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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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Te Ao o te Māori
Sinead Foster

“Before we can rebuild Christchurch, we have to pull a lot of it down,” says Sinead Foster. The 21-year-old from Hokitika understands this better than most because she spends her days in the city’s CBD red zone working for a local demolition company.

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Manawa Kāi Tahu
Waiata mō Huirapa

Following the incident with Tūtekohi the descendants of Rakawahakura moved further south and settled in the Hawke’s Bay area. His granddaughter, Tūhaitara, married Marukore who belonged to the local tangata whenua, a little-known iwi called Te Kāhea. They had 11 children, many of whom are founding ancestors of senior Ngāi Tahu hapū.

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Kai
Reviving the old ways

Spend time in the cookhouse and you will learn not just about mahinga kai, but also about your whakapapa. Karl Russell shares early memories of Arowhenua and his future ambition to develop modern kai karts.

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Hei Mahi Māra
Māra kai aroaromahana 2012

Spring is my favorite time of year. As a gardener, I get to be outside in the sunshine and participate in the kaitiakitanga of ushering in the miracle of life as tiny seeds and seedlings start their new cycle in the whenua.

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He Whakaaro
Riverbeds as well as water rights

Ownership of the beds of rivers is important because that is where dams and other water control structures are located. Whoever owns the river bed can control access to it to maintain those structures and to build new ones.

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