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Haines Ellison.

Practising Māori law

Working at the Ngāi Tahu Māori Law Centre isn’t just a job for Haines Ellison, it’s a way to help others. Haines (Ngāi Tahu – Kāti Huirapa), graduated from Otago University with a double degree in law and geography and began working at the Ngāi Tahu Māori Law Centre as a law clerk in January…

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One of the gecko showing off its temporary transmitting device.

Canterbury geckos adjust to new home

In March 2015, the first geckos retrieved from the bluffs above Rāpaki after the Christchurch earthquake, were released into their new home at Riccarton Bush. Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke, represented by Yvette Couch-Lewis, formally handed over the kaitiakitanga of the gecko from her rohe in the Port Hills to that of Ngāi Tūāhuriri, represented…

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Thomas Aerepo-Morgan (left) and Tūmai Cassidy with their winning trophies.

Ngāi Tahu rangatahi in regional speech finals

Two Ngāi Tahu rangatahi are among a group of regional finalists preparing for this year’s national Ngā Manu Kōrero competition in Porirua in September. Thomas Aerepo-Morgan of Te Whare Kura o Arowhenua, Invercargill and Tūmai Cassidy of Te Kura Tuarua o Kingi (Kings College, Dunedin) represented their schools at the Otago/Southland regional Ngā Manu Kōrero…

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Hinemoana Baker. Photo by Robert Cross, courtesy Hinemoana Baker.

Ngāi Tahu writer wins Berlin residency

The 2015-16 Creative New Zealand Berlin Writer’s Residency has been awarded to Wellington-based writer, Hinemoana Baker (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Toa,Te Āti Awa). The residency allows an established writer to work on an approved project for up to eleven months in Berlin, Germany and covers travel to and accommodation in Berlin, a monthly stipend…

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Tumahi and Utiku Poihakena-Jackson

Ngāi Tahu Pounamu launches exciting new partnership

Ngāi Tahu Pounamu announced a significant partnership with the Child Cancer Foundation today, with the launch of a new hand-carved pounamu bead as part of the Beads of Courage® programme, which recognises the strength and courage of each child during cancer treatment. Three New Zealand children are diagnosed with cancer each week. In recognition of…

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Whenua Kura – Leadership Pathways

Whenua Kura, a Ngāi Tahu led partnership between Lincoln University, Te Tapuae o Rehua and Ngāi Tahu Farming, provides participants with industry appropriate qualifications and practical experience on Ngāi Tahu farms. Recently, students embarking on diplomas and higher certificates gathered to celebrate with Māori leaders.

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Tautoko FM Fundraiser Concert

On Monday the 18th of May, 2015, Tautoko FM, the second oldest Māori Radio Station, was engulfed by fire. The fire burnt down its studio, office and all the station’s equipment at its Mangamuka Bridge location. Whilst Tautoko FM now has temporary premises and returned to the airwaves just a week after the tragic fire,…

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Ngāi Tahu writers hui

Nau mai, haere mai. A Ngāi Tahu writers hui will be held at Rapaki Marae on Friday, 17 – Sunday, 19 July. Guest speakers include, Keri Hulme, author of The Bone People; Anton Blank, Ora Nui; Hana O’Regan, Dean Puna Wanaka and childrens author, Patricia Wallace, Te Hā. Those who attend will be welcomed with…

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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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Board Appointment

Ngāi Tahu Tourism General Manager Commercial, Verity Webber (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Māmoe), has been appointed to the New Zealand Māori Tourism Board for a three-year term. Ngāi Tahu Tourism Chief Executive, Quinton Hall is delighted by the appointment and says Verity will bring strong commercial acumen to the board, as well as a sound knowledge…

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Special legislation for racecourse development welcomed

The partnership seeking to develop land at Riccarton Park Racecourse welcomes government efforts to reduce red tape. In an announcement this morning, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith said the government will introduce special legislation which will pave the way for the Joint Venture between the Trustees that govern Riccarton Park Racecourse and Ngāi…

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