cori Marsters and Te Kanawa Ngarotata are the recipients of a Creative New Zealand scholarship to assist their work as emerging artists. Cori is studying for his Bachelor in Māori Arts and is researching the history and tikanga of Potae Taua (Traditional Headdress). Te Kanawa is graduate of Toihoukura and has begun an apprenticeship under the guidance of Rangi Kipa. They talk about their work, whanau and people who have been instrumental in their learning. [more]

23/10/2016: Jock McEwen – pākeha kaumatua
"There’s got to be something special about that person that they can find that space amongst our people” - Te Ururoa Flavell on historian, linguist and master carver Jock McEwen, who died in 2010. [more]

30/10/2016: Songs from Dr Hirini Melbourne-Toiapiapi 25 year anniversary
In light of the release of the second edition of Dr Hirini Melbournes songbook Toiapiapi, Te Ahi Kaa talks to his family about his legacy. [more]

06/11/2016: Papakāinga – an insight into Māori housing
Reuben Taipari has lived in a whare uku, a home made of clay and rammed earth for a decade, he says it's an affordable way to live on ancestral land. Ricky Hougton is set to add ten more homes to his affordable housing in the Far North, and Victoria Kingi is working closely with māori in Tauranga to establish Papakainga homes. Te Ahi Kaa this week provides an insight into their work, and highlight of this years National Maori Housing Conference. [more]

13/11/2016: Papakāinga - Hapū dream becomes a reality
A dream will be realised when a Tauranga Moana hapū open their Papakāinga Housing development this year. Justine Murray finds out about the process and the challenges. [more]

20/11/2016: 'I struggle to understand the whole concept of coming out. I just am'
A new book Takataapui - A Place of Standing explores Māori sexual and cultural identity. Justine Murray finds out more. [more]

27/11/2016: Pare O'Brien: 'I live here and I serve here and it's where I'm happiest'
Pare O'Brien works runs mobile clinics in Te Teko, Matata and Edgecumbe. Her service to her community earned her the Te Akenehi Hei Award. Te Ahi Kaa spends the morning with Pare at Te Teko Medical Centre. [more]

04/12/2016: ‘We lose our voice’ by not speaking out
After experiencing his own tragedy, James Rakena Robinson now works in suicide prevention and has founded an online platform for those who need to talk. [more]

11/12/2016: Heremaia Harawira on a mission in his community
Te Ahi Kaa is in Whakatane at Te Tohu o te Ora o Ngati Awa (Ngati Awa Social and Health Services) to find out more about the work they do in their community. [more]

11/12/2016: Te Ahi Kaa for 11 December 2016
Te Ahi Kaa is in Whakatane at Te Tohu o te Ora o Ngati Awa (Ngati Awa Social and Health Services) to find out more about the work they do in their community. [more]

18/12/2016: More marae taking up Pare Kore (Zero Waste)
The zero-waste scheme Para Kore has become a kaupapa for over 135 marae in the North Island. Te Ahi Kaa visits Kirikiriroa Marae in Hamilton to find out how it works. [more]

25/12/2016: Te Ahi Kaa - Highlights of 2016
In the last show for 2016, Justine presents a few highlights from stories covered during the year. [more]

29/01/2017: Clive Fugill, master carver
When he first entered carving school in the mid '60s, Clive Fugill's Māori identity was questioned. Today he is a revered carver with 50 years experience. Clive shares his story with Te Ahi Kaa. [more]

05/02/2017: Ngamoni Huata, queen of poi
Te Matatini judge Ngamoni Huata talks about her childhood harvesting raupo to make poi, her no-nonsense mottos and what she looks for in a performance. [more]

12/02/2017: Joe Harawira, haka judge
Joe Harawira talks about his life in kapahaka and his judging role at Te Matatini. [more]

19/02/2017: Composing waiata and understanding mteatea
The national kapahaka festival Te Matatini begins on 23 February. In the lead-up, Te Ahi Kaa discusses mteatea (chants) with Dr Wayne Ngata and waiata-a-ringa (action songs) with the late Matiu Dickson. [more]

