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Otago science scheme launched

In what is believed to be a world first, an Otago consortium is calling for community-driven science projects to inspire people to engage with science On Tuesday 21 July, more than 100 people gathered at the Otago Museum for the launch of the pilot programme, Otago Participatory Science Platform, which is a collaboration with Te…

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Talented rangatahi research at sea

Boudine Brown is one of two Ngāi Tahu rangatahi who have been awarded a 2015 Rangatahi o Te Moana scholarship. The scholarship, which is offered by the University of Otago – New Zealand Marine Biology Centre, is for gifted and talented year 11 or 12 Māori students interested in pursuing a career in health sciences….

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Te Pā o Rākaihautū opens on new site

The special character school, Te Pā o Rākaihautū will be formally opened in its new location at the former Linwood Intermediate School site on Sunday, 19 July. Temporarily located in the former Richmond Primary School site, Te Pā o Rākaihautū opened in January this year offering an education founded on tikanga and te reo Māori…

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Manawa Nui – the beginning of a journey

When Meg Matthews won a place on the 2015 Ngāi Tahu Manawa Nui programme, it signalled a journey of personal discovery and a positive start to a career in governance. Meg (Ngāi Tahu), is now an associate director of Ngāi Tahu Property through the programme and she was recently appointed as an associate director of…

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Kaikōura fashion success

More than 200 whānau gathered at Kaikōura High School recently to celebrate Matariki with the first fashion show held by Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura. The fashion show, which was funded by the Ngāi Tahu Fund, proved to be a hit with locals, so much so that the rūnanga are going to make it an annual…

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Ngāi Tahu representative on Māori Language Commission

Charisma Rangipunga, General Manager, Te Taumatua, has been selected as one of three new members of the Māori Language Commission. Charisma (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu, Taranaki, Ngā Rauru), joins the team of five commissioners and says she is honoured and humbled to be the first Ngāi Tahu representative since Hana O’Regan held a position on…

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Tuia Te Ako Underway

The national Māori education hui, Tuia Te Ako 2015 is underway at Lincoln University. Opened on July 8, the hui brings leading Māori educators from around New Zealand together for three days for discussions around the conference theme – Te Whakarauora: revitalisation through reflection, repositioning and reimagining. Tuia Te Ako 2015 is co-hosted by Ako…

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From the editor

Take a close look at the photo on the cover of this issue. The wahine toa challenging the Minister of the Crown as he bends down to pick up the taki. That scenario hasn’t been seen for hundreds of years, if ever.

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From the CEO

Having applauded the innovative way Ngāti Waewae brought tradition to life through the wāhine mau rākau at the opening of Tūhuru Arahura Marae, I was taken aback to hear criticism of wāhine in these roles. I asked myself, “Is this really the 21st century?” as our history clearly shows wāhine took on these roles far earlier than this.

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Inane Question & A Flag In The Wind

You see, I’m really interested in flags. I have a full-size official flag-pole. I have a collection of flags, from the Hundertwasser to several made just for me.

When there was such an entity as the Ōkarito Free Republic, I was its proud Flag Warden…

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