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Mātauranga Māori Māra Kai

I have been involved with the ‘Building Māori Organic Land Use Project’ with Te Atawhai o Te Ao, an independent Māori research organisation. The project focused on interviewing a wide range of Māori with experience in māra kai to identify the traditional mātauranga and kaitiakitanga basis to Māori organics.

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Sheltering toetoe

Toetoe are our largest native grasses. They are hardy, abundant and commonly found anywhere from swamps and riverbanks to sand dunes, forest margins and dry hillsides between sea level and the subalpine zones of Aotearoa.

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Reviews

It’s a little unclear who the intended audience is for several recent books of essays by predominantly academic authors from Huia Publishers. The books are textbooks possibly, for while they all have interesting topics, they are not exactly bedside reading. This volume is entirely by Māori Massey University academic staff.

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Neena Woodgate

Neena Woodgate, 17, was chosen for the Aotearoa Māori Netball Secondary School team this year, the only kōtiro from Te Waipounamu. Within 10 days of being named in the squad, Neena was immersed in a two-day training camp in Auckland, and was then off to Adelaide for the Trans-Tasman Secondary Schools tournament.

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Postcard from Antarctica

The journey for many Ngāi Tahu has involved tracing the steps of their tīpuna. Irene Schroder documents the journey of three Ngāi Tahu women on a ship to Antarctica.

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Ahikā Kai – Food from the home fires

Wild, Māori food – it’s what Ngāi Tahu tīpuna ate and traded. Now iwi pilot programme Ahikā Kai is set to revolutionise the way small whānau and iwi-based food businesses operate and market their products.

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Tuna Tactics

Habitat loss and decades of commercial overfishing of eels are causing a worldwide trend in declining eel stocks. The issue is of great concern for Moeraki, Arowhenua and Waihao rūnanga, as they seek to turn back the environmental clock for tuna in Te Waipounamu.

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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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