26/02/2017: Kapahaka - the pinnacle of Māori performing arts
Te Ahi Kaa celebrates Te Matatini 2017 with an insight into kapahaka. [more]

05/03/2017: Golden Bay's multicultural marae
Glynn Rogers and Lauralee Duff take Te Ahi Kaa on a tour of Onetahua Marae in the small community of Pohara, Golden Bay. [more]

12/03/2017: Nga Marae o te Motu
Te Ahi Kaa visits marae in Blenheim and Christchurch. [more]

19/03/2017: Ōtakou Marae - history and community
Ōtakou Marae overlooks the Otago Peninsula and sits on a site steeped in history - it was where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed on 13 June, 1840. [more]

26/03/2017: Marae of the South Island
Te Ahi Kaa visits marae in Christchurch and Motueka for the series Ngā Marae o te Motu (Marae of this Country). [more]

02/04/2017: Poukai still going strong after 132 years
The Poukai is a gathering instigated by Kiingi Tawhiao in 1884 to look after the Pouaru, the whanau panui and the rawakore (the widowed, bereaved and the destitute) following the Land Wars in 1863. This year 29 marae will host Poukai. Te Ahi Kaa finds out more about the history with Waikato Kaumatua Tame Pokaia. [more]

09/04/2017: Poukai - hosting with pride at Huria Marae
Te Ahi Kaa goes behind the scenes as whanau at Huria Marae in Tauranga gear up to host their 59th Poukai (annual visit by the Māori King). [more]

16/04/2017: 'Whakapono [religion] is part of our DNA'
Te Ahi Kaa is in Gisborne this week with Donald Tamihere, who took over the role as Bishop of Te Tairawhiti from the late Archbishop Brown Turei. [more]

23/04/2017: Raised Rātana
Te Ahi Kaa explores faith with Mita Ririnui, a former Labour Party MP and registered apostle of the Rātana Church, and Piriwiritua Rurauwhe, who was raised Rātana and is now the church's secretary general. [more]

01/05/2017: 'It was instilled in us as we grew up, our Katorikatanga'
Te Ahi Kaa explores Māori Catholic faith in the small community of Te Puna and at Hui Aranga – a four-day Easter event which attracted thousands to Tauranga this year. [more]

07/05/2017: 'It's something to revive, the tikanga of Pai Mārire'
Kōhanga Reo teacher Jesse Huriwai has a leadership role in Pai Mārire, the Māori Christian faith also known as Hauhau. He shares his story with Te Ahi Kaa. [more]

14/05/2017: Transforming Taneatua
Te Ahi Kaa is in Tuhoe, where Māori business owners are optimistic about the future of the small Eastern Bay of Plenty township. Tame Iti talks about the art gallery that hosts emerging and international artists, his son Toi runs the barbershop and is looking to diversify the business. [more]

21/05/2017: A people build a house, and a house builds a people
Te Kura Whare - The Living Building symbolises the future of the Ngai Tuhoe people, Te Ahi Kaa visits the space with Maia Rurehe. [more]

28/05/2017: The healing waters of Awahou
The children knew about Pekehaua, the taniwha of the Awahou river, many years later they share their stories of growing up at the Pa, living off the land and river, and the genesis of Kapahaka. [more]

04/06/2017: The Spring of Hangarua
Te Ahi Kaa joins Te Rangikaheke Bidois on a visit to the Hamurana and Taniwha Springs to get an insight into the local stories and history. [more]

11/06/2017: Māori healers share their work
Te Ahi Kaa visits a spiritual healing expo in Whakatane to learn about the healing power of mirimiri (massage), spiritual guidance and natural tonics. [more]

18/06/2017: Romiromi: the art of holistic massage
Moana Skipworth-Lousi gathered her fellow Māori healing practitioners to a Hamilton marae recently to discuss the tikanga of romiromi. Te Ahi Kaa was there. [more]

