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Te Matatini 2015 Pōwhiri

After nearly two years of planning, Te Matatini 2015 is underway in North Hagley Park, Christchurch. Around 5, 000 people were present for the Wednesday pōwhiri, which signalled the beginning of the 4-day kapa haka festival. Manuhiri (guests), were led into the park by the Ratana band, before pounamu was presented to representatives from the…

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1986 Polynesian Festival

In this episode we recollect the 1986 Polynesian Festival. We talk with the some of the members of the 1986 Polynesian Festival Organising Committee about their roles and responsibilities in the planning and during the festival. We also talk to some of the 1986 performers from Waitaha and discuss their practices and performance. We acknowledge…

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Te Matatini mahau arrives

Four containers holding the Te Matatini mahau arrived in Hagley Park this morning. The mahau (front porch) will be erected to frame the main stage for Te Matatini 2015, which will feature 45 kapa haka teams from throughout New Zealand, competing in a 4-day festival from March 4-8. The arrival of the containers signals the…

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Coming home

Tamar McLeod Sinclair may have left New Zealand on a one-way ticket back in 2005 to pursue her singing career but she still feels closely connected to her Ngāi Tahu whakapapa. Currently back in New Zealand for a whirlwind tour that includes one-off concerts in Auckland and Wellington, Tamar draws on her roots to deliver…

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Recording rock art

Since the South Island Māori Rock Art Project began surveying and recording in 1990, over 600 Māori rock art sites have been mapped and photographed; of those, 300 were new and had not been recorded previously. Te Ana Ngāi Tahu Rock Art Trust curator, Amanda Symon says the survey team has been steadily finding many…

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Guardians of the future

The Te Ana Ngāi Tahu Rock Art Centre is placing a stronger focus on the education sector in the hope of raising the profile of ancient rock art and encouraging a new generation of rock art guardians. In 2014, 3,420 school children from 33 schools took part in Te Ana activities and Te Ana Ngāi…

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Celebrating Waitangi Day in the south

Around 460 people braved unpredictable weather conditions to attend the Ngāi Tahu Treaty Festival, celebrating the 175th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, at Te Rau Aroha Marae in Bluff on 6 February. Visitors were welcomed onto the marae with a pōwhiri, with pupils from Te Wharekura O Arowhenua, Invercargill performing waiata…

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The Waitaha groups

EPISODE TWO – THE WAITAHA GROUPS In this episode we talk with the three qualifying Waitaha groups, Ngā Manu a Tāne, Te Ahikōmau a Hamoterangi and Te Pao a Tahu, who will represent the region at Te Matatini 2015. Each group will share the origins and the kaupapa matua of their groups and the vibe…

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Whānau Easter Party

Come along and join the KMK Easter celebrations. This is an opportunity to meet other whānau interested in te reo, learn new kupu and kīwaha and look at a language plan for the year. Nau mai, haere mai. This event is for all language levels beginners-advanced. Pre-registration is essential – limited spaces. Click here for…

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Whānau Haereka ki Ōtepoti

Leap in to the year and te reo with the KMK whānau. Come along and join us at Leap Indoor Trampoline Park. We will have exclusive use of the facility including fun, whānau friendly (bouncy) activities. This is an opportunity to meet other whānau interested in te reo, learn new kupu and kīwaha and leap…

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Ngāi Tahu Tourism prepares for the next generation visitor

One of New Zealand’s leading online marketing professionals, Martyn Whitley, has joined Ngāi Tahu Tourism to lead the company’s digital strategy across its many iconic experiences, including Franz Josef Glacier Guides, Dart River and Shotover Jet in the South Island and Rainbow Springs and Agrodome in the North Island. Chief Executive for Ngāi Tahu Tourism,…

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Whenua Kura announces new Māori Farming Diploma

Ngāi Tahu-led agricultural initiative Whenua Kura has announced the introduction of Lincoln University’s signature Diploma in Agriculture, to the Whenua Kura suite of programmes. Starting in March, 2015, the Level 5 qualification is a one-year programme offering an introduction to agriculture, and the associated skills necessary for a successful farming career. Areas of focus include:…

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