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Treaty rights: Whanganui River, Te Awa Tupua, now a legal person

The Parliament on March 15, passed Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River Claims Settlement) Bill through its third reading, which will establish a new legal framework for the Whanganui River, Te Awa Tupua. It recognises the river as an indivisible and living whole from the mountains to the sea. Te Awa Tupua will have its own legal identity with all the corresponding rights, duties and liabilities of a legal person.

New citizens: Waitangi Day Citizenship Ceremony 2017 held at Tuahiwi marae

This year, the Waitangi Day Citizenship Ceremony 2017 was held at the Tuahiwi marae in Waimakariri, in which 50 people - 12 from Waimakariri district and 38 from Christchurch, were granted their New Zealand citizenship.  The new citizens were from the UK, Fiji, India, Philippines, South Africa, Samoa, Poland, Ukraine, Germany, Korea, China, Slovenia, Malaysia, Romania, Nepal and the USA. Elaborating on the significance of this yearly tradition, Duncan Sandeman, Head of Civic and International Relations at the Office of the Chief Executive in Christchurch City Council informed, “On Waitangi Day the Christchurch City Council works with tangata whenua to hold a citizenship on a marae in order to demonstrate the commitment to the principle of the Treaty of Waitangi and to recognise the importance of Waitangi Day.”

The Benefits of Kapa Haka

Every year Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Festival, which started in 1972, focusses attention on the contributions made by the tradition-al Maori warrior dance to social cohesion, health and education outcomes. As the country celebrates Matariki, we also make a case for what the organisers of Te Matatini call "“underrating of the true values that kapa haka brings to the New Zealand society”.