Culture Stories


Pounamu taonga showcased in Paris

Earlier this month an exhibition of more than 200 pounamu taonga opened at Musée du quai Branly-Jacques Chirac, in Paris. The exhibition was created by Te Papa with collaboration from Ngāi Tahu and features pounamu taonga from all tribal areas of New Zealand.  The exhibition is called ‘La pierre sacrée des Māori’ (the sacred Māori…

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Celebrating Te Kerēme – the Ngāi Tahu Claim

On 21 November 1997, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and the Crown signed the Ngāi Tahu Deed of Settlement at Takahanga Marae, a significant milestone in settling 150 years of grievances, hardships and negotiations since the beginning of Te Kerēme – the Ngāi Tahu Claim. The Deed of Settlement provided acknowledgement from the Crown of…

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Waitaha at Te Matatini 2017

  The newly founded Waitaha kapa haka team Te Poutūmārō, competed at their first Te Matatini festival in Hawkes Bay Sports Park, in Hastings on February 22-26. Te Poutūmārō competed alongside three other teams representing the South Island and all gave their best performance over the four-day event. Along with the three other Waitaha groups,…

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New Te Matatini trophy gifted by Poutini Ngāi Tahu

A new trophy, Te Tai Pūkarukaru o Poutini,  gifted by representatives from Poutini Ngāi Tahu was awarded for excellence in te reo written composition at Te Matatini 2017 in Hawkes Bay. Te Tai Pūkarukaru o Poutini – the gentle rippling waves of the Poutini coast – was presented to the category winners Te Matarae I…

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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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