25/06/2017: Māori astronomer Rangi Matamua on Matariki
The rising of the Matariki star constellation (aka Pleiades) announces Te Tau Hou, the Māori New Year. Dr Rangi Matamua, a leading expert in Māori astronomy, talks about its meaning. [more]

02/07/2017: Matariki – a community celebration
Te Ahi Kaa goes behind the scenes with kapa haka performers at Te Papa and tours an art exhibition in Porirua. You can also hear part two of astronomer Dr Rangi Matamua's presentation on the meaning of Matariki. [more]

09/07/2017: Paraone Gloyne – 'activator' of Te Reo Māori
Māori language advocate Paraone Gloyne started the Mahuru Māori movement in which participants speak only in te reo during September (Mahuru). Te Ahi Kaa meets him in Te Awamutu. [more]

16/07/2017: Creators of Māori language-speaking dolls up for innovation award
Te Ahi Kaa meets the entrepreneurial couple behind the super-successful Pipi Mā dolls. Kristin Ross and Hohepa Tuahine are currently working on a 'mihi' Pipi Mā doll and a cartoon series for Māori Television. [more]

23/07/2017: He Mātanga Toi - Dr Cliff Whiting
Tributes flowed this week for renowned artist and Master carver Dr Cliff Whiting who contributed to all facets of traditional and contemporary Māori Art. From marae restoration to design projects, Dr Whiting championed Māori art in schools and became the inaugural Kaihautu of the National Museum, Te Papa Tongarewa. This week Te Ahi Kaa pays tribute to his genius with archival recordings of Dr Cliff Whiting who discussed art and religion at the Tāonga Māori conference in 1990. [more]

30/07/2017: Tangiwai Ria – a life in kapahaka
Tangiwai Ria and her husband George have won three national titles with their kapahaka group Waihirere. Tangiwai – a finalist at this years Matariki Awards – shares her story with Te Ahi Kaa. [more]

06/08/2017: Howie Morrison Jnr on music, whanau and kapahaka
Howie Morrison Jr has a famous whanau saying – 'Have piupiu, will travel'. For 40 years, kapahaka took around the world and this year he released his first solo album. Te Ahi Kaa visits Howie at his Rotorua home. [more]

07/08/2017: Te Reo Māori: the Te Wero debate
Four Māori candidates from different political parties discuss the health of te reo Māori in Aotearoa New Zealand and set out what their parties will do for the language's well-being.  [more]

13/08/2017: Te Tai Tokerau: the Te Wero debate
In this Te Wero debate, candidates for the Māori seat of Te Tai Tokerau discuss housing, Treaty Settlements and suicide in the lead-up to September's general election. [more]

20/08/2017: Te Tai Hauāuru: the Te Wero debate
Candidates for the Māori seat of Te Tai Hauāuru debate water rights, seabed mining, homelessness, economic policies, welfare and Treaty settlements. [more]

27/08/2017: Te Ikaroa-Rāwhiti: the Te Wero debate
Candidates for the Maori seat of Te Ikaroa-Rawhiti debate welfare, health funding, the Ture Whenua bill, Treaty Settlements and boot camps during the run-up to the General Election. [more]

03/09/2017: Waiariki: the Te Wero debate
Candidates for the Māori seat of Waiariki discuss regional development, water ownership, Treaty Settlements and the support the Māori Party has given to a National government.  [more]

10/09/2017: Te Tai Tonga: the Te Wero debate
Candidates for the Māori seat of Te Tai Tonga debate the response to the earthquakes, who owns the water, the shape of education, and other social issues. [more]

17/09/2017: Hauraki Waikato: the Te Wero debate
Candidates for the Māori seat of Hauraki-Waikato debate Kingitanga, te reo Māori, broadcasting, the Te Ture Whenua bill, water, climate change, poverty, and housing. [more]

