Te Whakatōhea Mussels launched their newest vessel, named Kukutai, into the Waitemata Harbor today. It's the second vessel in their new fleet that will see employment opportunities and boost the local economy of Opōtiki.
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Performers at the next Te Matatini kapa haka festival to be held in Ngāti Kahungunu in 2017 will be under observation thanks to a new University of Waikato course which will help judges assess the quality of te reo Māori being used in performances.
It was 150 years ago today that missionary Carl Volkner was killed. Te Whakatōhea chief Mokomoko was wrongfully charged with his murder and hung for it. The government responded by confiscating hectares of Te Whakatōhea land. Those injustices still resonate and are threaded through the songs Ōpōtiki Mai Tawhiti will perform this week at Te Matatini.