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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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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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Ngāi Tahu welcomes appointment of ECan members

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu congratulates Elizabeth Cunningham (Ngāi Tahu – Koukourārata) and Iaean Cranwell (Ngāi Tahu – Wairewa) on their appointment as members of the Environment Canterbury Board. As part of the Environment Canterbury (Transitional Governance Arrangements) Bill, Ngāi Tahu has two appointed members, who will join seven elected councillors and four other government-appointed…

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Ngāi Tahu taonga showcased in Akaroa

A new exhibition has just opened at Akaroa Museum portraying the history of Banks Peninsula. Helen Brown, Senior Researcher – Archives, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, says the exhibition showcases a number of Ngāi Tahu taonga collected by Louis Vangioni. “Louis was a Pākehā collector in the early 20th Century who had close relationships with…

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The changing face of Balmoral Forest

When you drive along the narrow tracks in Balmoral Forest, with dark pines looming overhead, it’s hard to imagine the landscape as productive farmland. Yet the forest landscape is changing and farmland is gradually taking hold. It’s still small scale – just 2,500 hectares of the 9,400 hectare Balmoral Forest has so far been cleared…

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Dart Stables rides into a new era

Ngāi Tahu Tourism today signed an agreement to purchase Glenorchy’s premiere horse-trekking business, Dart Stables. The purchase is an exciting investment for the iwi-owned company, which will become the full owner of Dart Stables, which in turn offers a variety of scenic horse-riding experiences. The area in which Dart Stables operate is internationally recognised for…

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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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