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‘For your loving kindness is before my eyes: and I have walked in your truth’.– Pslam 26:3

"Haere atu e hoa, haere, heare, haere" – Feb 2011

riri_mokoIt wasn't until 10.30am on Monday February 14, 2011 that Riri Moko's body was found amid river debris about 3km from where he was last seen crossing the river. The tragedy has devastated Riri´s family, close friends and the community of Maketu.

Riri is described as a quite yet encouraging and a remarkable uncle to his family. A busy man yet able to take the time to teach many aspiring hunters the art of bush-craft and caring for hunting dogs and horses. Many of the young hunters association have spent time with him one way or another. With this experience to call upon it is hard to believe he is gone and will be sadly missed.

An estimated 1500 people gathered at Whakaue Marae as the community came to a standstill to say goodbye Thursday February 17, 2011. Friends and family on horseback led Riri Moko to his final resting place, Wharekahu Urupa overlooking the seaside township of Maketu.

‘He mea Poroporoaki’ – Feb 2011

‘Portrait of a Lost Era’ – November 2009

pihopaAs a long time spokesperson for the Te Arawa branch of the Federation of Mäori Authorities (FoMA), Pihopa has raised a number of concerns about the way local authorities have historically managed Lake Rotorua and other water bodies in the district. While millions of dollars have been allocated to the local authorities to clean up the Lakes, Te Arawa FoMA kaumatua, Pihopa Kingi, says the money has been lost.

Over the past decade, an overload of chemical nutrients being pumped into local waters from sewerage, agricultural and forestry sites have continued to cause Lake Rotorua to reach dangerous levels of eutrophication. Current research estimates that 70% of nitrogen and 40% of current phosphate loading is of farm origin.

pihopa2"While the algae bloom as been controlled to some degree, it has not been eliminated. I have always been very disappointed in the way that the establishment has failed in the task of keeping all the lakes, rivers and streams in a reasonable state".

"There is a level of runoff, and our local Mäori authorities are working hard to reduce the runoff from the farms, but it is unfair because most of the historic pollution that has made the lake vulnerable has not come from Mäori".

"Te Arawa FoMA members are currently working towards a win-win solution with Environment Bay of Plenty and have developed a number of innovative approaches for cutting down nutrient loads from farms".

References Author: Mere Takoto Published: November 24, 2009 Posted in: Feature, Issue 4, Issue Four, Koha Articles

‘Warning against gathering shellfish in Bay of Plenty’ – Jan 2011

‘Maketu Rocks’ – Dec 2010