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Retaining Tūhoe unique culture

By Mere McLean

Kapa haka took center stage at the Tūhoe Festival in Rotorua today.

Over the years it’s become a way of retaining Tūhoe unique culture for its youth which has been encouraged by compulsory items such as ‘Karanga, te whakatū waewae, wero, rau rākau and mōteatea.

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Teenage son's heartfelt solo for his late father

By Taroi Black

A haka stalwart has been remembered onstage at the biggest Polynesian festival in the world.  Damon Heke passed away last year after a long battle with cancer, and his son Rehia Henare-Heke continued his legacy on the Māori stage with a performance that moved the crowds.