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Rock art hīkoi

Hundreds of Māori rock art sites have been found scattered all over the Ngāi Tahu takiwā, from Bluff to Kaikōura, and archeologists continue to find more. Last weekend a rōpū of Ngāi Tahu artists went on a hīkoi to visit some of the South Canterbury rock art sites. Ross Hemera (Ngāi Tahu, Waitaha, Ngāti Mamoe),…

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Hui ā Iwi 2012

With a new name and new look, Ngāi Tahu staged its inaugural Hui-ā-Iwi, attracting Ngāi Tahu whānau from all over Aotearoa. It was organised in response to consistent feedback that whānau wanted whanaungatanga – connecting and renewing relationships with each other – to be the focus for annual hui.

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Follow the leader

How do Ngāi Tahu leaders emerge? How will Ngāi Tahu rangatahi learn the old teachings that they can apply to the future? Questions of leadership abound as the iwi face a new reality.

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Growing up in a post-settlement world

What does it mean to be a Ngāi Tahu rangatahi growing up today? What do they think about the tribe and its future? TE KARAKA asked four rangatahi what being Ngāi Tahu means to them. Photographs Tony Bridge Pania Bridge-Comer Pania Bridge-Comer (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Rangitihi) is a little different to the other rangatahi interviewed…

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Postcard from the Pacific

For two years, Te Mana o te Moana fleet of seven waka sailed on an amazing journey. From Tāmaki-makau-rau, Aotearoa, the fleet sailed to Tahiti, Hawaii and San Francisco, down to the Galapagos Islands. Next was French Polynesia, the Cook Islands, Samoa, Fiji, and Vanuatu, and then the Solomon Islands for the 11th Festival of Pacific Arts in July, before sailing back to their home islands.

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Ancient paths

In the old days Ngāi Tahu hunted and gathered animals and plants the length and breadth of Te Waipounamu. They moved according to the season, following life cycles of animals and plants, and they had access to a wide variety and abundance of food resources.

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Son of a gun

Ellison. In international sporting circles, the name is synonymous with the success of NFL legend Riki Ellison. Now his son Rhett is answering the call to make his mark on this American game.

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Reo Māori journey

Take a Māori boy from the south, the arrival of Te Māori exhibition and you have the makings of a life-long love of te reo Māori.
Tahu Pōtiki didn’t always love te reo Māori. “I started to learn when I was a teenager and didn’t really take to it. It was thrust on us when I was a Māori hostel boy here in Christchurch. We weren’t very good as teenage boys.”

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From the Editor

It seems like only a moment ago that we were welcoming our new chief executive, Arihia Bennett to Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. Since then, Hui-ā-Iwi ran over three days at the Lincoln Events Centre and was widely hailed as a success, and Ngāi Tūāhuriri opened their new wharenui, Maahunui II.

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