The second week of Te Paparahi O Te Raki Tribunal Hearings ended on Friday with an assertion from hapu claimant groups that this is only the beginning of the procedure that can bring a full and final Crown settlement with Nga Puhi hapu.
The arrival of the crew of the two sailing waka that navigated the Polynesian Triangle using traditional methods also marked the opening of a school that will teach all aspects of kaupapa waka at Doubtless Bay.
The trail sounds as if it's long enough to be hard work but the 20km cycle from south of Kaikohe to Okaihau is absolutely do-able for most age groups; a thoroughly enjoyable three to four hours through beautiful countryside with a reward at the finish.
It's a big week for the district with genetic engineering on the agenda at the Far North District Council's May 23 meeting.
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