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Ngāti Waewae opens new whare tipuna

A huge crowd of Ngāi Tahu iwi and guests gathered for the opening of the new Ngāti Waewae whare tipuna, Tūhuru on Friday 21 November, despite torrential rain and cold conditions. The $5.5 million, state-of-the-art complex has been under construction for five years and is the first dedicated marae at Arahura in 145 years. The…

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Hui-ā-Tau 2014

Ngāi Tahu whānui have been challenged to think out to 2050 at today’s Hui-ā-Tau. Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Kaiwhakahaere, Tā Mark Solomon, says that post-Settlement the iwi had prepared a robust vision to take it to 2025 but that was now only ten years away and the time had come to start thinking beyond…

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Artistic director wins award

New Zealand dancer, choreographer and artistic director, Tanemahuta Gray is the winner of this year’s, AMP People’s Choice Scholarship. Around 32,000 New Zealanders voted during the three-week voting application on Facebook with 2,200 applicants applying and the top five applicants competing for the $10,000 prize and scholarship title. This year, the public were behind Tanemahuta…

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Danni Thian - bound for Beijing.

Scholarship winner bound for China

Danni Thian (Ngāi Tahu – Awarua Rūnanga) is the recipient of this year’s Agria-Hōaka scholarship. In February, she will travel to China and spend 12 months studying Mandarin at the prestigious Tsinghua University in Beijing. Danni, 24, says she feels fortunate to have been given the opportunity to travel to China, next year. “It’s all…

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WHAKAPAIPAI: Jewellery as pepeha

To find out about cultural identity, you have to return to the home fires, to the kaik, the whānau and the whenua. Areta Wilkinson understood that when she returned to Christchurch eight years ago, driven by a desire to reconnect and find out more about her whakapapa. Areta (Ngāi Tahu –Ngāti Irakehu) was always aware…

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Law Centre wins business award

On 6 November, the Ngāi Tahu Māori Law Centre Inc was named the winner of the 2014 Māori Business Award, at the Westpac Otago Chamber of Commerce Business Awards, in Dunedin. The Māori Business Award was sponsored by Ngāi Tahu Holdings Corporation and it was the first time that the Ngāi Tahu Māori Law Centre…

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International recognition for glacier guides

Franz Josef Glacier Guides has been voted the best attraction in New Zealand at this year’s TNT Golden Backpack Awards. This is a major achievement for the Ngāi Tahu Tourism-owned venture. They were also voted runner-up for the best visitor activity in New Zealand. The TNT Golden Backpack Awards are the original and most well-established…

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Holly Robinson competing in the IPC Athletics World Championship, in 2011.

Ngāi Tahu sportspeople compete at the top

Five Ngāi Tahu sportspeople are among 26 Māori world champions who will compete for top honors at this year’s Māori Sports Awards, on Saturday 29 November, in Auckland. The 24th awards ceremony will be hosted by Te Tohu Taakaro o Aotearoa Charitable Trust at Auckland’s Vodafone Events Centre on Saturday 29 November, from 5pm. In…

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Mary de Winton (centre) demonstrating the potting of macrophytes at Taumutu.

Breaking new ground

When the massive beds of naturally-occurring macrophytes disappeared from Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere in the 1960s, it was a turning point for the quality of the lake’s water. Known for their ability to buffer wave action, to take up nutrients, to improve water quality and to provide diverse habitats for fish and wildlife, submerged macrophyte systems…

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Events

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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Media

Hui-ā-Tau 2014

Ngāi Tahu whānui have been challenged to think out to 2050 at today’s Hui-ā-Tau. Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Kaiwhakahaere, Tā Mark Solomon, says that post-Settlement the iwi had prepared a robust vision to take it to 2025 but that was now only ten years away and the time had come to start thinking beyond…

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Arahura Whare Tipuna Opens

Arahura Whare Tipuna opened today with a dawn blessing, followed by a pōwhiri mid-morning. “It has been a great occasion to celebrate our whare tipuna opening with our manuhiri,” says Francois Tumahai, chair of Ngāti Waewae. “We are also celebrating with hundreds of our whānau who have returned to the Coast for both the opening…

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