Tihei Kahungunu to give Māori voice to local newspaper

By Piripi Taylor
  • North Island: East Coast

In a joint initiative between Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated (NKII) and Hawke's Bay Today, a Māori voice will now accompany local and regional news in the Hawke's Bay region, covering Napier, Hastings, Dannevirke and Havelock North.

Tihei Kahungunu is a new Māori publication that will be inserted once a month starting in June.

Kahungunu Chairman Ngāhiwi Tomoana is excited about the prospect of the tribe and the wider Māori community having a voice, as well as providing the wider community a deeper insight into issue important to their Māori community.

Te Matau-ā-māui-based Te Kāea reporter Aroha Treacher and Hawke's Bay Today editor, Andrew Austin, will co-edit the 8-page bilingual publication, with the first edition coming out on June 8.

Iwi representatives Adele Whyte, CEO of Kahungunu, Hamahona Ambler and Jeremy Tātere MacLeod will contribute articles for the paper.  

Māori political viewpoints and community perspectives will feature alongside articles to promote the Māori language.