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Understanding the Te Waihora lake opening process

Have you ever wondered how the decision is made to open the lake to the sea? Leigh Griffiths, Environment Canterbury Senior Engineering Advisor, has provided some information about how the decisions are made and who is involved. Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and Environment Canterbury jointly hold the resource consents to open and/or close Te…

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A vibrant presence

Renowned artist Cliff Whiting had a huge influence on Ngāi Tahu, says Tā Tipene O’Regan, who tells the story of how Cliff came to work for the tribe.

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Enduring values

Taiaha wānanga have been run at Awhitu Estate, on the edge of Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere for the past 25 years. The wānanga are open to boys and men who want to learn the ancient art of mau rākau, not for combat, but to carry traditional knowledge forward into the changing world. The three-day workshops have…

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At sea/welcoming Haunui

“Having some of our whānau from down here on board is a very significant thing. As years go by I think people will come to understand that. I don’t think that it has kicked into the mindsets and the thinking of many people that the arrival of a canoe like this is actually a huge event – something that hasn’t been done for hundreds and hundreds of years.

“I’m not too sure yet if the significance of that effort – in trying to emulate what our ancestors did – is fully realised yet.”

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The struggle for Takahanga

Today Takahanga Marae stands proudly overlooking the ocean on an historic pā that has been occupied for generations. Kaituhi Tony Bridge reports on how the long-standing vision for the marae was finally realised. Hariata Manawatu, of Kāti Kurī, vividly remembers those early fundraising days for Takahanga Marae. “You know, we must have been fundraising since…

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From the CEO

Chief Executive Officer, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Arihia Bennett Whanaungatanga in action Twenty years ago our whānau made a deliberate move from the city to create an intergenerational home in Tuahiwi. We have seen three generations and now a fourth spending time together in the family home. As well as sharing all the living…

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Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu road shows 2014

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu are back on the road again, to meet and engage with whānau. This is an opportunity to discuss, share and receive feedback on the direction of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. We also want to hear the aspirations and goals of whānau. The Ngāi Tahu Road Show team will include…

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From the editor

Sometimes connections are obvious, at other times they unfold unexpectedly. In this issue, Tā Tipene O’Regan talks about his relationship with Dr Cliff Whiting who was recently honoured at the Arts Foundation Icon Awards. The awards recognise New Zealand artists who have made a significant contribution to the country and their art form. There are only 20 Icons at any time.

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Whenua – Takapō

Takapō was a traditional mahika kai site used by Ngāi Tahu hapū on their seasonal mahika kai expeditions to Te Manahuna (McKenzie Basin). Photograph: Tony Bridge Click the image to view.

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Events

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Road Shows 2014 – TARANAKI

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu are back on the road again, to meet and engage with whānau. This is an opportunity to discuss, share and receive feedback on the direction of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. We also want to hear the aspirations and goals of whānau. The Ngāi Tahu Road Show team will include…

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Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Road Shows 2014 – WELLINGTON

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu are back on the road again, to meet and engage with whānau. This is an opportunity to discuss, share and receive feedback on the direction of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. We also want to hear the aspirations and goals of whānau. The Ngāi Tahu Road Show team will include…

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Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Road Shows 2014 – CHRISTCHURCH

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu are back on the road again, to meet and engage with whānau. This is an opportunity to discuss, share and receive feedback on the direction of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. We also want to hear the aspirations and goals of whānau. The Ngāi Tahu Road Show team will include…

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Media

Matariki planting: turning the red zone green

Singer Tiki Taane will be among the celebrity guests joining community volunteers to take the first steps in greening the red zone in Christchurch this Saturday – 28th June 2014. Four hundred native plants donated by the Department of Conservation, a school community garden and a grove of fruit trees will be planted out in…

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Te Matatini 2015 – Teams await Kapa Haka Draw

ANNOUNCEMENT FROM TE MATATINI KAPA HAKA AOTEAROA The much-anticipated draw for next year’s team performances at the National Kapa Haka Festival will take place at Rehua Marae in Christchurch on Wednesday 11 June at 7.30pm. The draw determines the order of performances for the 45 teams that will compete for the title of best performing…

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