Each year, more than 3000 New Zealanders are diagnosed with breast cancer. It is New Zealand's third most common cancer and accounts for 600 deaths every year. Moana Te Orewa Papa has been diagnosed with terminal secondary breast cancer. Now she fights every day in the hope of educating and motivating Māori women to have check-ups.
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100 years is a milestone rarely reached by Māori. However, this weekend, Albert George Asher of Ngāti Pūkenga and Ngāti Pikiao celebrated his 100th birthday in Auckland. Because of his respect and his life achievements over the past 100 years, many of his descendants were present to celebrate this milestone.
A stalwart of veteran Maori Club, Ngāti Poneke, reaches a century in age.
Very seldom does one surpass the age of 100, but in Kahungunu country, a matriarch of the Ngāti Kurukuru sub-tribe has done it three times.