Whānau Stories


Commitment to reducing family violence

In early June over 120 whānau came together at Rehua Marae for the launch of Tū Pono: Te Mana Kaha ō te Whānau. The Tū Pono strategy aims to reduce the impact that family violence is having in families and communities throughout  Te Waipounamu and Aotearoa, and the launch signifies the next phase in bringing…

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Queen’s birthday honours

Over Queen’s birthday weekend a number of Ngāi Tahu whānau were recognised for their outstanding contributions to Aotearoa. Five Ngāi Tahu were recognised; David Higgins, Heitia Hiha, Susan Huria, Fiona Pardington and Staff Sergeant Tina Grant. David Higgins was recognised as an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to Māori….

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Port Hills Fire update

Christchurch Civil Defence Update Sunday 19 February 2017  Media update#31  Managed access to Hoon Hay Valley Road and Kennedys Bush Road.  Around 120 residents are currently at their  Kennedys Bush properties after being granted access at the cordon this morning. The cordon opened at 9am. Residents are also going through the Hoon Hay Valley Road…

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Update on Ōtautahi fires

Kia ora anō tātou, Today we have been blessed with cooler conditions and rain began to fall consistently after midday. Planning is underway to reduce the cordoned areas around the perimeter of the fire, and this afternoon the first cordon was lifted in Cashmere allowing people to return to their homes – positive news for…

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New Bishop of Te Waipounamu

In a service at Ōnuku Marae in January, Richard Rangi Wallace was ordained as the new Bishop of Te Waipounamu. This is the first time a person of Ngāi Tahu whakapapa has held the prestigious position. Bishop Wallace says he was humbled by the 400 people who attended his ordainment ceremony. “I am happy to…

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The business of wool

Young Ngāi Tahu entrepreneur, Lucas Smith has been setting up businesses since he was fifteen. After starting a business selling clothes out of his high school dorm, Lucas has moved on to create his company, Walk On, a company that makes merino wool blister protection product that are 100% natural, ethically farmed and biodegradable. Lucas…

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Dutch Royal visit

As part of Their Majesties Royal tour of New Zealand, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima Zorreguieta were greeted by a pōwhiri at Tuahiwi Marae and visited the Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu corporate office in Christchurch. During their visit they recieved a pounamu taonga, were given a presentation by Tā Mark Solomon and met with Ngāi…

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Holly’s Rio experience

While most people watched the Paralympics on television, Ngāi Tahu athlete, Holly Robinson won a silver medal in the women’s javelin, and was the New Zealand flag bearer at the opening ceremony. In her competition, Holly threw a personal best of 41.22m to secure the silver medal in the javelin and she says it was…

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Atholl Anderson receives Prime Minister’s Award

Ngāi Tahu scholar Atholl Anderson has been honoured with one of the country’s most prestigious awards – the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement (Non-Fiction). This award recognises the hard work and dedication Anderson has shown throughout his career. A book he co-authored, Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History, has now sold 7000 copies and won…

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Materia Hutana selected to represent New Zealand

Materia Hutana has been given a once-in-a-life time opportunity to represent New Zealand as a youth ambassador at the 100-year commemoration of the Battle of Somme in France. Materia (Kai Tahu, Kahungunu, Nga Puhi) says she is honoured and nervous at the opportunity. “When I found out, I was trying not to show any emotion,…

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