Communication Stories


The Murihiku Deed of 1853

In 1853, Mantell was given the task of acquiring over 7 million acres for £2,600 in the Southland region. After negotiation the Deed of Purchase was signed on 17 August 1853. As in other purchases Mantell had negotiated, he was given the power to set aside reserves for Ngāi Tahu as he thought to be…

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The Arahura Deed, 1860

Assistant Native Secretary and Assistant Land Purchase Commissioner James Mackay Junior first visited Te Tai Poutini in 1857 from Collingwood. He was greeted courteously at Māwhera (Greymouth) by Werita Tainui’s older brother Tarapuhi, who was said to be a very well made, muscular man over six feet in height. Mackay told Tarapuhi that his land…

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Ngāi Tahu recognised in prestigious planning awards

In April, Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri Rūnanga and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu were awarded two prestigious awards from the New Zealand Planning Institute at the annual conference held in Wellington. The Draft Waimakariri Residential Red Zone Recovery Plan released in February 2016, won two titles at the awards: the Best Practice in Strategic Planning and…

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Statement from Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu

Statement from Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Interim Kaiwhakahaere, Lisa Tumahai, on behalf of the Representatives of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu (Te Rūnanga). “Comments made by Tā Mark Solomon on Maori Television’s Native Affairs last night in relation to the CEO of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Arihia Bennett, are not supported by the…

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Connecting iwi – a new way forward

As Hori Mataki reflects on how far he and the Digital Natives team have come in the development of IwiNet, he is excited about the potential technology has to connect every Māori with their whānau. “For us, it has always been about finding a way to use technology to overcome the sense of dislocation and…

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Port Hills Fire Update

Port Hills Fire Public Update – Thursday 23 February Public Update – 1pm Fire operations Fire services advise that 90% of the fire perimeter area is now considered to be controlled. Controlled is defined as bare earth or blacked out ground for at least 10 metres. About 100 people are working in the fire area…

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Kaiwhakahaere election process

At its hui on the 18th of February 2017, at Te Koawa Tūroa o Tākitimu, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu resolved to pause the election process for the Kaiwhakahaere. The decision to pause this process was not taken lightly, but it was considered appropriate to allow time for Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu to carry out a review of the Kaiwhakahaere role.

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Port Hills fires

The office of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu is working across a number of fronts to support our whānau and staff affected by the fires which continue to burn on the Port Hills above Ōtautahi.

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Assistance for those affected by fires

Update: 7:40am, 16 February
Nga Hau e Wha Marae in Pages Rd is now open and available if you need a bed or assistance.
Remember – anyone affected by the fires in Ōtautahi are urged to seek assistance.
Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu are able to offer help to those in need, please phone – 021 248 2242.

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