Why Apu? Is a six-part series that explores that very question why is it being consumed? A pātai which is both complex and complicated, intertwining people, culture, social conditions and the relationship to land and the environment. A combination of historical human impact, environmental degradation, cultural alienation, climate change, natural disasters and multiple government interventions. A situation which has left many locals wondering how they will remain on and in their tribal homelands.


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Episode 1 - Raukūmara Pae Maunga

Embark on an awe-inspiring journey into the heart of Raukūmara, a forest teetering on the edge of ecological disaster. In episode one, we delve into the profound spiritual bond shared by Ngāti Porou and Te Whānau-ā-Apanui with their beloved ngahere (forest). Witness their unwavering commitment to rejuvenate this vital ecosystem as the survival of all life downstream hangs in the balance. Don’t miss this powerful exploration of nature, culture, and resilience – the ultimate call to action!

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Episode 2 - Te Awa o Waiapu

Episode 2 focuses on the erosion issue currently facing the Waiapu river. Research shows the awa carries 35 million tonnes of suspended sediment to the sea each year. This is among the highest rates of river sedimentation in the world. Dust storms have become the new norm, that dust… the result of severe erosion over the last 100 years. As cliffs and valleys crumble due to cyclones and heavy rain… the river rises, widens and erodes the banks. Ka apu haere te whenua.

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Episode 3 - Part 1: Ngā Rākau Horo

Episode 3 explores the current forestry situation in Te Tai Rāwhiti post Cyclone Gabrielle. More than a year on from Cyclone Gabrielle, what’s happening? In part 1 of 3, Ūawa local Hera Ngata Gibson is hōhā with the continuous pine that ends up on the beaches. Rain anxiety is real and while coasties are known for their resilience, factoring in the weather has become the norm for whānau like Tokomaru Bay resident Wi Wharehinga. Forestry companies share their current situation post cyclone and the Ministerial Land Use Inquiry. They explain future land management and dealing with erosion prone areas.

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Episode 3 - Part 2: Ngā Rākau Horo

Part 2 of 3 paints a bigger picture of recovery in Te Tairāwhiti amidst the lingering effects of woody debris. The Hon Hekia Parata talks about leading the Ministerial Inquiry into land use prompted by the 10,000 strong petition led by Mana Taiao Tairāwhiti.

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Episode 3 - Part 3: Ngā Rākau Horo

Episode 3 Part 3 focuses on what’s happening with the clean up on the coast. We talk with former logger Chubb Rewi. For generations forestry has been part of the economic and social fabric of the East Coast, so what does the future look like?