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Arowhenua open new Te Hapa o Niu Tireni

A huge crowd of over 500 Ngāi Tahu ki Arowhenua whānau and invited guests gathered for the opening of the new Kāti Huirapa whare, Te Hapa o Niu Tireni on Saturday 12 November, despite the drizzling rain and cold conditions. The $3.3 million, state-of-the-art complex has been under construction for 10 months and fundraising and…

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An earthquake message from Tā Mark Solomon

Kia hiwa rā, kia hiwa rā. Kua pōkarekare te Tai o Marokura. Kua oho, kua nekeneke anō a Rūaumoko i tō Kurī takiwā. Auē, tō Ngāi Tahu mārino, memeha e! Hī ake ana he rā whawhati kō. Ko ngā ihu ki te one, ko rau ringa ki te manaaki. Tēnā anō tātou katoa Once again…

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Michael Skerrett retires

After twenty years in his role as Kaupapa Taiao manager at Te Ao Marama Inc, Michael Skerrett retired in September leaving an enviable legacy. Michael (Ngāi Tahu – Waihōpai), was involved in setting up a Southland model that has ensured iwi views are a strong and valued part of council decision-making, and that remains one…

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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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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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 Final inscribed panel placed on front of Memorial Wall

The final inscribed marble panel on the front of the Memorial Wall has been placed. The Memorial Wall forms part of the Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial, a space on the banks of the Ōtākaro/Avon River where people can reflect on the events that changed Canterbury forever – paying respect to the 185 people who lost…

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Tourism Scholarship Win for Ngāi Tahu Student

Tia Taiaroa is the first recipient of Ngāi Tahu Tourism’s Te Pia Tāpoi Scholarship for Ngāi Tahu students studying towards a tourism qualification. “I’m really excited about the Te Pia Tāpoi scholarship,” Tia says. “It will give me the opportunity to explore the tourism industry and hopefully meet some amazing people.” Tia is currently working…

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Making the Connection

As part of its new Making the Connection strategy and in recognition of long service, Ngāi Tahu Tourism has gifted 330 pounamu toki to staff who have worked at least 500 hours for the organisation. Presentation ceremonies have been held at the Ngāi Tahu Tourism businesses throughout the country, with Ngāi Tahu kaumātua present to…

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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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Media

Hurunui/Kaikōura Earthquake legislation

The Government today introduced the Hurunui/Kaikōura Earthquakes Emergency Relief Bill and the Civil Defence Emergency Management Amendment Act 2016 Amendment Bill to Parliament. The Government has also indicated a third Bill, the Hurunui/Kaikoura Earthquake Recovery Bill, will be introduced to the House on Thursday. Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu welcomes the introduction of these Bills…

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Whakaraupō initiative

A new initiative to restore the health of Lyttelton Harbour/Whakaraupō was launched today. The initiative will see five major players in the management of Whakaraupō/ Lyttelton Harbour – Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Environment Canterbury, Christchurch City Council, and the Lyttelton Port Company – join forces to create an action…

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