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MEDIA RELEASE: This week on Marae, 15 SEP 2007

Each year many Kiwis travel across the ditch. In May Statistics NZ reported 2,200 Kiwis migrated to Australia and that number has increased by 30% last year. Since the 1800s small numbers of Mäori have gone to live in Australia. But lately there's been a big surge in Mäori migration across the Tasman. They visit home from time to time for important occasions like weddings and tangi. So when Mäori come home for good you have to wonder why? Stephanie Pohe found one such whänau. The Ruka's adjusting to a new life,back in Kaitaia.

Tirohia Kimihia
Tonight the Pikihuia Awards for Mäori Writers will be held in Wellington. It's an occasion to recognise, and celebrate the contribution that Mäori are making to all forms of literature in New Zealand.

Last year a small but very important work was published for Mäori speaking children and learners of Mäori. Tirohia Kimihia, the first monolingual dictionary in the Mäori language became a finalist in the 2007 Montana Book Awards.

What's - more it was judged, not in the Mäori language section as might be expected, but in the reference and anthology category. Stephanie Pohe finds out more about the little dictionary that's achieving big things.

Tikanga vs Law
Can lessons be learnt from the recent controversy around the late James Takamore?

He was buried last month in the bay of plenty - after his body was taken there by whanau - against the wishes of his pakeha partner and their two children in Christchurch.

Professor Ranginui Walker says Mäori should be making clear in a will where they want to be buried or cremated.

Joining Shane Taurima in studio to discuss this issue is Rovina Maniapoto Anderson - a teacher of Mäori tikanga from Ngäti Maniapoto and John Tamihere.

This week on Marae a waiata from Te Whakatohea group Öpötiki-mai-tawhiti. It's a tribute to the late Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikahu. The lyrics are by Timoti Karetu and the music is composed by Fred Williams. It was performed at the Koroneihana o Kingi Tuheitia and is called "E Tö E Te Rä".