Education Stories


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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Te Ara Whakatipu

Earlier this year eleven Ngāi Tahu rangatahi experienced Te Ara Whakatipu a seven day hīkoi that follows in the footsteps of their ancestors, on an ancestral trail that travels from Whakatipu-wai-maōri through Whakatipu-katuka and down to Whakatipu-wai-tai. This is achieved through the support of Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio, Ōraka Aparima Rūnaka, Ngāi Tahu Tourism, the…

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Ngāi Tahu Rangatahi SingularityU Summit – Ōtautahi 2016

  Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu are excited to announce a sponsorship opportunity, that aims to support twenty Ngāi Tahu rangatahi (aged 16-25 years) to participate in an international accelerating technologies event in Ōtautahi, the SingularityU New Zealand Summit. Lyndon Waaka, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, External Funding Advisor, says the SingularityU New Zealand Summit…

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Ngāi Tahu internship provides unique opportunities

Sean Bragg is over half way through his two-year internship with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and has already contributed to many important kaupapa across the iwi. He relishes the opportunities and recognises the unique position he is in. Sean grew up in Bluff and acknowledges he will always keep that connection strong. “I was…

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New scholarships for Ngāi Tahu whānui

The Office of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu have created two new scholarships for Ngāi Tahu whānui. These scholarships aim to create pathways for Ngāi Tahu whānui to work in communications and environmental management. They include full fees for study and paid work experience within the Office. To apply for the scholarships go to this…

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Giving back to the community

A group of He Toki civil skills students left their classroom recently to rebuild a deck and repave the pathways at the Spreydon Methodist Church. Reverend Fitifiti Lautua, Centre for Māori and Pasifika Achievement  Mentor, Ara Institute of Canterbury, says these sorts of projects are a great way to give back to the community. “This…

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