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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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From the CEO

I am at the start of a new chapter in my career and, although I like Madonna, I am not about to reinvent myself as I know I will need to draw on my past experiences to provide a baseline when making courageous leadership decisions.

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Te Ao o te Māori
Pā Kids

This group of six enthusiastic and talented Ngāi Tahu tamariki and rangatahi have taken over their aunty’s basement garage and turned it into a practice room. Every week for the past 10 months they have been learning to play and sing together.

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Manawa Kāi Tahu
Te Heke o Pūraho

By the time they had migrated to the Wairarapa the descendants of Tahu Pōtiki were travelling with an extended kinship group that had broken away from iwi in the East Coast and Hawkes Bay.

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