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The business of wool

Young Ngāi Tahu entrepreneur, Lucas Smith has been setting up businesses since he was fifteen. After starting a business selling clothes out of his high school dorm, Lucas has moved on to create his company, Walk On, a company that makes merino wool blister protection product that are 100% natural, ethically farmed and biodegradable. Lucas…

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Award-winners gather on the stage. Photo courtesy NZTE.

Ngāi Tahu Tourism wins Māori Excellence in Export

Ngāi Tahu Tourism is thrilled to have won Ha kai kei aku ringa for Māori Excellence in Export at the New Zealand International Business Awards 2016. The winners were announced last night at the SKYCITY Convention Centre in Auckland. Accepting the award on behalf of Ngāi Tahu whānui and Ngāi Tahu Tourism, Tā Tipene O’Regan…

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Manawa Kāi Tahu launched

At Hui-ā-Tau Tā Mark Solomon launched Manawa Kāi Tahu, the first sustainability report for Office of Te Rūnanga and Ngāi Tahu Holdings. Tā Mark Solomon says the project has been led by Ngāi Tahu Holdings with a working party from across Te Rūnanga Group, which included Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Board Representatives, commercial governors…

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Ngāi Tahu rangatahi at the forefront of changing technologies

Twenty Ngāi Tahu rangatahi (aged 16-25 years) were given the opportunity to participate in the international accelerating technologies event recently held in Ōtautahi. The three-day SingularityU New Zealand Summit brings together world experts discussing a wide range of accelerating technologies. Lyndon Waaka, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu External Funding Advisor, said the SingularityU New Zealand…

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Arowhenua open new Te Hapa o Niu Tireni

A huge crowd of over 500 Ngāi Tahu ki Arowhenua whānau and invited guests gathered for the opening of the new Kāti Huirapa whare, Te Hapa o Niu Tireni on Saturday 12 November, despite the drizzling rain and cold conditions. The $3.3 million, state-of-the-art complex has been under construction for 10 months and fundraising and…

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An earthquake message from Tā Mark Solomon

Kia hiwa rā, kia hiwa rā. Kua pōkarekare te Tai o Marokura. Kua oho, kua nekeneke anō a Rūaumoko i tō Kurī takiwā. Auē, tō Ngāi Tahu mārino, memeha e! Hī ake ana he rā whawhati kō. Ko ngā ihu ki te one, ko rau ringa ki te manaaki. Tēnā anō tātou katoa Once again…

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Michael Skerrett retires

After twenty years in his role as Kaupapa Taiao manager at Te Ao Marama Inc, Michael Skerrett retired in September leaving an enviable legacy. Michael (Ngāi Tahu – Waihōpai), was involved in setting up a Southland model that has ensured iwi views are a strong and valued part of council decision-making, and that remains one…

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Funding announced for state-of-the-art facility in Tekapo

Earth & Sky Limited Partnership, a joint venture between Earth & Sky and Ngāi Tahu Tourism, has welcomed today’s announcement from Prime Minister John Key that the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) will co-fund the construction of an International Astronomy Centre on the shores of Lake Tekapo, through its Tourism Growth Partnership. The…

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Dutch Royal visit

As part of Their Majesties Royal tour of New Zealand, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima Zorreguieta were greeted by a pōwhiri at Tuahiwi Marae and visited the Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu corporate office in Christchurch. During their visit they recieved a pounamu taonga, were given a presentation by Tā Mark Solomon and met with Ngāi…

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Hurunui/Kaikōura Earthquake legislation

The Government today introduced the Hurunui/Kaikōura Earthquakes Emergency Relief Bill and the Civil Defence Emergency Management Amendment Act 2016 Amendment Bill to Parliament. The Government has also indicated a third Bill, the Hurunui/Kaikoura Earthquake Recovery Bill, will be introduced to the House on Thursday. Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu welcomes the introduction of these Bills…

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Whakaraupō initiative

A new initiative to restore the health of Lyttelton Harbour/Whakaraupō was launched today. The initiative will see five major players in the management of Whakaraupō/ Lyttelton Harbour – Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Environment Canterbury, Christchurch City Council, and the Lyttelton Port Company – join forces to create an action…

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