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Channell Thoms (Ngāti Kuri) hopes her tau koura will catch some freshwater crayfish.

Concern for wai kōura

Most of us are familiar with the marine species of kōura (crayfish), but have you ever seen a wai kōura (freshwater crayfish)? Wai kōura were recognized as taonga species for Ngāi Tahu whānui in the Ngāi Tahu Claims Settlement Act (1998). They are still popular eating today, with a few aquaculture facilities even growing them…

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Map of the Lake Kaniere nohoanga site.

Staying at Nohoanga

Nohoanga provide Ngāi Tahu whānau with an opportunity to experience the landscape as their tīpuna did; and to rekindle the traditional practices of gathering food and other natural resources. The term ‘nohoanga’ (literally meaning ‘a place to sit’) traditionally refers to the seasonal occupation sites which were an integral part of the mobile lifestyle of…

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Photo courtesy of Stella McQueen.

Native fish for Otago Museum aquarium

Native fish are taking centre stage in Otago Museum’s updated aquarium, replacing the tropical habitat that used to greet visitors outside the Nature galleries. During the first week of November a group of giant kōkopu, each approximately 15–20cm long, will be introduced into the aquarium, which has been outfitted to mimic their native New Zealand…

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Whale Watch Kaikōura marketing manager, Lisa Bond accepting the award in New Delhi

Whale Watch Kaikoura wins international tourism award

Whale Watch Kaikōura has won Australasia’s Responsible Tourism Award at the World Travel Awards in New Delhi, India. The award adds to the company’s growing list of national and international accolades it has received since it began in 1987. The annual World Travel Awards are considered by many to be the travel industry equivalent of the…

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From the editor

Ngā hau e whā Mark Revington Haere rā Uncle Hori. Haere rā Uncle Rik. One was widely known for his kōrero and his tireless work on Te Kerēme. The other was widely known for his tireless mahi in protecting kaimoana. Henare Rakiihia Tau lodged Wai 27 with the Waitangi Tribunal on behalf of Ngā Tahu…

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From the CEO

Chief Executive Officer, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Arihia Bennett Generation Rangatahi I was recently privileged to spend an intensive ‘bootcamp’ week for New Zealand CEOs at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University in the United States. The programme was designed to extend business leaders in a way that could further stimulate and…

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Whenua – Ōmakō

Ōmakō is one of the Ngāi Tahu names for the Lindis Pass area. The name denotes both the pass and the river. This dramatic and iconic landscape which links Te Manahuna (Mackenzie Basin) with the lakes of Central Otago was part of an important ara tawhito extending from the Waitaki river mouth to Lake Hawea….

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Kā Manukura o Te Reo
Ngā Manu Kōrero

Dry statistics would tell you the future of te reo Māori is under threat. The passion of rangatahi like Thomas Aerepo Morgan and Te Aotahi Rice-Edwards suggest otherwise. One learnt to speak te reo Māori from birth. It is his first language. The other grew up speaking English and, aged 13, enrolled in an Invercargill…

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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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I Like Your Form Artist’s Talk

Lonnie Hutchinson Supported by Ngāi Tahu The Commons, corner of Durham St & Kilmore St Saturday 25 October, 10.15am Join Lonnie Hutchinson beneath her striking artwork for an artist’s talk. Suspended from The Arcades Project, this temporary artwork transforms both the landmark and the entire site. Take in the magnificent 50 metre long hinaki (eel…

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Arahura Marae – Opening of the new whare tipuna

Please join Ngāti Waewae Rūnanga and celebrate the opening of their new whare tipuna. Dawn ceremony: 6am start Opening pōwhiri: 10am start For more information please contact Hamiria Hutana on (03) 755 6451 or email hamiria.hutana@ngaitahu.iwi.nz

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Tribal development is key for strengthening iwi

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu has announced another strong year-end result, with an increase in net worth in excess of $1b enabling the iwi to lift its annual distribution to a new high. A record net profit of $145.87m for the year was also announced for the Te Rūnanga Group (post distribution activities) and a…

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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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