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SILNA

The South Island Landless Natives Act (SILNA) was a law passed by the Liberal government on 20 October 1906. SILNA was intended to alleviate the poverty of Kāi Tahu by providing “landless natives” with an asset base. While this seems honourable, the intention was never achieved and SILNA was later outed by the Waitangi Tribunal for what it really was: a “cruel hoax

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White Man’s Burden Revisited…

First the word Pākehā, then Waitangi Day, and now water. It seems there are some sectors of New Zealand society who can’t get their heads around the notion of a bicultural country. Or some people who want to be offended regardless.

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Spring and the beginning of a Mini Ice Age?

The sun is currently going through its usual decline in sun spots as part of its 11-year solar cycle of increased and decreased sun spot and solar flaring activity. Some scientists now speculate that the sun has entered a prolonged period of very low sun spot activity which will lead to a mini ice age like the “Maunder Minimum”.

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Reviews
Books

In the short introduction to this collection, the editors vow to “go beyond the edges of what is expected from Oceanic writing” – the boundaries of where (all over the Pacific), what (endlessly diverse), and how (gender-bending and experimental amongst other styles) we write.

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Jane Davis

Born and raised in Murihiku, Aunty Jane Davis has always had a strong connection to the Tītī Islands, which was shared by her late husband, Bill. The two of them became involved in Te Kerēme in its early days, and in 1989 Aunty Jane was elected to the Ngāi Tahu Māori Trust Board.

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Recognising Hon Te Ururoa Flavell

In early October Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu held a celebratory event to acknowledge the incredible role Hon Te Ururoa Flavell played as a Member of Parliament, Minister and leader of the Māori Party. Helen Leahy, Chief Executive, Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu says the event was an opportunity…

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Contact centre recognised for excellence

At the end of September the Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Contact Centre were recognised for their outstanding work when they were awarded second place in the Member Support Services category at the Great Gatsby themed CRM Contact Centre Awards in Auckland. The Contact Centre are often the first people whānau speak to when they…

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Ngāi Tahu Claim Settlement Act, 29 September 1998

The Ngāi Tahu Claim Republication from Te Karaka Raumati / Summer 1998, page 20 By Tā Tipene O’Regan The passage of the Ngai Tahu Claim Settlement into law on 29 September 1998, was an historic and significant point in the long history of Ngai Tahu. As I stood there in Parliament while our people sang…

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Ngāi Tūāhuriri/Ngāi Tahu values embedded in Te Omeka – Justice Precinct

The official opening of the Justice and Emergency Services Precinct in Ōtautahi was a proud moment for our iwi as the doors opened to reveal a contemporary building embedded with Ngāi Tūāhuriri and Ngāi Tahu values, narratives and culturally significant artworks. Te Omeka is a special place – as an anchor project it is a significant investment…

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Lodging the Ngāi Tahu Claim with the Waitangi Tribunal

On this day in 1986 the Ngaitahu Maori Trust Board, in the name of Henare Rakiihia Tau, lodged the Ngāi Tahu Claim with the Waitangi Tribunal. Although the Waitangi Tribunal was established in 1975 the Tribunal were only able to investigate breaches made by the Crown in relation to the Treaty of Waitangi that occurred…

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