21/09/2017: Tāmaki Makaurau: the Te Wero debate 2017
Candidates for the Māori seat of Tāmaki Makaurau debate the issues of this election. The speakers are Peeni Henare, the sitting MP from the Labour Party, Shane Taurima from the Māori Party and Marama Davidson from the Greens. Chaired by Julian Wilcox, the debate was produced by Te Whakaruruhau o Ngā Reo Irirangi Māori, with the support of Te Māngai Paho. [more]

24/09/2017: Mana Tangata: Linda Munn
Artist Linda Munn is well-known as one of the creators of the Tino Rangatiratanga flag, but these days she is pretty content teaching art in Tauranga. Te Ahi Kaa catches up with her for a kōrero at the Toi Oho Mai Institute of Technology. [more]

01/10/2017: Mana Tangata: Kingi Kiriona
Kapa haka tutor and composer Kingi Kiriona believes in the law of attraction – if you put out passion for the Māori language, it will come back to you. [more]

08/10/2017: Mana Tangata: Dr Joe Te Rito
In his 20s, Dr Joe Te Rito took the Māori language petition to parliament as a member of the Te Reo Māori Society. These days, he is still a Māori education leader and Chair of Radio Kahungunu. [more]

15/10/2017: Tuhoe Iwi: Moving on from the Urewera Raids
Te Ahi Kaa visits Taneatua in the Tuhoe Valley to get a sense of how the locals have moved since the Tuhoe Raids a decade ago. [more]

22/10/2017: Mana Tangata: Tawhirimatea Williams
Tawhirimatea Williams has teaching for over 50 years. Today he's the head of a private training institute in Auckland, churning out competent Māori speakers. [more]

03/12/2017: Huia Hamon on music, art and whānau
Huia Hamon is a singer, artist and mother who runs Kog studios with her partner. The couples home is tucked away in Waitakere and on most days is a hive of music and creativity. Te Ahi Kaa pays a visit. [more]

10/12/2017: Dennis Marsh: 'It's about people and passion'
Dennis Marsh is New Zealand's best selling country music artist. He's travelled the world for 30 years sharing his music and stories and this year released his 29th album. Te Ahi Kaa visits Dennis at his home in Pukekohe. [more]

17/12/2017: Hirra Morgan: a house full of music
Some say Collision's ‘You Can Dance’ is the best track on the new '70s funk and disco compilation album Heed the Call.  Hirra Morgan – a former member of the Tokoroa funk band – talks with Justine Murray about his life in music. [more]

28/01/2018: Ngāti Hine: a whānau approach to promote change
Te Ahi Kaa visits Northland's largest Māori organisation for an insight into how its workers are tackling social and health problems in the region. [more]

04/02/2018: He Korowai Trust's mission to make a difference
He Korowai Trust in Kaitaia established Whare Ora, a rent-to-own housing scheme that has benefited a dozen families, and this year will launch a Māori Trade Training Academy. Te Ahi Kaa has a kōrero with the trust's CEO, Ricky Houghton. [more]

11/02/2018: Kai Ora Honey - people over profit
Blanche Morrogh is CEO of Kai Ora Honey a whānau-run business in the Far North. Te Ahi Kaa is in Awanui to get an insight into the business and the lessons learned from Blanche's late grandmother Saana Murray. [more]

18/02/2018: 'Kapahaka brings out the best in us'
The small township of Te Teko was the host of the Mataatua Kapahaka Regional Competition, from which the top groups go on to compete at Te Mataini 2019 in Wellington. Te Ahi Kaa asked performers what the art form means to them and how kapahaka will evolve. Educator Turi Ngatai, who is part of the senior group Ngai te Rangi pakeke, says kapahaka is about reconnecting on an iwi, hapū and whanau level. [more]

04/03/2018: Reconnecting the disconnected: Tackling homelessness in Tauranga
Delwyn Rowan has lived in Tauranga for fifty years, she's a social worker and says homelessness in the area is only going to get worse. As part of her job she feeds up to 40 homeless people every week and tries to get to those hard-to-reach people that sleep under bridges and bushes on the fringe of the city. It's a job that at times places her in harms way but she's determined to help those with mental health problems, she shares her story. [more]

