Ngāi Tahu Fund Stories


Whenua Hou

Ngāi Tahu carver James York (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Māmoe, Waitaha, Rapuwai) is carving pou to be erected on Whenua Hou to honour the unique connection of Ngāi Tahu with the island. Nā Kahu Te Whaiti. Whenua Hou, an island north-west of Rakiura, was an important stopping point for muttonbirders travelling to the Tītī islands. In…

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Ngāti Waewae opens new whare tipuna

A huge crowd of Ngāi Tahu iwi and guests gathered for the opening of the new Ngāti Waewae whare tipuna, Tūhuru on Friday 21 November, despite torrential rain and cold conditions. The $5.5 million, state-of-the-art complex has been under construction for five years and is the first dedicated marae at Arahura in 145 years. The…

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Hui-ā-Tau 2014

Ngāi Tahu whānui have been challenged to think out to 2050 at today’s Hui-ā-Tau. Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Kaiwhakahaere, Tā Mark Solomon, says that post-Settlement the iwi had prepared a robust vision to take it to 2025 but that was now only ten years away and the time had come to start thinking beyond…

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The Last Maopo

A rare account of a Māori soldier’s experience of the First World War will be launched at Ngāti Moki Marae, Taumutu on ANZAC Day, to coincide with the 100th anniversary of WWI. “The Last Maopo,” is the story of Lance Corporal Wiremu Kaihau Maopo, who joined the 2nd Māori Contingent in the First World War….

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Book details family history

After more than six years of researching and piecing together family history, Virginia (Ginnie) Mayo  (Ngāi Tahu), of Little Akaloa, has produced her book “William ‘The Carpenter’ from Wiltshire.’ Virginia, who is the great-great-granddaughter of William Gilbert and Heni Te Marino, has written to dozens of contacts over the last six years, many of whom…

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Unique voyaging opportunity

Ngāi Tahu whānau will have a rare opportunity to stand on the deck of the magnificent voyaging waka, Haunui, when it sails down to Te Tai o Araiteuru (the southern east coast) at the beginning of March. Haunui is the double-hulled voyaging waka that recently completed a 25,000 nautical mile voyage as part of Te…

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Haka kids

Ōraka-Aparima kapa haka practising at Takutai o te Tīitīi Marae, Ōraka (Colac Bay) for the upcoming Te Atakura Festival

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Murihiku Rangatahi Tumeke Camp

Rangatahi Tumeke held their second outdoor camp in Te Ākau Tai Toka (the Catlins). Ten Ngāi Tahu rangatahi, aged 10–16 , attended and many of their whānau came to tautoko and manaaki us with different activities.

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Te Atakura

Time to dust-off the poi and warm up the voice because Te Atakura is just around the corner. Te Atakura is the non-competitive Ngāi Tahu whānau kapa haka event. It’s a great time to catch up with whānau and friends, kōrero with our aunties, uncles, taua, pōua and moko, gossip with our mates, watch some…

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Fusion Dance Crew

The latest Fusion Dance Crew wānanga on the West Coast. Several times a year during school holidays Ngāti Waewae tamariki learn dance moves under the fierce eye of Chantal Tumahai. The wānanga are sponsored by the Ngāi Tahu Fund. This video was created by Sampson Karst.

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