Culture Stories


A place to remember

The sixth anniversary of the February 22 earthquake on Wednesday is a significant moment for Cantabrians and for all those affected by the tragic events of that day in 2011. The unveiling of Oi Manawa Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial at the National Dedication and Civic Memorial Service, will give people a dedicated venue to remember…

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Crusaders squad visit Rehua Marae

Over 60 of the Crusaders 2017 squad, including coaching and management staff, attended a brief informal hui at Te Whatu Manawa o Rehua Marae. Joe Moody (Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri) spoke on behalf of the manuhiri at the pōwhiri, thanking those in attendance from Rehua Marae, and connecting back with his Ngāi Tahu whakapapa. Kaumātua, Ruawhitu…

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Celebrating Waitangi Day at Ōtākou Marae

Hundreds of people gathered at Ōtākou marae for the Ngāi Tahu Treaty of Waitangi Festival. Edward Ellison, kaumātua of Ōtākou rūnanga said he was genuinely amazed at the turnout, noting a lot of families came along to enjoy the laid-back festival atmosphere. “This seems to get bigger every year, we see it as a great…

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Ngāi Tahu rangatahi at the forefront of changing technologies

Twenty Ngāi Tahu rangatahi (aged 16-25 years) were given the opportunity to participate in the international accelerating technologies event recently held in Ōtautahi. The three-day SingularityU New Zealand Summit brings together world experts discussing a wide range of accelerating technologies. Lyndon Waaka, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu External Funding Advisor, said the SingularityU New Zealand…

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Arowhenua open new Te Hapa o Niu Tireni

A huge crowd of over 500 Ngāi Tahu ki Arowhenua whānau and invited guests gathered for the opening of the new Kāti Huirapa whare, Te Hapa o Niu Tireni on Saturday 12 November, despite the drizzling rain and cold conditions. The $3.3 million, state-of-the-art complex has been under construction for 10 months and fundraising and…

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Michael Skerrett retires

After twenty years in his role as Kaupapa Taiao manager at Te Ao Marama Inc, Michael Skerrett retired in September leaving an enviable legacy. Michael (Ngāi Tahu – Waihōpai), was involved in setting up a Southland model that has ensured iwi views are a strong and valued part of council decision-making, and that remains one…

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 Final inscribed panel placed on front of Memorial Wall

The final inscribed marble panel on the front of the Memorial Wall has been placed. The Memorial Wall forms part of the Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial, a space on the banks of the Ōtākaro/Avon River where people can reflect on the events that changed Canterbury forever – paying respect to the 185 people who lost…

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Making the Connection

As part of its new Making the Connection strategy and in recognition of long service, Ngāi Tahu Tourism has gifted 330 pounamu toki to staff who have worked at least 500 hours for the organisation. Presentation ceremonies have been held at the Ngāi Tahu Tourism businesses throughout the country, with Ngāi Tahu kaumātua present to…

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Ngāi Tahu taonga showcased in Akaroa

A new exhibition has just opened at Akaroa Museum portraying the history of Banks Peninsula. Helen Brown, Senior Researcher – Archives, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, says the exhibition showcases a number of Ngāi Tahu taonga collected by Louis Vangioni. “Louis was a Pākehā collector in the early 20th Century who had close relationships with…

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Hui-ā-Tau 2016

Te Rūnanga o Koukourārata, in conjunction with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, invite you to attend Hui-ā-Tau 2016, which will be held at Koukourārata Marae, on Saturday, 19 November starting at 9.30am. This is a great chance to catch up with whānau and to hear first-hand from Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu about the achievements…

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