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Ngā Take Pūtea
Outside the box, into a new home

“You WHAT?” This was the reaction when 20-year-old Ondine Grace told her friends that she was buying her first whare. Even more shocking for some of her friends, who had see-money-and-spend-it tendencies, was that Ondine had saved $22,000.

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Understanding Aoraki

Aoraki Bound alumni reach new heights.
From a distance Aoraki is a quiet stunning vista. Close up, the sound of avalanches rumble through the valley, and sightseeing helicopters and planes fly above. And as you get closer, the ridges of Aoraki get steeper and his boulders get bigger.

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Fresh Take

In the often ugly debate on water management, a strong Māori voice was missing until now. Can a new spirit of consensus end the water wars?

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On a national scale

So far, five of the 10 CWMS Zone Committees have produced implementation programmes, with the others expected later this year. Also, the regional committee has produced its plan.

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Everyone is a winner

Environment Canterbury commissioner David Bedford, who sits on the CWMS Hurunui-Waiau Zone Committee, believes the consensus approach has been hugely successful, given committee members’ divergent positions when they came to the table.

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Relativity Speaking

The relativity clause built into the Ngāi Tahu Settlement is predicted to come into force within the next twelve months. What does it mean for the iwi?

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Karanga – A call from the heart

A spiritual call heard across many generations, it is the first voice heard from marae and epitomises the power of Māori women. TE KARAKA speaks with Ngāi Tahu kaikaranga about the ritual of the karanga, its evolution, and challenges.

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Befitting the occasion

The more important the occasion, the more kaikaranga are involved in the pōwhiri. At the Crown Apology to Ngāi Tahu at Ōnuku Marae in 1998, several kaikaranga were chosen on the basis of their representation of the different takiwā, their whakapapa to certain key individuals within the Ngāi Tahu Whānui, and their recognition as experienced…

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