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Lake Pukaki has great views of Aoraki Mount Cook.

Using nohoanga

Nohoanga provides all Ngāi Tahu with an opportunity to experience the landscape as their tipuna did, and to rekindle the traditional practices of gathering food and other natural resources. The term ‘nohoanga’ (literally meaning a place to sit) traditionally refers to the seasonal occupation sites which were an integral part of the mobile lifestyle of…

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Mahina with one of her taoka pūoro.

Taoka pūoro wānaka for Te Matatini

Traditional Ngāi Tahu instruments will be showcased during the Te Matatini 2015 pōwhiri in North Hagley Park, Christchurch on 4 March. Tony Smith, (Ngāi Tahu – Ngāti Irakehu), one of the tutors for a planned taoka pūoro wānaka to be held at Ōtākou Marae from 30 January to 1 February, says Te Matatini gives the…

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Nathan Pohio - working to create a memorable Te Matatini venue.

Ngāi Tahu artists prepare Te Matatini venue

A team of Ngāi Tahu artists have rallied together to dress the venue for Te Matatini 2015. Ngāi Tahu artist, Nathan Pohio (Ngāti Wheke, Ngāi Tūāhuriri) coordinates the group and is currently helping to support and facilitate 20 art related projects for dressing the site for Te Matatini. Besides assisting artists he has several projects to…

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Stan Tawa.

Feeding the thousands

Stan Tawa (Ngāti Tuwharetoa, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Awa, Te Arawa) is a man who can handle the heat in the kitchen. As catering coordinator for Te Matatini 2015 in Christchurch, Stan will be in charge of supervising the large hākari – a first for Te Matatini and a massive job for the hosts, Waitaha Cultural…

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A team rom Ngāi Tahu and Environment Canterbury looking for stranded fish in pools on Rakahuri/Ashley River.

Fish rescued from ‘low-flow’ rivers

Ngāi Tahu and Environment Canterbury are working together to rescue and relocate taonga fish species from the drought-stricken Rakahuri/Ashley and Waipara Rivers. Tangata Tiaki (customary fisheries guardian), Te Marino Lenihan (Ngāi Tahu – Ngāi Tūāhuriri), says this is an excellent example of collaboration between a government organisation and local hapū – one that takes the…

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Victoria Boult.

Aiming for the stars

Aspiring theatre actress, Victoria Boult, will travel to London in July to work at the world-renowned Globe Theatre Company. Victoria,17, (Awarua, Hokonui, Ōtākou, Taumutu and Waihōpai) will  spend the majority of her time in London rehearsing and learning Shakespearean plays at The Globe. “It’s cool to be able to get our name out there and…

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Rangimarie Parata Takurua

Te Matatini 2015 – A chance to give back

It was a dream come true for Rangimarie Parata Takurua, when she heard Waitaha had been announced as the hosts for Te Matatini 2015. “I was crying – I felt like I had won Te Matatini,” she says. The theme of Te Matatini 2015 will be He Ngākau Aroha – A Loving Heart. Rangimarie says…

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Te Matatini web series.

As part of the build up to Te Matatini 2015, the office is producing a five-episode web series, which you will be able to watch on www.ngaitahu.iwi.nz. The series is designed to document the journey to Te Matatini 2015 and celebrate Ngāi Tahu kapa haka. Episode one: What is Te Matatini? We will be talking…

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The new Maori language app.

New Māori language app

A University of Otago research project, which looks at how Dunedin families pass on Māori to their children has led to the development of an innovative Māori Language App, called Aki. Aki (which means to encourage) is a free Māori language vocabulary and phrase-learning app for iphones and ipads, that involves participants in an interactive…

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Kia Kūrapa ki Awarua

“Keen to get started with te reo? Or maybe brush up on those basic skills you’ve already learned? Kia Kūrapa is a safe, supportive learning environment for all learners whether you are an absolute beginner or have already got some te reo under your belt, this is the wānaka for you!” Āhea: 30th January –…

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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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Sponsorship boost for Aoraki Bound

The opportunity for young Māori to develop leadership skills and personal and cultural growth on the Aoraki Bound programme has received a boost thanks to a renewed partnership between Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, the Bank of New Zealand and Genesis Energy. BNZ and Genesis Energy confirmed their support for Aoraki Bound at a signing…

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