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Success for self-taught sculptor

Bay of Plenty sculptor Joe Kemp, has been selected to exhibit his work at the biennial NZ Sculpture OnShore competition in Devonport in November. This is the second time Joe (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāpuhi, Te Arawa (Ngāti Makino) has been selected to showcase his sculptures at the show. This year Joe has entered one large sculpture…

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Tā Mark Solomon re-elected Kaiwhakahaere

E te iwi whānui, nāia te mihi kau atu ki a koutou i runga i ngā tini āhuatanga o te wā. Mauri ora ki a tātou. Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu held an election for Kaiwhakahaere and Deputy Kaiwhakahaere at its meeting this morning, Saturday 20 September 2014, in accordance with the policy adopted in…

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Te Matatini 2015

Ngāi Tahu Funds to Prepare Iwi for Te Matatini 2015 Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu want to support Ngāi Tahu whānau, hapū and iwi to participate in Te Matatini as a significant cultural event for both iwi and community in Te Waipounamu. Over fifty thousand people are expected to join us in this four day…

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Photo courtesy of Shotover Jet, Queenstown.

International recognition for Shotover Jet

Shotover Jet recently hit the CNN list of top recommended adventure experiences. This is a major achievement for the Ngāi Tahu Tourism-owned venture, as it was the only New Zealand activity to feature in the global list. The Queenstown-based company was ranked alongside other renowned attractions such as gorilla tracking in Uganda, skiing and sledding…

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Kelly Barry (right) pictured with Melissa Haberfield of Theme Productions.

National award for event professional

Kelly Barry has been named winner of the New Zealand Association of Event Professionals Young Event Professional for 2014. The NZAEP awards recognise events that have positively impacted New Zealand, its regions or local communities. The national winners were announced at the 2014 NZAEP Event Awards dinner held in Christchurch in August. Head judge and…

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Science fair success

Congratulations to Whai Rawa member Whakaahurangi Gallagher, who won two awards at the NIWA Wellington Regional Science and Technology Fair in August. Whakaahurangi is the daughter of Quinessa Sullivan (Ōnuku) and Timoti Gallagher (Rāpaki, Hokonui, Waihōpai, Awarua, Wairewa, Puketeraki, Ōnuku, Waihao, Ngāi Tūāhuriri, Arowhenua, Koukourārata). The 12-year-old accepted the Toihuarewa Award from Victoria University in…

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The experts gather to discuss the raranga fragments. Photo by Huia Pacey.

Raranga fragments found in Roxburgh Gorge cave

In 2011, a Department of Conservation worker conducting archeological assessments around Roxburgh Gorge discovered old raranga fragments in a secluded cave. The two nearby rūnanga, Te Rūnanga o Ōtākou and Kāti Huirapa ki Puketeraki, were delighted with the discovery and agreed to put the taonga in the temporary care of Otago Museum. More recently the…

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Dancing to the top

Jessie Rochford Barber of Wellington, has won a three-month scholarship to attend the prestigious Millennium Dance Studios in Hollywood, next year. Jessie, 23, received the accolade while competing at this year’s World Championship of Performing Arts, which was held in Los Angeles. Along with 14 other competitors from New Zealand Jessie (Kati-Mahāki ki Makaawhio), performed…

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A chance for primary school children to shine on a multicultural stage,

Multi-cultural festival kicks off

More than 80 school groups representing 10 nationalities will take part in this year’s Christchurch Primary Schools Cultural Festival at CBS Canterbury Arena from September 1-5. The festival celebrates New Zealand’s Māori culture through kapa haka and performances from the many cultural groups attending our schools. The theme for the 2014 event is ‘Tua takoto…

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Tuahiwi Rangatahi Forum

Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri Rūnanga will be hosting a rangatahi forum. The purpose of the forum is to bring together rangatahi with a view to developing a collective youth voice for the rūnanga. If you are aged between 14 – 20, whakapapa to Tuahiwi interested in, learning more about your whakapapa and the history of the…

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Wairewa Rūnanga General Meeting and AGM

Wairewa Rūnanga will be holding their General Meeting and AGM on Sunday 5 October. General meeting starts at 10.00am AGM starts at 2.00pm For more information please contact Mihi Sinclair on (03) 377 1513 or email Mihi.Sinclair@ngaitahu.iwi.nz

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Kura Reo Rakatahi

Kura Reo Rakatahi is a youth-focused te reo leadership programme, a pilot initiative funded by Mā Te Reo, facilitated by Kotahi Mano Kāika, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. This 4-day te reo Māori immersion programme will be hosted at Ōtākou Marae, on the Otago Peninsula, from 8 – 11 October, 2014. This first Kura Reo…

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Iwi partners purchase Go Bus

Ngāi Tahu Holdings Corporation (NTHC) and Tainui Group Holdings (TGH) have conditionally purchased Go Bus from Australian Private Equity firm Next Capital. NTHC is the majority investor with a two-thirds share and TGH has a one-third share. The purchase is due for completion September 30. Go Bus is one of New Zealand’s leading passenger transport…

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Māori students ready for best-practice farming. A pōwhiri marked the commencement of studies for the first cohort of Whenua Kura students

Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri welcomed the students at the event attended by the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, Hon Steven Joyce at Mahaanui Tuarua marae, Tuahiwi this afternoon. The 14 Māori students, ranging in age from 18-28 years old also received their full-fee scholarships at the event. Whenua Kura is an iwi-led initiative that…

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