Our Stories


A third generation tangata tiaki

It is a daily reminder of the legacy that Tasman (Ngāi Tahu – Ngāti Wheke, Ngāti Kahungunu), hopes to continue. His pōua Bill was a legend in the mahinga kai world and is remembered for his love for customary fisheries, Kāhui Kaumātua (Māori Elders Council), Māori education and his whānau. Uncle Bill was also the driving force behind Kaupapa Kereru, the Ngāi Tahu kereru restoration programme on Banks Peninsula.

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What it means to be Kāi Tahu

From a young age, my sister and I remember being dragged to hui across the country. Now, that is not to say that we didn’t enjoy the hui, but more that we wished that we had a retreat space, a room for us and other rakatahi our age where we could express our Kāi Tahutaka in our own individual way. This became the foundation for the space we filled for Hui-ā-Iwi.

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The unstoppable Denise Sheat

Denise Sheat is not a woman of airs and graces. In her mind there is no time for pomp or ego when there is so much work to be done. This humility is all the more likeable for the fact she is a veteran advocate for Māori education and biculturalism in Aotearoa, and a long-serving member of Te Taumutu Rūnanga, while representing Ngāi Tahu in various governance positions.

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He Aitaka a Tāne
A handsome climber

Kōhia is a handsome climber found high in the canopy of the tallest trees of our native forests, and is perhaps better known to most of us as New Zealand passion vine, passion flower, or passion fruit.

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Books

Using Māori metaphor, philosophy, cultural concepts, iwi connection to land and place, cultural narratives, history, and expansive examples drawn from an array of disciplines and sources, Panoho discusses Māori art, its whakapapa, origins, tātai (bloodlines), legacies, and connections.

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Delane Luke

Ngāi Tahu – Ngāti Waewae, Ngāti Rārua, Te Rarawa, Ngāti Maniapoto Delane was born in Wellington and has two brothers, Tana (19) and Waikawau (8). He began his education at Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Whānau Tahi, and in 2011 he moved to St Thomas of Canterbury College, where he has just completed his…

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Rangatahi hit the Tahu FM studio

Three Ngāi Tahu rangatahi have joined the Tahu FM crew for the holiday period and they are busy preparing for their own radio show, Te Tokotoru Taotao ‘Triple T’, which is set to air during the summer. Kiti Te Maire Brennan,18 (Ngāi Tūāhuriri), Tamahou Thoms,17 (Kāti Kurī) and Alex Solomon,16 (Kāti Huirapa), who are all…

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First PhD graduates from Ngāi Tahu Research Centre

Eruera Prendergast-Tarena has become the first person to graduate from the Ngāi Tahu Research Centre at the University of Canterbury with a PhD. Eru (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Porou, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui), is Manager, Strategy & Relationships at Te Tapuae o Rehua and completed his PhD through the Department of Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship. His Principal Supervisor,…

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