Education Stories


Building success

Being able to say he built a house was something Adam Lord would not have dreamed of when he signed up to He Toki in 2011. But this year working for McKenzie Builders, Adam has officially completed his first build. While Adam (Ngāi Tahu, Tuwharetoa, Te Whānau a Apanui, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu) had been…

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Connecting Ngāi Tahu whānau to grow our iwi capability

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu is proud to announce the launch of Te Pou Here – an exciting new tool to grow iwi capability and lift the horizon of opportunity for whānau members – wherever you are in the world. Te Pou Here refers to the mooring post and stems from “te pou here takata,…

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Partnership with MYD showing promising results

Earlier this year Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu announced they would match funding with the Ministry of Youth Development (MYD) to provide $100,000 of programme support to Ngāi Tahu rangatahi. The agreement saw the Government and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu each invest $50,000 in a pilot programme to grow youth development opportunities. The following…

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Te Ara Raukura builds on success

In its second year, Te Ara Ruakura, is building momentum, enhancing the leadership capability of just under 140 young Māori, and supporting tauira and whānau to build stronger connections to culture, language and identity. Te Ara Ruakura is a partnership between Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri, Te Tapuae o Rēhua, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu with seven…

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Rakiura Deed – 1864

The Rakiura (Stewart Island) Deed of Purchase was signed at Awarua (Bluff) on 29 June, 1864 by 34 Ngāi Tahu signatories. It gave ownership of Rakiura to the Queen, together with “all the large islands and all the small islands adjacent.” This was the last of the major land purchases in Te Waipounamu. The price…

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Kemp’s Deed, 1848

The Canterbury Purchase, commonly referred to as Kemp’s Deed, was signed by a group of Ngāi Tahu chiefs on board the HM Sloop Fly in Akaroa Harbour on 12 June, 1848. It was the largest of all the Crown purchases from Ngāi Tahu and the least carefully transacted. In 1848, Henry Tacy Kemp, acting on…

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He Toki success

A magical combination of wishful thinking and pro-activity changed Ana Mayo’s life, energising her for a career in electrical engineering. Mayo, raised at White Rock, near Rangiora, says her fortunes turned for the better after she gave up a workaday job in a Christchurch skincare factory. At the time, Mayo was struggling for direction, both…

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Ngāi Tahu rangatahi follows her passion

Alex Kitson, the 2016 recipient of the Beca Scholarship, is excited about her new position at Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu as a member of the Puna Mahara team within Te Ao Tūroa. Ngāi Tahu and Beca formed a partnership in 2015, which resulted in a new and exciting one year scholarship opportunity available to…

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Rangatahi learn to code

In late January over 40 Ngāi Tahu rangatahi took part in a coding wānanga run by the Ngāi Tūāhuriri Education Committee, Ngāi Tahu Funds, Tribal Economies,  the University of Canterbury and the University of Delaware. Ngāi Tahu rangatahi and computer science students from the University of Delaware took part in a powhiri and workshop at…

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He Toki Apprentice Trust Expanding

The He Toki Apprenticeship Trust, which has successfully recruited over 50 apprentices for the construction sector in a little over a year, is expanding into civil construction through a partnership with City Care in a joint venture partnership with JFC. These new agreements will allow He Toki to not only support Canterbury, but also the…

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