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Prestigious title for Khyla Russell

Professor Khyla Russell (Kāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe, Waitaha, Rapuwai) has today been awarded the title of Emeritus Professor by the Otago Polytechnic. This is the first time the Otago Polytechnic has given out the prestigious title. This is a great acknowledgement for the work Khyla has undertaken in her academic career spanning the past 28…

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Chief Financial Officer of the Year

  Ngāi Tahu Holdings Chief Financial Officer Allan Hickford has been named EY Chief Financial Officer of the Year for the important role he has had in helping the iwi become the first in New Zealand to surpass $1-billion in assets. During Allan’s seven-year  tenure, he has helped select new investments for the iwi and…

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Strengthening connections for farming whānau

Rā Dallas, the whānau community champion for Te Whenua Hou, sees himself as the conduit between a large farming community in North Canterbury and the wider region.  He is excited about the potential that the Whānau Ora approach offers in strengthening connections across whānau. “We have a community of close to one hundred people now,…

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Toitū Tauraka Waka recognised as Wāhi Tūpuna

The Toitū Tauraka Waka became the first place in Te Waipounamu to be recognised for its ancestral significance as a Wāhi Tūpuna under the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014 on 22 January 2016. The entry recognises the importance of this site and its place in New Zealand’s national identity. The occasion is to…

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Vision for whānau enterprise

 Keefe Robinson-Gore has always had a passion for kai, where it comes from and how it is prepared and after attending the social innovation programme Live the Dream he feels one step closer to fulfilling his  long-term goal of building a self-sustainable thriving ecosystem at his marae. Keefe (Ngāi Tahu – Ngāti Irakehu, Ngāti Huirapa),…

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Kāi Tahu Tribal Weaving Project

  Ka rere āmiomio te karaka a te whare poa o Tahu ki a koutou kā rika whatu, kā rika raraka a Kāi Tahu, koutou i poipoia kā momo pā harakeke a tō tātou nei iwi.   Expressions of interest are sought from all Kāi Tahu weavers within New Zealand, who would like to be part…

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Wānanga fosters language

Late last year Moeraki whānau held a three-day wānanga ‘Ko te Tira Mōrehu o Moeraki’ to provide an empowering forum for whānau beginning their reo journey. Supported by the Kotahi Mano Kāika Papakāika Reo Fund, which encourages papatipu rūnanga to develop reo pathways within their papakāika community. Justin Tipa, a teacher at the wānanga, embraced…

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Café and Cookery School opens

Jade Temepara has waited a long time to realise her whānau dream of opening a café and cookery school based on healthy organic living and traditional Māori foods. Now that dream is a reality and Kākano Café is open in central Christchurch Kākano is the first venture of its kind – a social enterprise café,…

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Te Rangitaki a Te Ranui

Ranui Ellison-Collins is one of this year’s recipients of the Agria-Hōaka Scholarship. She is moving to Shanghai, China to learn Mandarin. While she is abroad Ranui is going to share her journey through a video blog. In this clip Ranui introduces herself and tells us how she is feeling about the journey ahead.

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