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Giving back to the community

A group of He Toki civil skills students left their classroom recently to rebuild a deck and repave the pathways at the Spreydon Methodist Church. Reverend Fitifiti Lautua, Centre for Māori and Pasifika Achievement  Mentor, Ara Institute of Canterbury, says these sorts of projects are a great way to give back to the community. “This…

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Paying tribute to our WWI heroes

The Whakapapa Unit at Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu has embarked on a new project to bring to light the Ngāi Tahu heroes of World War I (WWI). Allanah Burgess, Whakapapa Projects Advisor, described those who served in WWI as unspoken heroes of the tribe. “We often acknowledge contemporary Ngāi Tahu heroes but we don’t…

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Ngāi Tahu Tourism opens new Franz Josef visitor hub

A major new visitor hub housing the Department of Conservation, Franz Josef Glacier Guides (owned by Ngai Tahu Tourism and part-owned by Te Rūnanga o  Makaawhio) , Glacier Hot Pools, i-SITE Franz Josef and a café has opened in the village of Franz Josef. Built and owned by Ngāi Tahu Tourism, the building  –  Te…

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Ngāi Tahu Property wins prestigious awards

Ngāi Tahu Property has taken out two awards at the 2016 Property Council of New Zealand Industry Awards. Winning best in category for the Health and Medical Property Award and the Urban Land Developments Award. David Kennedy, Chief Executive, Ngāi Tahu Property, says the awards are a reflection of the hard work that Ngāi Tahu…

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Precious taonga presented to Olympians

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu handed over 480 pounamu taonga to the New Zealand Olympic Committee and Paralympics New Zealand during a ceremony in Christchurch today (Friday, June 17). New Zealand Olympic Chef de Mission, and triple Olympian, Rob Waddell and Paralympic Chef de Mission Ben Lucus flew to Christchurch and received the pounamu on…

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Kea award

Last night Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Kaiwhakahaere, Tā Mark Solomon, was awarded  a prestigious Kea honour in recognition of his significant contribution to the development of Aotearoa and our country’s international standing. Tā Mark received a Kea World Class New Zealand Award, which celebrates the work of New Zealanders who make outstanding contributions to the country’s social…

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Kia Kūrapa ki Tuahiwi

E te huka pikoko ki tō tātou reo, he mihi tēnei ki a koutou i tae tawhiti mai, i tae tata mai ki tō tātou wānaka, arā, Kia Kūrapa.  Ahakoa kā taero o Tūtekoropaka, kia kaha rā.  Tūwhitia te hopo! Okea ururoatia! Another successful Kia Kūrapa was held at Tuahiwi over the weekend. For Gina-Lee Duncan…

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Ngāi Tahu Tourism announces new scholarship

  Ngāi Tahu Tourism is delighted to announce a new scholarship, Te Pia Tāpoi, for Ngāi Tahu students. Ngāi Tahu Tourism Chief Executive Quinton Hall says the scholarship is an exciting opportunity for Ngāi Tahu students who are studying towards a tourism qualification. “We are looking for the future stars who can see the potential…

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Black wave strikes at waka ama world champs

The medal dominance of Team Aotearoa at the Va’a World  Waka Ama Sprint Championships has been described as a ‘black wave’. Aoraki Matatū paddler Craig Pauling (Ngāi Tahu – Taumutu), says the Tahitian media commented frequently on the New Zealanders performance. “People kept talking about a ‘black wave’ because Tahiti had never been beaten at…

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Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Road Shows 2016

Nau mai tauti mai whānau, This year the Road Shows format has evolved. There will be opportunities for whānau to find out more information about accessing Ngāi Tahu Funds, registering with the Whakapapa Unit and signing up for Whai Rawa. Our teams will have stalls there to assist and answer any questions whānau may have…

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