Relationship Stories


Ngāi Tahu shares knowledge with Inuit visitors

In late April a group of Inuit college students from Canada’s Arctic visited New Zealand to meet with Ngāi Tahu to share cultural and historic experiences. As part of their trip the college students visited Ngāi Tahu Papatipu Rūnanga and Te Whare o Te Waipounamu. Kristen Ungungai-Kownak, one of the visiting Inuit students said that…

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Practising Māori law

Working at the Ngāi Tahu Māori Law Centre isn’t just a job for Haines Ellison, it’s a way to help others. Haines (Ngāi Tahu – Kāti Huirapa), graduated from Otago University with a double degree in law and geography and began working at the Ngāi Tahu Māori Law Centre as a law clerk in January…

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Earn while you learn – Technical Cadetship jobs available now

A little bit of history about the Cadetship Following the Canterbury earthquakes, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu joined forces with Aurecon to create opportunities for Ngāi Tahu in the Canterbury rebuild. Aurecon have delivered some award winning projects all over the world providing engineering, management and specialist technical services. For more information about Aurecon go…

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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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Canterbury Plant Out

Registrations are now open for the 2014 Canterbury Plantout – two fun-filled days organised by Te Ara Kākāriki and its partners – including Whakaora Te Waihora. The two days are designed to encourage locals to plant native plants that will help build a green corridor for native birds, running from the mountains to the sea….

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Taiaroa launched

A few weeks ago, members of the Taiaroa whānau and Te Rūnanga ō Ōtākou welcomed Port Otago’s new tug Taiaroa, as it entered Otago Harbour for the first time. Officially launched at a ceremony at Port Chalmers on August 5, the $11 million tug joins the port’s other tugs Karetai and Rangi. Te Rūnanga o…

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Whakaora Te Waihora staff plant-out

Around sixty volunteers gathered at Ahuriri Lagoon in late May for the first Whakaora Te Waihora staff plant-out for Ngāi Tahu, Environment Canterbury, Department of Conservation and Te Ara Kākāriki staff. The plant-out was just one part of the greater Whakaora Te Waihora restoration planting programme that aims to restore native vegetation specific to different…

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Heading for Los Angeles

Sade Elle’ Gemmell (Ngāti Kurī) of Christchurch, is heading for Los Angeles to take part in a prestigious Music Immersive programme after beating 1,400 contestants from around the world. Sade, 18, is passionate about music and has been singing since she was 12. As the winner of the Star Now Music Immersive competition for 2014,…

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Canterbury DHB & Council land swap receives stamp of approval

The Canterbury District Health Board has acknowledged the cooperation of Ngāi Tahu, who played a critical role in enabling an important land swap. The land swap will allow space for a state-of-the-art acute services wing to be built behind Christchurch Women’s Hospital. For more information about the land swap visit the CDHB      

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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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