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Commitment to reducing family violence

In early June over 120 whānau came together at Rehua Marae for the launch of Tū Pono: Te Mana Kaha ō te Whānau. The Tū Pono strategy aims to reduce the impact that family violence is having in families and communities throughout  Te Waipounamu and Aotearoa, and the launch signifies the next phase in bringing…

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Queen’s birthday honours

Over Queen’s birthday weekend a number of Ngāi Tahu whānau were recognised for their outstanding contributions to Aotearoa. Five Ngāi Tahu were recognised; David Higgins, Heitia Hiha, Susan Huria, Fiona Pardington and Staff Sergeant Tina Grant. David Higgins was recognised as an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to Māori….

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Pounamu taonga showcased in Paris

Earlier this month an exhibition of more than 200 pounamu taonga opened at Musée du quai Branly-Jacques Chirac, in Paris. The exhibition was created by Te Papa with collaboration from Ngāi Tahu and features pounamu taonga from all tribal areas of New Zealand.  The exhibition is called ‘La pierre sacrée des Māori’ (the sacred Māori…

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The Arahura Deed, 1860

Assistant Native Secretary and Assistant Land Purchase Commissioner James Mackay Junior first visited Te Tai Poutini in 1857 from Collingwood. He was greeted courteously at Māwhera (Greymouth) by Werita Tainui’s older brother Tarapuhi, who was said to be a very well made, muscular man over six feet in height. Mackay told Tarapuhi that his land…

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Celebrating Te Kerēme – the Ngāi Tahu Claim

On 21 November 1997, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and the Crown signed the Ngāi Tahu Deed of Settlement at Takahanga Marae, a significant milestone in settling 150 years of grievances, hardships and negotiations since the beginning of Te Kerēme – the Ngāi Tahu Claim. The Deed of Settlement provided acknowledgement from the Crown of…

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Ngāi Tahu recognised in prestigious planning awards

In April, Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri Rūnanga and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu were awarded two prestigious awards from the New Zealand Planning Institute at the annual conference held in Wellington. The Draft Waimakariri Residential Red Zone Recovery Plan released in February 2016, won two titles at the awards: the Best Practice in Strategic Planning and…

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Ngā Hau e Whā
From the Editor

In this issue we take the opportunity to acknowledge Tā Mark Solomon on his 18 years as Kaiwhakahaere o Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. We reflect upon his contribution to Ngāi Tahu, to Māoridom, and in fact to the whole of Aotearoa.

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From the CEO

This year Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu celebrates 20 years since the Settlement was signed with the Crown in 1997. At that time our tribal membership registration was around 8500. In comparison, more than 56,000 are registered today. The year ahead will be a walk down memory lane as we set out to celebrate the long pathway leading up to the Settlement through a number of events, to be held in the coming months.

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Rock Art gets rocking!

TE RERENGA – THE FLIGHT is an acoustic rock musical featuring 80 intriguing and detailed “Flatso” puppets inspired by Māori rock art sites in the Aoraki region. It’s a re-telling of the Ngāi Tahu legend of Pourangahua the Birdman and his epic flight to Aotearoa in search of his own kind.

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Ka hao te Rakatahi
Youth custody Index

A few people have been asking me questions because of my last column. Chiefly, what is the “Youth Custody Index” (YCI), and what is it all about?
The YCI is a St Thomas of Canterbury College project run by a group of senior students and is a collation of information regarding the state of youth in custody in New Zealand – both good and bad. The point of the index is to spark debate and raise awareness of any discrepancies and issues.

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