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First Nations visitors study Ngāi Tahu language programs

Among the rush of groups visiting Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu at the end of the year was a study group from Blue Quills College led by Doctor Marilyn Shirt, Dean of Indigenous Languages. The group was here to study Maori education and language programs and to meet local iwi in the spirit of cultural exchange and…

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Stanford MBA students

Stanford MBA students visit

Students from the number one-rated MBA school in the US dropped by Te Runanga o Ngāi Tahu the other day for some kai and a korero. The students from Stanford University’s MBA programme were here thanks to a link established by Kaiwhakahaere Tā Mark Solomon.

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Te Matatini – count down to March 2015!

We are talking with the members of Te Pātuitanga – the Te Matatini 2015 governance group, the Waitaha Cultural Council, Te Matatini Society Inc team and executive members and Mana Whenua, Ngāi Tūāhuriri, who will be discussing the kaupapa and responsibilities that come with hosting Te Matatini, 2015 the world’s largest Māori event.

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Karl Russell

Karl Russell – Te Matatini kai coordinator

For generations mahinga kai has been an offering of manaakitanga and Te Matatini 2015 will be no exception. As this whakataukī states: Nā tō rourou, nā taku rourou ka ora ai te iwi – With your food basket and my food basket the people will thrive, food is an integral part of Māori culture. Karl…

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From the editor

Haere rā Harry Evison. It has often been said that although Ngāi Tahu knew for generations that they had been swindled by the Crown, it was historian Harry Evison who was crucial in showing how.

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From the CEO

It is just over two years since I became chief executive of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and as I begin to prepare for Christmas, I am already thinking about 2015 and beyond.

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Whenua – Te Au Nui (Mataura Falls)

Te Au Nui (Mataura Falls) on the Mataura River is traditionally renowned for its abundance of kanakana (lampreys). This important mahinga kai has survived against the odds. In the late 19th century it was drastically altered when the Mataura Paper Mill and the Mataura Freezing Works were established on opposite sides of the river. Fifteen metres…

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Kura Reo Kāi Tahu ki Arowhenua 2015

E kā akona, E kā manukura o te reo, Nau mai, tautī mai ki te Kura Reo Kāi Tahu ki Arowhenua. Haramai ki te ako, ki te whakapakari i tō reo Māori. Me noho Māori mai, me reo Māori mai kia ako tahi ai tātou ko kā uri o Tahu i tō tātou mita, kawa,…

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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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