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Ratana: church, state and whanau

Every year pilgrims flock to a small settlement just outside Whanganui. They gather to celebrate the birthday of Tahupotiki Wiremu Ratana, the founder of a movement that changed the religious and political landscape of New Zealand.

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High on tussock

John Reynolds, artist, recalls the time he was in a pub in the gold-mining town of Macrae’s Flat, Central Otago, and how he was telling the locals that he was planning to create a public sculp­ture, and that the sculpture would be made of tussock, and the locals looked at the Aucklander and laughed, “F**ing tussock!?”

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