Rūnanga Stories


New investment in the Tai Poutini economy

With strong iwi involvement, the Government has announced a $36 million action plan to enhance economic development in Tai Poutini. Lisa Tumahai, Kaiwhakahaere of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, says the new funding is a great boost for the region. “We have worked side-by-side with the government to create this action plan and it is…

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Marae development underway

Several Papatipu Rūnanga are currently completing development projects at their marae. Among those working on everything from minor renovations to full building projects are Waihao, Arowhenua, Hokonui, Rāpaki and Koukourārata. For Waihao Marae, building developments will allow marae staff more space to work and host their guests. Rūnanga Chair Graeme Lane says developments have come…

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Manawa Kāi Tahu

Today success for Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu has an ever increasing number and range of measures. There are multiple bottom lines these days that span culture, environment, social and economic outcomes for whānau, hapū and iwi. Ngāi Tahu values such as tikanga, kaitiakitanga, rangatiratanga and whanaungatanga, make up the framework for how we should…

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Pānui from Tā Mark Solomon

It will be clear to you and many others that the descendants of Kurī are facing a challenging time. It is extremely difficult to live within a community with the knowledge that some of your whānau have been the perpetrators of or victims of sexual abuse.

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Connection to land vital for Whanau Ora

Over 70 people gathered at Tutehuarewa Marae at Koukourārata (Port Levy), Banks Peninsula on Saturday for the launch of a new venture Te Wānanga Taiao ō Koukourārata that will support Koukourārata whānau to develop land enterprises through a market garden concept. The close relationship between whānau and whenua (the land) provides the foundation for the…

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Celebrating Matariki

The coming of takurua (winter) and the rising of the Matariki star constellation signals the beginning of the Māori New Year. Historically for Māori, the sighting of the Matariki star constellation helped them to better understand the seasons, navigate safely while on waka voyages and predict the fertility of the whenua (land) in order to…

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Gecko conservation success

In March, the first geckos retrieved from the bluffs above Rāpaki after the Christchurch earthquake, were released into their new home at Riccarton Bush. Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke, represented by Yvette Couch-Lewis, formally handed over the kaitiakitanga of the gecko from her rohe in the Port Hills to that of Ngāi Tūāhuriri, represented by…

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Apprenticeship scheme launched

The He Toki ki te Mahi Apprenticeship Training Trust was launched by Prime Minister, the Rt Hon John Key at Rehua Marae in Christchurch last night. Around 200 people gathered at the marae to welcome the Prime Minister and the Hon. Te Ururoa Flavell, Minister for Maori Development and Whanau Ora, Christchurch Mayor, Leanne Dalzeil…

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Wind turbine for Te Rau Aroha Marae

Bluff’s Te Rau Aroha Marae is getting its very own wind turbine, thought to be a first for New Zealand. “We wanted to support (Awarua Synergy) and put our money where our mouth is”, Te Rūnaka o Awarua chairman Hana Morgan said. Owned by Te Rūnaka o Awarua, Awarua Synergy specialises in efficient energy solutions…

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