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Coming home

Tamar McLeod Sinclair may have left New Zealand on a one-way ticket back in 2005 to pursue her singing career but she still feels closely connected to her Ngāi Tahu whakapapa. Currently back in New Zealand for a whirlwind tour that includes one-off concerts in Auckland and Wellington, Tamar draws on her roots to deliver…

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Recording rock art

Since the South Island Māori Rock Art Project began surveying and recording in 1990, over 600 Māori rock art sites have been mapped and photographed; of those, 300 were new and had not been recorded previously. Te Ana Ngāi Tahu Rock Art Trust curator, Amanda Symon says the survey team has been steadily finding many…

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Guardians of the future

The Te Ana Ngāi Tahu Rock Art Centre is placing a stronger focus on the education sector in the hope of raising the profile of ancient rock art and encouraging a new generation of rock art guardians. In 2014, 3,420 school children from 33 schools took part in Te Ana activities and Te Ana Ngāi…

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Celebrating Waitangi Day in the south

Around 460 people braved unpredictable weather conditions to attend the Ngāi Tahu Treaty Festival, celebrating the 175th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, at Te Rau Aroha Marae in Bluff on 6 February. Visitors were welcomed onto the marae with a pōwhiri, with pupils from Te Wharekura O Arowhenua, Invercargill performing waiata…

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The Waitaha groups

EPISODE TWO – THE WAITAHA GROUPS In this episode we talk with the three qualifying Waitaha groups, Ngā Manu a Tāne, Te Ahikōmau a Hamoterangi and Te Pao a Tahu, who will represent the region at Te Matatini 2015. Each group will share the origins and the kaupapa matua of their groups and the vibe…

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2nd February 2015
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Ngāi Tahu Tourism prepares for the next generation visitor

One of New Zealand’s leading online marketing professionals, Martyn Whitley, has joined Ngāi Tahu Tourism to lead the company’s digital strategy across its many iconic experiences, including Franz Josef Glacier Guides, Dart River and Shotover Jet in the South Island and Rainbow Springs and Agrodome in the North Island. Chief Executive for Ngāi Tahu Tourism,…

Local support for Te Matatini 2015

The saying many hands make light work, is fitting for Te Matatini 2015, as many organisations from around the Waitaha region are offering to support this year’s competition. Environment Canterbury (Ecan), the Department of Conservation (DoC), and Christchurch-based charitable trust, Greening the Rubble have all generously offered to provide different resources for the event. Over…

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Using nohoanga

Nohoanga provides all Ngāi Tahu with an opportunity to experience the landscape as their tipuna 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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Taoka pūoro wānaka for Te Matatini

Traditional Ngāi Tahu instruments will be showcased during the Te Matatini 2015 pōwhiri in North Hagley Park, Christchurch on 4 March. Tony Smith, (Ngāi Tahu – Ngāti Irakehu), one of the tutors for a planned taoka pūoro wānaka to be held at Ōtākou Marae from 30 January to 1 February, says Te Matatini gives the…

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Ngāi Tahu artists prepare Te Matatini venue

A team of Ngāi Tahu artists have rallied together to dress the venue for Te Matatini 2015. Ngāi Tahu artist, Nathan Pohio (Ngāti Wheke, Ngāi Tūāhuriri) coordinates the group and is currently helping to support and facilitate 20 art related projects for dressing the site for Te Matatini. Besides assisting artists he has several projects to…

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