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Hui-ā-Tau 2016

Te Rūnanga o Koukourārata, in conjunction with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, invite you to attend Hui-ā-Tau 2016, which will be held at Koukourārata Marae, on Saturday, 19 November starting at 9.30am. This is a great chance to catch up with whānau and to hear first-hand from Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu about the achievements…

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Kyle Davis exploring the Yukon

Kyle Davis, Environmental Advisor, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, has spent the last six weeks away from his desk getting work experience in the Yukon Territory. Kyle (Ngāi Tahu) was part of a team of eight archaeologists working at an excavation site in the Yukon/Alaska Borderlands attempting to find White River First Nation artefacts. “Our…

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PRAG 2016 Refresh – Live Stream

The Papatipu Rūnanga Aspirations Group (PRAG) 2016 Refresh took place over two weekends in September, at Te Whare o Te Waipounamu. This event was live streamed to allow whānau the opportunity to view the proceedings even if you are unable to attend. You can view the recordings below. Part one Streamed live on Aug 21,…

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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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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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Ngāi Tahu athlete named as Paralympic flag bearer

Javelin thrower Holly Robinson (Ngāi Tahu) has been named the flag bearer for the New Zealand Paralympic team competing in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from September 7-18. Speaking in the lead-up to the games, Holly said it was “an amazing feeling and a huge honour” to be named flag-bearer. She said all the athlete had…

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Wave barrier at Te Waihora a first of its kind

A 100m long wave barrier on the south western side of Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere has been placed to enable submerged plants, known as macrophytes, to become established. NIWA freshwater ecologist Mary de Winton believed the barrier to be the first of its kind in the world for this purpose. “This barrier idea was conceived by…

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Events

Naia Te Toa

Naia Te Toa, ngā rūnanga sports day, will be held in Christchurch on 11 March 2017. The day will bring whānau from around the takiwā together to catch-up, play sports, and enjoy some laughs and kai. Sports are as follows: Mixed Open Grade – Touch and Netball Kaumātua – Indoor bowls, Line Dancing and Euchre…

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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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