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"E kore e ngaro he titamure no Rarotonga."
The cabbage tree is never carried away in a gale.

This week's whakatauki is explained by Dr Nick Roskruge (nō Te Ati Awa).

How many kids remember something when they were five years old and can then recall it in detail 80 or so years later? Well, in 1961 JS Thompson did, but then it was in the process of recalling something pretty significant - the 1886 eruption of Mt Tarawera which destroyed what was considered to be the eighth wonder of the world, the Pink and White Terraces. Other archival recordings also commemorate the 125th anniversary of the event, telling how the night displaced the Tuhourangi iwi from their ancestral territory.

On the evening that named the winners of the Sheep and Beef category of the premier Māori farming competition, chairperson of the Ahuwhenua Māori farming Trophy Committee Kingi Smiler (Ngāti Pōrou) talks with Maraea Rakuraku about the role of Māori in agriculture and horticulture.

See a gallery of photos from the Ahuwhenua Trophy powhiri in Rotorua in June 2011.

Ahuwhenua Trophy powhiri Rotorua June Selwyn Parata Nolan Raihania Sir Apirana Mahuika Sir Tamati Reedy
Selwyn Parata Nolan Raihania Sir Apirana Mahuika Sir Tamati Reedy at the Ahuwhenua Trophy powhiri in Rotorua. Photos courtesy of Ahuwhenua Māori farming committee.

At a hui supporting the move to increase the number of Māori wardens in Wellington, Justine talks to national manager of the Māori warden project for NZ Police, Rob Rutene about the role of this group in the city.

Ngāti Maniapoto musician Tiki Taane talks about his latest album Into the World of Light and his views on freedom of artistic expression with Justine Murray.

Nga mihi ki a koutou o te ao Māori i riro mai enei o nga honore o te kuini o Ingarangi.

Congratulations to those who work within the Māori world who were honoured on the Queens honours list - see the full list.

Waiata featured:

Into the World of Light, Bloodstone, Summertime, and My Lion performed by Tiki Taane from the album Into the World of Light (2011)