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Rāhina 31 Hakihea 2012

Published: 6:06PM Monday December 31, 2012

  • Year 2012 in review
    Year 2012 in review

Te Karere’s Year 2012 in Review

It’s New Year’s Eve and it’s a time of celebration and a time to reflect on the year that’s been. We take a look at some of stories that made 2012 a year to remember. From the on-going struggles of Christchurch residents, the education blunders and the trial of the Urewera Four, to the London Olympics, Treaty settlements and long canoe voyages.

New Year honours see the rise of Sir Mark Solomon

Mark Solomon, the chair of the Ngāi Tahu Iwi Authority has received a knighthood. He was in Kaikoura when we spoke to him about being recognised for his contribution to Māori and business, a tribute that he believes highlights the achievements of his people.

Keri Kaa made CNZM for services to Māori and arts

Eleven years ago Keri Kaa was awarded a Queen’s Service Medal for her community service. Today she was made a Companion of the NZ Order of Merit for her services to Māori and the arts, a duty and a talent that her family is well known for.

Dr Turoa Royal’s services in education recognised

As a youth, Turoa Royal thought he'd end up being a farmer. His family had other ideas. Today at age 77 he celebrates a long and distinguished career in education, an achievement he's been recognised for by being appointed a Companion of the NZ Order of Merit.

Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith made CNZM

Her parents have had a long career in education, so it's not surprising Linda Smith ended up in the same field. She's the daughter of Sir Hirini and Lady June Mead and today she joined her parents on the elite list of New Year’s honours, for her services to Māori and education.

Olympic gold medallist Lisa Carrington made MNZM

Lisa Carrington was the only Māori sportsperson on the New Year's Honours List. The Kayaking Olympic gold medallist was appointed a Member of the NZ Order of Merit. Our reporter Rapaera Tawhai spoke to her at home in Ohope.

Summer Roady: L40 opens New Year celebrations at Exodus

Our reporter Irena Smith is on the road to find out what people are doing around the country. Her first stop is Tauranga in the Bay of Plenty is where she met a talented bunch of Māori musicians who're the opening act at one of the biggest New Year's events in the country.

Australian haka team prepares for Te Matatini debut

It's the first time for Ngā Manu Waiata to compete at Te Matatini 2013. They hail from Melbourne but don't be confused. They're not Te Rōpū Kapahaka o Poipiripi. Raiha Johns got the scoop on their bracket at their fundraising event in South Yarra.