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Ngāi Tahu Rangatahi SingularityU Summit – Ōtautahi 2016

  Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu are excited to announce a sponsorship opportunity, that aims to support twenty Ngāi Tahu rangatahi (aged 16-25 years) to participate in an international accelerating technologies event in Ōtautahi, the SingularityU New Zealand Summit. Lyndon Waaka, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, External Funding Advisor, says the SingularityU New Zealand Summit…

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First Hei Whakapiki Mauri hui highlights aspirations

When married couple Gary Williams and Ruth Jones of Kanohi ki te Kanohi Consultancy set up Hei Whakapiki Mauri, they saw it as a way for Māori with disabilities to connect with whānau and to explore and grow their aspirations and knowledge. Hei Whakapiki Mauri is a series of hui designed to empower disabled Māori…

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Tribal wealth continues to grow whānau wellbeing

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu has achieved another strong financial performance with a profit of $168.73m (post distribution) for the year ended 30 June 2016. “Naturally we are delighted by this result, not only is it testament to the performance of our long-term investment strategy but more importantly this positive growth in our pūtea enables…

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Ngā Hau e Whā
From the Editor

Earlier this month I had the pleasure of attending a weaving wānanga at Awarua Marae. From the moment I arrived I was struck by the overwhelming sense of whanaungatanga and community among this group of wāhine who have been coming together monthly for the past year-and-a-half to learn the art of weaving korowai.

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From the CEO

If you are starting a career, midway, or moving towards a change, choose something that brings you happiness. Lost time can never be retrieved, so be courageous, be visionary, and challenge yourself beyond that rigid square.

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He Whakaaro
Climate Change

The first proper essay I wrote was on how we might be able to incorporate Māori principles into accounting systems in order to address climate challenges. It was idealistic. It was romantic. It was read once and then stored away. But importantly, it started me on my current journey.

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Te Rangitaki a Te Ranui
Eat noodles, find husband…

In venturing outside Shanghai I found a new side of China that I had never imagined existed. In all honesty, I don’t know what I expected, but it certainly wasn’t what I discovered. I have now traveled to a few places and have found that each has their own flavour, dialect, and beauty that differentiates them from the next.

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Te Ao o te Māori

Korey Gibson (Ngāti Huia, Ngāti Tama, Ngāi Tahu) says he’s not the type of person to sit on his hands. Today not sitting on his hands means being in the boxing ring for an early morning workout, story time with his 18-month-old daughter Waitohi, singing waiata with partner Tessa Murray, and time with his beloved pig dogs before heading to the office.

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Opportunity of a lifetime

Tania’s road to her current role hasn’t been a traditional one, but the unconventional nature of her journey makes it all the more impressive. “I can honestly say working in a marae kitchen has got me to where I am today” says Tania. “I met so many people cooking in the marae kitchen … it taught me the fundamentals of how people work, not to mention good time management.”

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Wai Ora

In early April news broke the Ashburton District Council was considering selling a section in their business park known as “Lot 9”. A seemingly innocuous move, except that a resource consent for the extraction of freshwater is attached to Lot 9, and on the other side of the deal was a company in the business of bottling and selling water. The consent would allow for 45 litres of artesian water to be extracted per second, over 1.4 billion litres over the course of a year.

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