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Rangatahi bound for America

Laken Wairau of Christchurch is only three weeks away from studying and playing basketball at Indiana University for the next four years. “It’s all so surreal, I leave on Boxing Day. I wasn’t meant to leave until next August, so it’s a quick turnaround. I recently got the call that they want me to come…

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Whānau assist with mōhua transfer

The mōhua (yellowhead) population in the Eglinton Valley, Fiordland, recently received a boost with the release of 80 birds that were transferred from Anchor Island in Dusky Sound. The Mōhua Charitable Trust supported the transfer, working in partnership with the Department of Conservation (DOC) and Ōraka Aparima Rūnaka. Ōraka Aparima members, John Roberts and his…

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Awarua leader honoured at toi awards

Awarua Rūnanga Chair, Huhana (Hana) Morgan was one of five kaumātua named as a recipient of the Ngā Tohu ā Tā Kingi Ihaka award at the Creative New Zealand Te Waka Toi Awards in Rotorua in November. The award, which aims to celebrate leadership and outstanding contributions to Māori art, was an unexpected honour for…

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Environment Canterbury welcomes River Award

Environment Canterbury has welcomed the announcement that a waterway in the Selwyn-Waihora zone has won the Morgan Foundation award for the most improved river in Canterbury. Kaituna River took last night’s accolade, determined by monitored trend decline in dissolved inorganic nitrogen. Accepting the award in Wellington, Environment Canterbury Chair of Commissioners Dame Margaret Bazley said…

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Ngāi Tahu winners in te reo awards

Paulette Tamati-Elliffe, and Komene Cassidy have won the highest community award at the 2015 Ngā Tohu Reo Māori Awards, held in Napier in the weekend. Ngā Tohu Reo Māori is an annual Māori language award event held to celebrate excellence and long term commitment to te reo Māori from across Aotearoa New Zealand. Paulette (Kāi…

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Enthusiastic response to pēpi packs

There has been an overwhelming positive response to the new Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu pēpi packs, launched at Ngāi Tahu Hui-ā- Iwi 2015 in Dunedin over the weekend. The pēpi packs are an exciting initiative developed by the Mātauranga team at Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, as part of a two-pronged approached to whānau…

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Hui-ā-Iwi underway

Hundreds of Ngāi Tahu whānau have travelled from all over Aotearoa and from further abroad to attend Hui-ā-Iwi, the Ngāi Tahu festival, which is underway in Ōtepoti (Dunedin). The festival is a chance for Ngāi Tahu to come together to celebrate and share their culture and reconnect with each other. Hui-ā-Iwi 2015 is hosted by…

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Get your dance on at Hui-ā-Iwi

Festival-goers who attend Hui-ā-Iwi 2015 in Dunedin this weekend will have the opportunity to put on their dancing shoes and attend an array of different dance wānanga. Well-known choreographer, dancer, video artist and teacher, Louise Pōtiki Bryant (Ngāi Tahu – Kāti Taoka) will be holding two workshops at Hui-ā-Iwi on Saturday 21 November. Firstly, she…

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Symposium highlights Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere

The fifth Te Waihora Living Lake Symposium at Lincoln University will give participants the opportunity to learn much more about the science and work programmes currently underway to improve the health of Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere. The 2015 symposium – Realising the Vision – the mountains to the sea ki uta ki tai – is organised…

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