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Dredging along the breakwater.

Canal dredging underway

Maintenance dredging of the Halswell Canal from Neills Road to the river mouth is expected to improve drainage and flood capacity in the area, at the same time creating a sediment trap that will ultimately improve water quality of Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere. That, says Area Engineer, Environment Canterbury, Whakaora Te Waihora Engineering Workstream Leader Dan…

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Rangi Faith with his latest book.

New collection for Ngāi Tahu poet

Ngāi Tahu writer and poet, Rangi Faith, has released his latest book, Spoonbill 101, published by Puriri Press, which features a collection of 60 poems that Rangi wrote over a five-year period. He says many of the poems at the beginning of the book are influenced by his Ngāi Tahu heritage. “I always relate back…

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Morgan Mathews-Hale at work in her studio.

Ngāi Tahu artist stands tall

Emerging Ngāi Tahu artist, Morgan Mathews-Hale is among a group of artists who will showcase their artwork in the Christchurch Stands Tall project on 3 November. Led by the United Kingdom organisation, Wild in Art the project features more than 50 giraffes, each standing 2.5 metres tall, which will be painted and decorated by local…

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Excavating the site. Photo courtesy of Shar Briden.

Historic waka found

Members of the rūnanga, along with archaeologists, conservation experts and other volunteers, visited the site on 11-12 October, and excavated the waka hull and a large quantity of plaited fibres lying in its hull. The recovery of the taonga was a success and Department of Conservation (DoC) representatives Jim Fyfe and Russell Tomlinson facilitated the…

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NZ Hat & Hair Art Awards

NZ Hat & Hair Art Awards is an innovative, creative and spectacular wearable arts competition and show. Featuring the brilliance and creativity of leading artists, impressive masterpieces are presented in a catwalk show with a contemporary edge.

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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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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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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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Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Hui-ā-Tau 2014

Ngāti Waewae Rūnanga, in conjunction with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu invite you to Arahura Marae, Hokitika, for the Hui-ā-Tau 2014. This year, Hui-ā-Tau is a one-day hui, which focuses solely on report back and open forum. The hui will start at 10.00am. For more information, please contact Tina Woodgate on 0800 KAITAHU (0800 524…

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Te Matatini 2015 – Preparations in full swing

Preparations for Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Festival 4-8 March 2015 at North Hagley Park are in full-swing. The Waitaha Cultural Council is hosting this pre-eminent event, supported by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and Christchurch City Council. Te Matatini is producing and organising the festival. Waitaha Cultural Council is thrilled to announce two major…

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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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