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From the Editor

From the Editor, Mark Revington
Calling all Ngāi Tahu creative writers. Yes, that’s you. We’re looking for submissions to be published in TE KARAKA. Poems, short stories, you choose the form and TE KARAKA will provide the waka

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From the CEO

This whirlwind tour of iwi, kāinga, whānau and individual-led tribal activities showed me that we are far from being a passive bunch. It emphasised that we are a vibrant, passionate and determined lot who want the best for our whānau in every which way you could imagine – phew!

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He Kōrerorero
Haere rā e Jude

I came back home.

There is the chitter of sparrows and the annoying activities of starlings, and the occasional squark from a gull or two and a bit of a tune from blackbirds in the morning.

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Te Ao o te Māori
Songbirds on Waitangi Day

The official Ngāi Tahu commemoration of Waitangi Day at Ōnuku Marae was made more special this year with the launch of an Ōnuku songbook and a citizenship ceremony – the first time this ceremony has been held at a marae on Waitangi Day.

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Manawa Kāi Tahu
Pūharakeke Tapu

Following Maru’s escape from the village of his brother-in-law, Tumapuhiaraki, both Kāti Kahukunu and Kāti Kurī prepared for battle. This included specific religious rituals that allowed some insight in to the possibility of success for either side.

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Toi Iho
Medal of distinction

You may be familiar with the mixed media sculptures of Ross Hemera that reference the ancient rock art found in Te Waipounamu. Or the large public works such as the Whakamarama sculpture at the entrance to the Māori section of the Museum of New Zealand/Te Papa Tongarewa or the enormous glass mural he created for the Christchurch City Council.

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Kai
Cooking Out Back

Cooking for shearing gangs in the Australian Outback for two years gave Angela Timms all the training she needed to cook for big families and hui. She talks to kaituhituhi Adrienne Rewi about her passion for food and her famous plum duff.

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