11/03/2018: Harawira Pearless on finding battle sites
As the first national commemoration of the 19th century New Zealand Wars takes place in Te Tai Tokerau, Te Ahi Kaa features highlights of a discussion with historian Harawira Pearless on his wayfinding project to  locate key battle sites in Crete. [more]

18/03/2018: Dr Joanna Kidman on youth activism
A school visit to Orakau battle site was the catalyst for a petition to commemmorate the history of the New Zealand Land Wars. Sociologist Dr Joanna Kidman shares her research into how the petition was met with protest and how a national day was finally realised. [more]

25/03/2018: Dr Haare Williams on the life of Te Kooti
Dr Haare Williams looks at why the 19th-century Māori prophet Te Kooti (founder of the Ringatu Faith) was both revered and reviled. [more]

01/04/2018: Taa Moko Sessions: Anikaaro Harawira
Northland disability advocate Ana Mackie receives a moko kauae (traditional facial tattoo) from Anikaaro Harawira in a new series about wahine taa moko artists. [more]

08/04/2018: Taa Moko Sessions: Julie Paama-Pengelly
Taa Moko artist Julie Paama Pengelly talks about  the challenges she's faced in a male-dominated industry and why she doesn't believe in Kirituhi - the practice of non-traditional taa moko. [more]

15/04/2018: Taa Moko Sessions: Pip Hartley
Free-spirited tattoo artist Pip Hartley tells Justine Murray how her lifelong passion for the arts led to a career in traditional Māori tattooing. [more]

22/04/2018: From the beat to streetwear
When Ra Mead was a police officer, her colleagues used to wonder why she stayed in the force when her 'side hustle' selling secondhand clothes online was more profitable. Today she runs a vintage clothing store in Hamilton. [more]

29/04/2018: Modern skincare with traditional Māori remedies
Lee Tane and his wife Trina create a range of native plant-based skincare products which harness the power of rongoā (traditional Māori medicine). Te Ahi Kaa visits their whānau kitchen, aka the NOA Essentials workshop. [more]

06/05/2018: Nichola Te Kiri: a career in contemporary Māori design
Nichola Te Kiri incorporates Māori symbols and stories into the designs of capes, jewellery and lamps for her brand Nichola. She tells Justine Murray about leaving her day job to pursue her design dream full-time. [more]

13/05/2018: Te Reo card game offers fresh approach to learning names and pronunciation
A new card game designed to help people learn and pronounce te reo place names lands in New Zealand schools and workplaces in the coming weeks.Creator Tommy Kapai Wilson hopes it will help normalise Māori language in homes, offices and schools. [more]

20/05/2018: Taa Moko Sessions: Stu McDonald
After losing his teenage son to cancer, Tauranga tattoo artist and teacher Stu McDonald is convinced taa moko [traditional Māori tattoo] can play a role in healing emotional pain. [more]

27/05/2018: Takaparawhā (Bastion Point) – 40 years on
Te Ahi Kaa marks the 40th anniversary of the land occupation with a 1978 radio programme hosted by pioneering Māori broadcaster Whai Ngata. [more]

10/06/2018: Taa Moko Sessions: Richard Francis
Richard  Francis is a taa moko artist, graphic artist, teacher, painter and carver who graduated from the Māori visual arts and design school Toihoukura in 1995. [more]

17/06/2018: Taa Moko Sessions: Cy Mcleod
Cy Mcloed is passionate about Kapahaka, health & fitness and moko. Justine Murray sits in on a session at his home at Mount Maunganui where he talks about how the physical demands of being a moko artist led to a lifestyle change. [more]

24/06/2018: Taa Moko Sessions: the new resident moko artists at Te Puia
Moko artists and carvers Arekatera Maihi and Jacob Tautari talk about mixing chisels with tattoo guns and their personal views on giving moko to non-Māori in the final episode of Taa Moko Sessions. [more]