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Tītī Raffle Fundraiser for TAUTOKO FM

Tautoko FM and all our other iwi radio stations supported TahuFM through the earthquakes where we had to rebuild. In return, help us to help Tautoko FM rebuild their radio station. ‘Tautoko’ Tautoko FM: Buy a raffle ticket for a bucket of ‘A’ Grade tītī. 100 tickets @ $20 per ticket – 100% of money…

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Biodiversity Ranger Hanna Edmonds of Te Anau relocates a little spotted kiwi on Anchor Island in Fiordland. Both photos by Barry Harcourt,  Department of Conservation

Little spotted kiwi returned to Dusky Sound

Little spotted kiwi/ kiwi pukupuku were recently returned to Dusky Sound in Fiordland for the first time in more than a century. Twenty birds were transferred from Kapiti Island north of Wellington to predator-free Anchor Island/Pukenui in Dusky Sound, to start another population of this endangered kiwi. The kaitiakitanga of kiwi pukupuku on Kapiti Island…

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Tomairangi holding her pet chicken, Fuji, one of the stars of her next film.

Top award for rangatahi film-maker

Tomairangi Harvey’s five-minute film, Te Ao o te Tuturuatu has been nominated for an award at the prestigious Japan Wildlife Film Festival in August. Around 1800 other film-makers from around the world submitted entries for the Japan Wildlife Film Festival and only 48 were selected as finalists. The special nomination comes after Tomairangi, 11, won…

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Ngāi Tahu farm Manager Chris Eruera.

Whenua Kura scholarships now available

In a bid to get more Māori leading the way in best-practice farming, Whenua Kura is now offering full-fee scholarships to help successful applicants through their studies. Open to all Māori, applications close 27 May and the course starts on 8 June. To give you an idea of the earning potential the dairy industry can…

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Tuna entering Te Tai o Mahaanui.

Successful tuna season

According to traditions established by Ngāi Tahu tīpuna, when the pou tuna or the large female enters the drains, it signifies the closing of the tuna season – this occurred at Wairewa this year on the night of 16 April. Wairewa tangata tiaki report that there were two reasonable runs this year during the tuna…

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gecko pix

Gecko conservation success

In March, the first geckos retrieved from the bluffs above Rāpaki after the Christchurch earthquake, were released into their new home at Riccarton Bush. Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke, represented by Yvette Couch-Lewis, formally handed over the kaitiakitanga of the gecko from her rohe in the Port Hills to that of Ngāi Tūāhuriri, represented by…

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Te Matatini Web Series episode 5 part 2

Here we have the final episode of the Te Matatini Web Series, He Ngākau Aroha. In this episode we talk with Mana Whenua (Ngāi Tūāhuriri), the governance group, Te Pātuitanga and the chairman and executive director of Te Matatini who provide feedback on how the festival went. We also talk with haka experts who tell…

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Enjoying the steamy warmth of the Glacier Hot Pools. Photos courtesy of Ngāi Tahu Tourism.

Ngāi Tahu Tourism wins prestigious award

Ngāi Tahu Tourism has won the Auckland International Airport Award for Excellence in Tourism at the HSBC China Business Awards. Organised by the New Zealand China Trade Association, the HSBC China Business Awards are held every two years to recognise businesses that are conducting successful Chinese trade. “Ngāi Tahu Tourism takes great pride in warmly…

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Prince arrives in Christchurch

His Royal Highness Prince Harry landed at the Royal New Zealand Air Force air movements terminal, Christchurch at 10am this morning, on his first whirlwind tour of New Zealand. He was greeted at the Air Force base by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Deputy Kaiwhakahaere, Lisa Tumahai, Ngāi Tahu kaumātua Charles Crofts and Christchurch Mayor,…

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Kia Kūrapa ki Tuahiwi 2015

“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!” Ka tū tēnei wānaka…

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Hui-a-Iwi 2015

Hui-ā-Iwi 2015 will be a celebration of all things Ngāi Tahu and it will be an opportunity for all to share in whakawhanaungatanga and experience the best of Ngāi Tahutanga, so come along and join us for music, kai, wānaka, culture, laughter and fun. All the info and latest updates at: Hui-ā-Iwi 2015

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Implosion of former police building

The team responsible for the implosion of the former police building in Christchurch has advised that the position of the safety fences around the site will mean the public’s ability to view the implosion will be extremely limited. However we also understand the former Christchurch Police Station building holds many memories, is part of Christchurch’s…

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Special legislation for racecourse development welcomed

The partnership seeking to develop land at Riccarton Park Racecourse welcomes government efforts to reduce red tape. In an announcement this morning, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith said the government will introduce special legislation which will pave the way for the Joint Venture between the Trustees that govern Riccarton Park Racecourse and Ngāi…

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