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Te Matatini provides wellbeing boost

In March 2015 Christchurch hosted Te Matatini, the largest Māori gathering in Aotearoa, and over 30,000 spectators and participants attended the Hagley Park-based event. Community and Public Health Māori Relationship Manager Gail McLauchlan says Te Matatini was an amazing opportunity to celebrate Māori culture, health and wellbeing. (Community and Public Health is a division of…

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Health promoter Christina Henderson with Rāpaki office manager Cushla Dwyer. Copyright Neil Macbeth

Caring for the heart of the hapū

Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke is the heart of the Rāpaki community, and it’s a heart the hapū are committed to keeping healthy. The small settlement of Rāpaki sits on the on the shores of Lyttelton Harbour, and is one of four marae-based communities situated on the Banks Peninsula. Rāpaki office manager Cushla Dwyer is…

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Ngāi Tahu artist Nathan Pohio curates his first exhibition.

Ngāi Tahu exhibition showcases Papatipu Rūnanga

In “Te Rua o Te Moko,” eighteen watercolours and pencil drawings hang upon the walls of a small room at Christchurch Art Gallery in a homage to significant land sites for each of the Ngāi Tahu Papatipu Rūnanga. It is a ‘quiet,’ elegant show that acknowledges and supports the rūnanga and reaches out to the…

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Kiwi #1500 awaiting his name at Kiwi Encounter at Rainbow Springs in Rotorua.

1500th kiwi hatched at Rainbow Springs

Kiwi chick #1500, born Rainbow Springs in Rotorua on December 25, is almost three weeks old and growing steadily and within days, he will have a name thanks to a public competition. The chick marks a significant milestone in kiwi conservation by the Kiwi Encounter team, which carries out its vital kiwi conservation work through…

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From the CEO

As Christmas approaches I am reflecting on being CEO for the past three years. I can truly say that time has not stood still. The recent Hui-ā-Iwi held in Dunedin is a testament to the many activities that Ngāi Tahu whānau are so enthusiastically engaged in. Otepoti was buzzing and alive with whanaungatanga at the heart of our gathering. Whānau from all directions rekindled their connections.

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Kaitorete Spit

Kaitorete is the wide shingle spit that separates the waters of Te Waihora from the sea. Extending from the foot of Te Pātaka o Rakaihautu at Wairewa in the north to Taumutu in the south, it was part of a key travel route for Ngāi Tahu travelling along Kā Poupou a Rakihouia (the Canterbury seaboard).

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Mātātahi Matatū winner Thomas Aerepo-Morgan

Kotahi Mano Kāika Te Reo Awards

Ngāi Tahu language leaders have been recognised at the Kotahi Mano Kāika Te Reo Awards, held in Dunedin on the eve of Hui-ā-Iwi. The awards celebrate and promote a sense of pride in the revival of te reo Māori in the Kāi Tahu takiwā.

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Ngāi Tahu Treaty Festival at Ōnuku Marae

Ōnuku Rūnanga is hosting the 2016 Ngāi Tahu Treaty Festival at Ōnuku Marae, Akaroa on February 6. Discussion of freshwater issues, citizenship, diversity and the Treaty will be highlights of this year’s Waitangi Day commemoration festivities. A special New Zealand Citizenship ceremony will also take place on the day, presided over by Christchurch Mayor, Lianne…

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Ngāi Tahu Holdings confirms new joint venture

Ngāi Tahu Holdings Board Chairman Trevor Burt is pleased to announce a new joint venture with the family-owned company, Watson & Son, one of New Zealand’s largest mānuka honey producers. Ngāi Tahu will own 50% of Wairarapa-based Watson & Son, which focuses on the production and distribution of premium mānuka honey products; and 50% of…

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