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Port Hills fires

The office of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu is working across a number of fronts to support our whānau and staff affected by the fires which continue to burn on the Port Hills above Ōtautahi.

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Assistance for those affected by fires

Update: 7:40am, 16 February
Nga Hau e Wha Marae in Pages Rd is now open and available if you need a bed or assistance.
Remember – anyone affected by the fires in Ōtautahi are urged to seek assistance.
Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu are able to offer help to those in need, please phone – 021 248 2242.

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Rangatahi learn to code

In late January over 40 Ngāi Tahu rangatahi took part in a coding wānanga run by the Ngāi Tūāhuriri Education Committee, Ngāi Tahu Funds, Tribal Economies,  the University of Canterbury and the University of Delaware. Ngāi Tahu rangatahi and computer science students from the University of Delaware took part in a powhiri and workshop at…

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Crusaders squad visit Rehua Marae

Over 60 of the Crusaders 2017 squad, including coaching and management staff, attended a brief informal hui at Te Whatu Manawa o Rehua Marae. Joe Moody (Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri) spoke on behalf of the manuhiri at the pōwhiri, thanking those in attendance from Rehua Marae, and connecting back with his Ngāi Tahu whakapapa. Kaumātua, Ruawhitu…

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Celebrating Waitangi Day at Ōtākou Marae

Hundreds of people gathered at Ōtākou marae for the Ngāi Tahu Treaty of Waitangi Festival. Edward Ellison, kaumātua of Ōtākou rūnanga said he was genuinely amazed at the turnout, noting a lot of families came along to enjoy the laid-back festival atmosphere. “This seems to get bigger every year, we see it as a great…

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Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Code of Conduct Investigation

E ngā uri o Tahu Pōtiki, nei noa ake ngā mihi o Houanga ki a koutou katoa. Greetings to you all for the new year, an important year for Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, as we reflect on 20 years since the signing of Deed of Settlement. You will all be aware that in 2016,…

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New Bishop of Te Waipounamu

In a service at Ōnuku Marae in January, Richard Rangi Wallace was ordained as the new Bishop of Te Waipounamu. This is the first time a person of Ngāi Tahu whakapapa has held the prestigious position. Bishop Wallace says he was humbled by the 400 people who attended his ordainment ceremony. “I am happy to…

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He Toki Apprentice Trust Expanding

The He Toki Apprenticeship Trust, which has successfully recruited over 50 apprentices for the construction sector in a little over a year, is expanding into civil construction through a partnership with City Care in a joint venture partnership with JFC. These new agreements will allow He Toki to not only support Canterbury, but also the…

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Aspiring Young Farmer wins award

Ngāi Tahu farmer Ash-Leigh Campbell is one of three aspiring Young Farmers to be recognised for their leadership qualities with the inaugural NZ Young Farmers 2016 Excellence Award. Ash-Leigh (Ngāi Tahu – Kāti Huirapa, Kāti Hāwea, Ruahikihiki; Waitaha; Mamoe), says the award will have a massive impact in terms of building her connection to Ngāi…

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Ngā Hau e Whā
From the Editor

On flicking through the pages of this issue for the first time, what initially struck me was the important and varied role marae continue to play for whānau and their local communities – the beating heart. Nowhere has this been more apparent in recent times than Takahanga Marae in Kaikōura – the extraordinary effort of…

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