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Materia Hutana selected to represent New Zealand

Materia Hutana has been given a once-in-a-life time opportunity to represent New Zealand as a youth ambassador at the 100-year commemoration of the Battle of Somme in France. Materia (Kai Tahu, Kahungunu, Nga Puhi) says she is honoured and nervous at the opportunity. “When I found out, I was trying not to show any emotion,…

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Stars align for Ngāi Tahu Tourism and Earth & Sky

Ngāi Tahu Tourism has today announced that it will enter into a joint venture with Earth & Sky, the Tekapo-based stargazing and observatory tours operator. Ngāi Tahu Tourism Chief Executive Quinton Hall says the partnership will further enhance both businesses. “This joint venture is a great fit for Ngāi Tahu Tourism and aligns with our…

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Road Trip

The South Island Whanau Ora commissioning agency, Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu is not sitting in its Christchurch office waiting for action, it’s taking to the highways on a regular basis engaging with people and spreading the word about the innovative nature of Whanau Ora and what is being achieved with public funding. In August,…

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Helping whānau with home ownership

Over the last decade Whai Rawa has helped 312 whānau buy their first home. David Tikao, Programme Leader – Whai Rawa, says over $1.2 million has been withdrawn by members to assist them into their first home. “In our current economic climate it’s really tough to get on the property ladder so Whai Rawa helps…

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Ngāi Tahu athlete named as Paralympic flag bearer

Javelin thrower Holly Robinson (Ngāi Tahu) has been named the flag bearer for the New Zealand Paralympic team competing in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from September 7-18. Speaking in the lead-up to the games, Holly said it was “an amazing feeling and a huge honour” to be named flag-bearer. She said all the athlete had…

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Wave barrier at Te Waihora a first of its kind

A 100m long wave barrier on the south western side of Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere has been placed to enable submerged plants, known as macrophytes, to become established. NIWA freshwater ecologist Mary de Winton believed the barrier to be the first of its kind in the world for this purpose. “This barrier idea was conceived by…

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Understanding the Marae Development Fund

In 2011, the Marae Development Fund was created by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu to support the 18 Papatipu Rūnanga with their aspirations around marae development. Jennifer Walsh, who is the Programme Leader for the Ngāi Tahu Funds, says the idea of the Marae Development Fund came from Papatipu Rūnanga when they recognised marae development…

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Marae development underway

Several Papatipu Rūnanga are currently completing development projects at their marae. Among those working on everything from minor renovations to full building projects are Waihao, Arowhenua, Hokonui, Rāpaki and Koukourārata. For Waihao Marae, building developments will allow marae staff more space to work and host their guests. Rūnanga Chair Graeme Lane says developments have come…

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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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New scholarships for Ngāi Tahu whānui

The Office of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu have created two new scholarships for Ngāi Tahu whānui. These scholarships aim to create pathways for Ngāi Tahu whānui to work in communications and environmental management. They include full fees for study and paid work experience within the Office. To apply for the scholarships go to this…

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