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Ngāi Tahu Tourism takes to the skies with new purchase

Ngāi Tahu Tourism has signed a deal to purchase Queenstown’s leading scenic helicopter business, Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters. The purchase is a significant investment for Ngāi Tahu Tourism which will become the full owner of Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters, which offers scenic flights and luxury charter services. Ngāi Tahu Tourism Chief Executive, Quinton Hall, says…

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Mahinga Kai funding applications increase.

The Ngāi Tahu Fund has $5,000 available to each of the eighteen Papatipu Rūnanga through its Mahinga Kai Enhancement Fund for creating  planned activities around mahinga kai projects. Senior Funds Advisor Helen Thoms says that having clarity around Papatipu Rūnanga planned activities for mahinga kai can help the fund plan for future funding needs. The…

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Go Bus invests $11m in Christchurch urban passenger fleet

    New Zealand’s biggest and most diverse bus operator Go Bus Transport is investing $11 million in 27 new buses for its Christchurch urban passenger fleet as part of a strategy to improve bus patronage. The new buses will replace older vehicles in the company’s existing fleet in the region, and Go Bus plans…

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Celebrating ten years of Whai Rawa

In the last decade Whai Rawa funds under management have risen to $52-million with nearly 2000 whānau who have been helped into new homes, tertiary education or retirement. David Tikao, Whai Rawa Programme Leader, says much of the success has come from member buy-in. “We have nearly 22,000 members and to date we have helped…

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Ten years of success

Three key Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu programmes celebrate their tenth anniversary this year. Aoraki Bound, the Ngāi Tahu Fund and Whai Rawa were designed to help grow and strengthen Ngāi Tahu whānau culturally and financially, and over the past ten years they have done exactly that. Arihia Bennett, Chief Executive Officer, Te Rūnanga o…

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Seeking comment on climate change

The Strategy and Influence team at Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu has embarked on a new workstream to ensure Ngāi Tahu continues to progress culturally and economically through climate change. Chris Brankin (Ngāi Tahu), Policy Advisor, Strategy and Influence, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, says climate change is not a new phenomenon for the mahi…

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No ordinary life

The day I pulled into the driveway of Routeburn Station, it was pouring with rain and Anne Percy was heaving a laden wheelbarrow filled with gravel. She was drenched. As it turned out, it was just another day on the Ngāi Tahu high country stations at the head of Lake Whakatipu and for Anne and…

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Kitchen koha

    The gift of a slow cooker and an in-house recipe book to all farm workers and families is the latest Ngāi Tahu Farming initiative designed to encourage engagement and healthy living within the Te Whenua Hou farming community in North Canterbury. Ngāi Tahu Farming General Manager – People and Development, Claire Bourne says…

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Enhanced efforts to restore Wainono Lagoon

In July Te Rūnanga o Waihao Incorporated received over $500,000 in Te Mana o Te Wai funding from the Ministry for the Environment for restoration work on Wainono Lagoon. Graeme Lane, Chairperson, Te Rūnanga o Waihao Incorporated, says the rūnanga are delighted to receive the funding. “The lagoon is one of our top priorities and…

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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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