Investment Stories


Exciting opportunity for Kristen Kohere-Soutar

Kristen Kohere-Soutar (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Porou and Rongowhakaata) is set to move from being the Chair of Whai Rawa to take up a new challenge on the board of Mercer New Zealand. Mercer is one of the world’s leading firms for superannuation, investments, health and human resources consulting and products. Martin Lewington, Chief Executive Officer,…

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Recovery of ancestral land celebrated at Pita Te Hori Centre opening

On the road to settlement, a team of astute negotiators set up the Ngāi Tahu Land Bank – an arrangement with the Crown which gave the tribe the opportunity to ‘bank’ land that was surplus to Crown requirements in order to prevent it from being sold. This was an innovative solution which freed up Ngāi…

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Funding announced for state-of-the-art facility in Tekapo

Earth & Sky Limited Partnership, a joint venture between Earth & Sky and Ngāi Tahu Tourism, has welcomed today’s announcement from Prime Minister John Key that the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) will co-fund the construction of an International Astronomy Centre on the shores of Lake Tekapo, through its Tourism Growth Partnership. The…

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The changing face of Balmoral Forest

When you drive along the narrow tracks in Balmoral Forest, with dark pines looming overhead, it’s hard to imagine the landscape as productive farmland. Yet the forest landscape is changing and farmland is gradually taking hold. It’s still small scale – just 2,500 hectares of the 9,400 hectare Balmoral Forest has so far been cleared…

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Dart Stables rides into a new era

Ngāi Tahu Tourism today signed an agreement to purchase Glenorchy’s premiere horse-trekking business, Dart Stables. The purchase is an exciting investment for the iwi-owned company, which will become the full owner of Dart Stables, which in turn offers a variety of scenic horse-riding experiences. The area in which Dart Stables operate is internationally recognised for…

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Tribal wealth continues to grow whānau wellbeing

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu has achieved another strong financial performance with a profit of $168.73m (post distribution) for the year ended 30 June 2016. “Naturally we are delighted by this result, not only is it testament to the performance of our long-term investment strategy but more importantly this positive growth in our pūtea enables…

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Changing lives  

  Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu has over eighty initiatives in varying stages of progress, covering a wide range of approaches focussed on achieving positive outcomes for whānau transformation. As the South Island commissioning agency for Whānau Ora, Te Pūtahitanga has received funding applications from the Catlins to Motueka and the Chatham islands to Hokitika…

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Stars align for Ngāi Tahu Tourism and Earth & Sky

Ngāi Tahu Tourism has today announced that it will enter into a joint venture with Earth & Sky, the Tekapo-based stargazing and observatory tours operator. Ngāi Tahu Tourism Chief Executive Quinton Hall says the partnership will further enhance both businesses. “This joint venture is a great fit for Ngāi Tahu Tourism and aligns with our…

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Road Trip

The South Island Whanau Ora commissioning agency, Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu is not sitting in its Christchurch office waiting for action, it’s taking to the highways on a regular basis engaging with people and spreading the word about the innovative nature of Whanau Ora and what is being achieved with public funding. In August,…

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Helping whānau with home ownership

Over the last decade Whai Rawa has helped 312 whānau buy their first home. David Tikao, Programme Leader – Whai Rawa, says over $1.2 million has been withdrawn by members to assist them into their first home. “In our current economic climate it’s really tough to get on the property ladder so Whai Rawa helps…

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