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Historic visit to Te Waipounamu for Haunui waka

   When Haunui sails down the east coast of Te Waipounamu this month, it will be  the first time in hundreds of years that an ocean-going waka hourua has been in  these waters, apart from a two-day wānanga in 2010. After completing a 25,000 nautical mile voyage as part of the seven-strong fleet  for Te…

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Pounamu mana

“It gives the mana back to the stone — that’s what we’re aiming for,” says Ngāti Waewae rūnanga chairman and general manager of the newly-formed Waewae Pounamu, Francois Tumahai. He is talking about Poutini Ngāi Tahu and West Coast miners signing up to a ground-breaking agreement to return pounamu to Ngāi Tahu and deter the illegal black market trade in New Zealand greenstone. Kaituhi Rob Tipa reports.

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Keri Hulme’s tidal tracks

I love walking tidelines. My footprints are evanescent — there at low tide, gone the next tide. Such is the life of footprints. Mostly. I learned as a child that there were fossilised footprints in Aotearoa New Zealand — birds (especially moa) and crustaceans mainly. Because I love my feet (broad and sturdy Polynesian, with…

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Whānau gear up for Waitaha Senior Kapa Haka competitions

The best kapa haka performers in Te Waipounamu will compete this Saturday at the Waitaha Senior Kapa Haka Competition, at the Lincoln Events Centre. Ten groups will compete this year including eight from Canterbury, Te Iti o Tahuna from Queenstown,  and Ngā Tumu ki Ōtākou from Dunedin. Waitaha Cultural Council chairperson, Ranui Ngarimu says, “We…

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Canterbury DHB & Council land swap receives stamp of approval

The Canterbury District Health Board has acknowledged the cooperation of Ngāi Tahu, who played a critical role in enabling an important land swap. The land swap will allow space for a state-of-the-art acute services wing to be built behind Christchurch Women’s Hospital. For more information about the land swap visit the CDHB      

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Kura Reo ki Te Waipounamu

A once a year learning opportunity at our back door… E ora ai te reo me kōrero! Kotahi Mano Kāika have funding available to support registered Ngāi Tahu members with travel and registration. Please contact Brett Lee for further information. He rūmaki reo Māori tēnei o ngā wānanga, ā, ko te whāinga ia kia whai…

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New chief executive for Ngāi Tahu Tourism

The chair of Ngāi Tahu Tourism, Ross Keenan, announced today the appointment of Quinton Hall as incoming chief executive. “We are delighted to have secured Quinton for this pivotal role. He brings with him extensive operational experience from the tourism sector and the wider business community, including project management, human resources, asset management, property and…

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Iwi working together for benefit of all Te Waipounamu families

Better support and opportunities for all Te Waipounamu (South Island) families is the goal of the region’s new Whānau Ora commissioning agency, Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu. The appointment of the new Te Waipounamu commissioning agency was announced yesterday by the Minister for Whānau Ora, Tariana Turia. Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu has been established…

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