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The Helmsman’s Apprentice

In a few days, Ngāi Tahu scholar Rata Pryor Rodgers will be one in a select group of students swapping the classic Kiwi Christmas for sub-zero temperatures and snow drifts. The reality of a white Christmas in Antarctica is sinking in for Pryor Rodgers, who will head off on Friday (December 16) for two weeks…

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Te Ara Whakatipu

Earlier this year eleven Ngāi Tahu rangatahi experienced Te Ara Whakatipu a seven day hīkoi that follows in the footsteps of their ancestors, on an ancestral trail that travels from Whakatipu-wai-maōri through Whakatipu-katuka and down to Whakatipu-wai-tai. This is achieved through the support of Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio, Ōraka Aparima Rūnaka, Ngāi Tahu Tourism, the…

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The business of wool

Young Ngāi Tahu entrepreneur, Lucas Smith has been setting up businesses since he was fifteen. After starting a business selling clothes out of his high school dorm, Lucas has moved on to create his company, Walk On, a company that makes merino wool blister protection product that are 100% natural, ethically farmed and biodegradable. Lucas…

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Ngāi Tahu Tourism wins Māori Excellence in Export

Ngāi Tahu Tourism is thrilled to have won Ha kai kei aku ringa for Māori Excellence in Export at the New Zealand International Business Awards 2016. The winners were announced last night at the SKYCITY Convention Centre in Auckland. Accepting the award on behalf of Ngāi Tahu whānui and Ngāi Tahu Tourism, Tā Tipene O’Regan…

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Manawa Kāi Tahu launched

At Hui-ā-Tau Tā Mark Solomon launched Manawa Kāi Tahu, the first sustainability report for Office of Te Rūnanga and Ngāi Tahu Holdings. Tā Mark Solomon says the project has been led by Ngāi Tahu Holdings with a working party from across Te Rūnanga Group, which included Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Board Representatives, commercial governors…

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Ngāi Tahu rangatahi at the forefront of changing technologies

Twenty Ngāi Tahu rangatahi (aged 16-25 years) were given the opportunity to participate in the international accelerating technologies event recently held in Ōtautahi. The three-day SingularityU New Zealand Summit brings together world experts discussing a wide range of accelerating technologies. Lyndon Waaka, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu External Funding Advisor, said the SingularityU New Zealand…

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Arowhenua open new Te Hapa o Niu Tireni

A huge crowd of over 500 Ngāi Tahu ki Arowhenua whānau and invited guests gathered for the opening of the new Kāti Huirapa whare, Te Hapa o Niu Tireni on Saturday 12 November, despite the drizzling rain and cold conditions. The $3.3 million, state-of-the-art complex has been under construction for 10 months and fundraising and…

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An earthquake message from Tā Mark Solomon

Kia hiwa rā, kia hiwa rā. Kua pōkarekare te Tai o Marokura. Kua oho, kua nekeneke anō a Rūaumoko i tō Kurī takiwā. Auē, tō Ngāi Tahu mārino, memeha e! Hī ake ana he rā whawhati kō. Ko ngā ihu ki te one, ko rau ringa ki te manaaki. Tēnā anō tātou katoa Once again…

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Michael Skerrett retires

After twenty years in his role as Kaupapa Taiao manager at Te Ao Marama Inc, Michael Skerrett retired in September leaving an enviable legacy. Michael (Ngāi Tahu – Waihōpai), was involved in setting up a Southland model that has ensured iwi views are a strong and valued part of council decision-making, and that remains one…

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