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Tā moko rising

Wearing it on the face, says Ōtautahi master carver and tohunga moko Riki Manuel, shows a great commitment to the culture: it is an indelible part of how the world sees you as a person.

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Whare uku: Earth Dwelling

Taking ownership for their whānau tino rangatiratanga is the motivation behind a young couple’s adoption of an innovative new way to build their home in Ahipara, Northland.

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The language disruptors

To introduce our new series on te reo champions, kaituhituhi Mark Revington talks to Lynne-Harata Te Aika and her son Henare.

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From the Editor

There’s a sense of renewal in this issue of TE KARAKA, appropriate given that it is spring. In Tā moko rising, we talk to nine Ngāi Tahu who have chosen to receive moko on their faces.

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From the CEO

Congratulations to Ōtautahi, its people and its leaders for producing the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan. This is another step forward that provides confidence and certainty. It also reflects the Ngāi Tahu voice, thanks to the hard work behind the scenes of mana whenua, Te Awheawhe Rū Whenua, staff and whānau.

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He Kōrerorero
Layering

I have a feeling that a lot of people now associate ‘layering’ with clothing: “We’re going skiing tomorrow, and then next day, we’ll be down on the flats. Can’t take a lot of gear but no worries, we’ll just layer.”

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Ahakoa He Iti, He Pounamu
Tūtaepatu Lagoon

In little over two years, Tūtaepatu Lagoon, near Woodend has changed from a weed-choked waterway to an inspiring example of ecological restoration. As a key part of the larger Tūhaitara Coastal Park, which was established as an outcome of the Ngāi Tahu Settlement with the Crown, it preserves Ngāi Tahu values, retains and enhances the rare, indigenous biodiversity while providing recreational and educational opportunities for everyone.

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