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Settlement Stalwart

Ōtākou upoko Kuao Langsbury (80) is one of the unsung heroes behind the tribe’s successful Ngāi Tahu Claim that was finally settled by the Crown in 1998, 158 years after the Treaty of Waitangi was signed. Kaituhi Rob Tipa recently caught up with Kuao at his Dunedin home. “I always said I’d never get involved…

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Haerenga
Three weeks in Te Rua o te Moko

Nā Nic Low. The morning was hot, but Auntie Jane Davis and three other Ōraka-Aparima tāua, Betty Rickus, Vera Gleeson, and Rangimaria Suddaby, walked the beach wrapped head to foot as if battling a blizzard. Which they were: a blizzard of namunamu. Each fought off their own personal storm cloud of sandflies as they scanned…

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Breaking the silence

They believe his care was not adequate, and that spiritually-based, Māori-focused treatment would have helped him immensely. Since Nicky’s death, they have doggedly pursued legal avenues to find some justice.

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Hokia ki tō Mauka

Iaean says, “When I came back from Outward Bound, Craig and I had a bit of a brainstorm and decided Outward Bound was awesome, but it didn’t have that kaupapa Māori element, tikanga Māori, whakataukī, kīwaha, the stories of the place that give a sense of belonging.”

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The rise and rise of Sheldon Pitama

While there are no guarantees, Kelvin says Sheldon is doing everything he can to achieve that dream.
“Plenty of people have the athletic ability, but that’s not what it’s all about. It’s that desire, and he wants to succeed and win.”

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Indigenising the Corporation

Ngāi Tahu are seen as the ultimate post-settlement success story, but how much of that success is tied to our “corporate structure” and being the “good Māori?” In the eyes of most New Zealanders, our success comes from things we have borrowed from others, rather than from what makes us unique.

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Toi Iho
Ordre des Arts et des Lettres

When Fiona learned that there were several Māori casts in this collection, including those of her Ngāi Tahu ancestors, she knew she had to go to the museum to see the collection for herself. “It was a strange and difficult place, but that’s where you find the work. That’s where the taonga is.”

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Reviews
Books

Another book about Māori carving is a welcome addition to the growing list of publications about Māori art and those written by Māori women. It is also of interest that this book focuses on a particular locality and practice of the East Coast. While the Iwirākau tradition of the Waiapū Valley represents a relatively short period in history, and a relatively small geographic area, its impact resounds loud and clear today.

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