Hawke's Bay Today and Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated (NKII) have joined forces to produce a new monthly publication called Tihei Kahungunu.

Tihei Kahungunu will be a monthly insert in Hawke's Bay Today and aims to give Ng?ti Kahungunu and M?oridom in the region a voice.

Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated chairman Ngahiwi Tomoana said that with 25 per cent of the Maori population identifying with Ngati Kahungunu, there was a great demand for such a publication.

Mr Tomoana said the publication would give a ground view of the world from people that were important in the M?ori community but probably invisible in the wider community.

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"Readers can expect comments from a Maori political viewpoint and community perspectives."

Mr Tomoana said there was some "exciting stuff" happening in the Maori world.
Journalist Aroha Treacher will co-edit Tihei Kahungunu with Hawke's Bay Today editor Andrew Austin.

She said there was nothing in Hawke's Bay offering a Maori voice.

"I want our people to be entertained, I want our people to cry with us and laugh with us," she said.

"I want Tihei Kahungunu to be a fresh Maori view not a regurgitation of past news."

Hawke's Bay Today general manager Russell Broughton said he was very pleased with the venture.

"This is something we have wanted to do for a while and it has finally come together."

Mr Austin said: "We are very excited about the project and are thrilled with the speed that Ngahiwi agreed to it.

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We believe it is our role as the newspaper of the region to reflect all views and this is a way to give Kahungunu a voice."

Mr Austin said that Mr Tomoana had contributed to the paper in the past and his input was highly valued.

The publication will come out monthly, starting on Monday, June 8