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Hokonui Rūnanga financial officer, Terry Nicholas (left) discusses progress on the rebuild with Archer Construction forman, Travis Watt. Photo supplied by Russell Fredric.

New complex for Hokonui Rūnanga

The $1.4 million rebuild of the fire damaged Hokonui Rūnanga building is taking shape three months after the project started on April 22. The previous complex in Charlton Road, Gore, was badly damaged by an electrical fault in the workshop in May last year. Financial officer Terry Nicholas said the area of the rebuild involved…

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Dunedin fashion designer Darlene Gore, off to Auckland Fashion Week.

A return to fashion

Darlene Gore is one of three Ngai Tahu designers presenting work at the Miromoda Showcase at New Zealand Fashion Week. It is a return to fashion for Darlene, who completed a Diploma in Fashion and Design at Otago Polytechnic in 1994 before going on to work in the fashion industry. She has run her own…

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Muttonbirding (1921). Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision.

Historic film footage to feature at Hui-ā-Iwi

Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision will showcase a film about traditional Ngāi Tahu mahinga kai and art practices dating back to the 1920s at Hui-ā-Iwi in November. The programme is made from film footage from the 1920s through to 2008, and is a combination of silent, audio, black and white and colour footage. Ngā Taonga…

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Tomairangi holding her pet chicken, which stars in her next film.

Young filmmaker celebrates award win

Twelve-year-old Tomairangi Harvey is celebrating in Tokyo after winning an award last night at the Japan Wildlife Film Festival. Her short film Te Ao o te Tuturuatu received the Best Young Film-maker Award. The film is a five minute animated story of the endangered Tuturuatu (Shore Plover/Dotterel) and its habitat and survival in New Zealand….

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Ngāi Tahu designer Jordaine Brogan.

Passion for design

Young Ngāi Tahu designer Jordaine Brogan is looking forward to presenting her collection as part of the Miromoda Showcase at the upcoming New Zealand Fashion Week. Jordaine is one of three Ngai Tahu designers, who earned their place in the Showcase by competing in the annual Miromoda Fashion Awards. Miromoda was established by the Indigenous…

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Lagrosiphon entangled on a boat motor.

Stopping the spread of aquatic pests

  New Zealand has some of the most beautiful lakes and rivers in the world but we need to stop the spread of freshwater pests so that our waterways stay that way. It only takes one pair of tramping boots, or a wet lifejacket to give a hitchhiking freshwater pest a ride to a new…

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Follow and win

  Follow Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu on Instagram and be in to win a double pass to the New Zealand Film Featival’s Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika. Tickets are for Ōtautahi, Hoyts Northlands, Sunday August 23, 11:45 a.m.

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Hornby Hub displays Ngāi Tahu art

Art work from Te Mairiki Williams (Kāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe, Waitaha, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Te Atihaunui-a-Pāpārangi, Ngāti Hauiti ki Rata, Ngāti Uenuku) adorns the outside of the Hub shopping mall at Hornby on the outskirts of Christchurch. The large murals on the outside are complemented inside by smaller versions with explanations. Te Mairiki is a local…

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Matt holding a second generation hāpuku produced in 2013 as part of his PhD research at NIWA’s Bream Bay Aquaculture Park – allowing the life-cycle of this species to be completed in captivity for the first time in the world.

Researching aquaculture for the future

Ngāi Tahu PhD student, Matt Wylie knows a thing or two about fish and he hopes with his research and knowledge of aquaculture he’ll be able to contribute to tribal commercialism. After completing a Master of Science in Zoology at the University of Otago on the reproductive biology and captive breeding of the giant kōkopu…

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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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Iwi joins Akaroa wastewater appeal

Ōnuku Rūnanga, Wairewa Rūnanga, the Akaroa Taiāpure Management Committee and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu lodged a notice with the Environment Court On August 20, opposing an appeal lodged by Christchurch City Council relating to the discharge of wastewater into Akaroa Harbour for the next 25 years. In the interests of fulfilling their kaitiaki (environmental…

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Deaths of takahē on Motutapu Island a tragic accident

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu representative on the Takahē Recovery Group, Sandra Cook, has labelled the deaths of four takahē on Motutapu Island a tragic accident. “Takahē are a taonga to Ngāi Tahu, and we have worked closely with the Department of Conservation in the management of takahē for many years now. This includes participation…

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