Myra Berghan recently celebrated her 90th birthday at Mahimaru Marae in Awanui in Northland, surrounded by her whānau and close friends. She is a stalwart, along with many others, who helped establish the Kohanga Reo movement in Te Hiku o Te Ika during the early 1980s, starting at her marae of Mahimaru.
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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.
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.
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.