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150 years of injustice redressed

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150 years of injustice redressed

A landmark Treaty of Waitangi bill has removed the final hurdle to Auckland iwi Ngati Whatua fulfilling its ancestors' vision and becoming an economic and social powerhouse, iwi leaders say.

The last step in a long-fought Treaty settlement was completed yesterday as the Ngati Whatua Orakei Claims Settlement Bill was passed into law amid

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Let's talk about religious faiths in Auckland

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Let's talk about religious faiths in Auckland

What’s it like inside our city’s synagogues, temples, cathedrals and mosques? Dionne Christian talks to eight Aucklanders about their place of worship.

DR KERRYN OLSEN, 35

A senior tutor in the English department at the University of Auckland, Olsen and her husband, Greg, travel from their west Auckland home in Laingholm to attend the Sunday

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Four of the best: Culture swaps

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Four of the best: Culture swaps

It's time to enjoy new cultures, right here on our Auckland doorstep.

1. Learning Japanese
The New Zealand Japan Society runs Japanese language courses through the term (classes finish for this year in November, restart February 2013). Check out the tea ceremony club, performances for Taiko dance, the fast-paced Karuta card game or even the best of

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Weekend leisure: The new seekers

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Weekend leisure: The new seekers

Danielle Wright meets a kapa haka group singing to find themselves.

I'm locked outside the Te Unga Waka Marae, serenaded on an Epsom street by Sidharth Pagad, Lian Wong, and Fabian Low, who started a kapa haka group because he had lived a large part of his life in New Zealand and wanted to get to know the culture on a more intimate level.

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Peter Calder: Language on knife edge

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Peter Calder: Language on knife edge
Those at the frontline are fighting hard to preserve te reo.

It's a sobering experience to be in a room where no one is speaking your native language. On Friday, mine was the only white face in the crowd welcomed at the Mangere campus of Te Whare Wananga o Aotearoa.

The high-ceiling reception area resounded with the babble of conversation.

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