Native Affairs - Renee Kahukura-Iosefa looks back at 2013

By Mihingarangi Forbes, Renee Kahukura-Iosefa

In the first episode of Native Affairs Summer Series 2013, reporter Renee Kahukura-Iosefa joined Mihingarangi Forbes to look back and update our viewers on some of the ground breaking stories she has covered throughout the year.

In this in depth interview, Renee Kahukura-Iosefa talks to Mihingarangi Forbes about her trip to Brazil to cover the harrowing situation confronting the Indigenous Brazilian tribe, the Guarani-Kaiowá.

The people had been isolated from their lands and had declared they would rather be massacred than leave their lands where their ancestors are buried.  She filed two reports on her return that shed light on the plight this Indigenous Tribe faces.

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Renee also updated Mihingarangi Forbes on her investigation into the struggle of three Te Arawa hapu who accused the New Zealand Transport Agency and the Rotorua District Council of institutional racism following the confirmation of a new arterial motorway in Eastern Rotorua, which would plough directly through some of their last land blocks.

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Finally she provided an update on another shocking story in which Mana Whenua in Gisborne had accused the Gisborne District Council of secretively dumping sewage into rivers and oceans. The situation was so secretive even the Mayor, Meng Foon claimed he had no idea it was happening. Mana Whenua were outraged there was no warning sign or any form of public notice.

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Also aired on tonight’s show was the touching story of Awhi and Kahia Paul, sisters who were born with a rare genetic disorder which left one of the sisters, Awhi severely mentally and physically disabled. The disease was so incredibly rare; doctors couldn’t even identify what it was. The Paul family shared their remarkable story with Native Affairs.

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Shortly after the story of Awhi and Kahia Paul went to air, a long term goal the family shared with Native Affairs was fulfilled. Our cameraman was so touched by the Paul family’s dedication to Awhi he set up a fundraising page and your donations began flooding in.

In the meantime the team from Forme Leisure Spas saw her story and decided they wanted to koha a brand new spa pool.

Renee was there when the family received the special gift.

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