Te Whānau a Apanui Waka Ama club was formed by seasoned paddler and coach Aroha Grant, who wanted her son to be involved in the sport that she loves dearly. This year the club will send two teams to compete in the Midget section, this will be their nationals debut. Nestled at the base of Maraetai Bay, near Te Kaha, the water kids are training every day to do their rohe proud.
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Master carver Clifford Hamilton Whiting ONZ and the ashes of his late wife Heather have been buried together by his home people in Te Kaha. Whiting's wife died in 2011 and his whānau say today was the fulfilment of their mutual wish.
Hundreds of mourners converged on Te Kaha's Te Ehutu marae to pay their final respects to the last Te Whānau ā Apanui 28th Māori Battalion, C Company veteran, William Hei Walker. His whānau say his legacy as a humble, hard working backbone of the community lives on.
Artist Dr Clifford Hamilton Whiting of Te Whānau-a-Apanui (ONZ) has passed away at the age of 81. Thousands are expected to mourn the master carver and leader in the renaissance of Māori art.