Our Stories


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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Postcard from the USA

One hundred white birds stalk through a field. Theme parks, nest-like, crop up out of nowhere. Mara TK documents a frenzied month in the USA as his band, Electric Wire Hustle, attempts to build an audience in the world’s biggest music market.

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From the Editor

One of my first impressions of the Canterbury countryside when I moved to Ōtautahi earlier this year was of the giant irrigation units perched like big metal crows on fields. It was a small inkling of the part water played here.

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From the CEO

This was always going to be a significant year for Ngāi Tahu, with examples of our activity including new and improved agreements with the Ministry of Education, immersing ourselves in earthquake recovery efforts, our participation in national freshwater discussion and increased funding to Papatipu Rūnanga.

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He Kōrerorero
He Pūoro

They don’t look like much, to an undiscerning eye.

Some rocks and bits of wood, a few bones… cordage, and vegetable matter that is not wood.

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Ahakoa He Iti, He Pounamu: Pounamu stamina

When Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio held its first paperless executive meeting, the room reverberated with laughter and puzzling queries as members tried to come to terms with their new Acer Iconica tablets.

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Te Ao o te Māori
Keri Hulme

Keri Hulme (keree hewm) n, v, adj.; Kāi Tahu (Puketeraki, Ōraka-Aparima, Arowhenua, Taumutu, Waihōpai), Ōkarito (38 years), The Bone People. Whakapapa, flags, whiskey, wind, water, praying mantis. Congenial neighbours (Judith and Bill; and Andris up the hill), takaroa, twenty-seven thousand (books), walking sticks, pounamu, Moeraki (soon). Words, rhythm, circumpreambulation, 1972 crown land section (ballot), octagon…

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Manawa Kāi Tahu
Te Kurī o Tūtekohi

Within a few generations after Tahu Pōtiki and Porourangi began living on the East Coast, their descendants were intermarrying with the local Ngāti Ira people and also with the children and grandchildren of Kahungunu, who were more recent arrivals to the Tai Rāwhiti district.

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