Our Stories

Toi Iho
Bringing soul to the rebuild

In the wake of the 2011 earthquake, mana whenua Ngāi Tūāhuriri realised that one way to bring meaning to the destruction in central Christchurch was to get involved in the recovery process, and ensure that Ngāi Tūāhuriri/Ngāi Tahu identity is visible in the city.

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Te Heke ki Korotuaheka

The route to and from the inland plains, where tī kōuka and weka were harvested, is an old one, and the Te Maiharoa family have been travelling it for a long time. In 2012 the whānau retraced the trail of their ancestors from the coast to present-day Ōmārama, and in 2016, it was time to walk the return journey, tracing the Waitaki River back to coastal Korotuaheka.

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A Sweet Deal

Now mānuka is the basis of a multi-million dollar industry that has sprung up in a short space of time, and is on a growth curve that even the dairy industry can’t match.

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He Aitaka a Tāne
Wharariki easily mistaken for versatile cousin

Although they are widely known as flaxes, wharariki and harakeke are actually lilies. The two species are usually found in different environments, but do cross-breed and hybridise. Horticulturists have bred many coloured ornamental forms that are widely used in landscaping, and some well-known cultivars used by weavers are hybrids.

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Hei Mahi Māra
Biologically intensive gardening

During Waitangi weekend I was fortunate enough to attend a two-day workshop in Christchurch entitled the “Six Figure Farming NZ Tour”. Two Canadian micro-market gardeners shared their stories and skills on how to successfully run two very different yet very profitable small-scale organic vegetable growing operations. The term “Six Figure Farming” comes from their realisation that it’s possible to make more than $100,000 per acre in gross income with a general profit margin of around 40–60%.

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Reviews
Books

It is very fitting that this review appears in TE KARAKA, because of the connection between Te Whiti and his followers, and their enforced presence in our rohe. It’s some time since I’d read Dick Scott’s Ask That Mountain, so Danny Keenan’s book is a welcome refresher. It is a readable, inspiring, but ultimately sad tale about power and injustice.

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He Tangata
Tihou Weepu

In 2015 Tihou was the recipient of the Vodafone World of Difference Scholarship, which awarded him $100,000 to put towards the creation of a rangatahi kaupapa now known as Tuia Te Tai Poutini. He is employed by WestREAP (Rural Education Activities Programme) as a Kaitautoko Rangatahi. His role is to co-facilitate leadership wānanga, and develop new and innovative ways to help rangatahi build a connection to people and place.

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Aoraki Bound welcomes new alumni

Fourteen Aoraki Bound participants joined alumni at the end of their mid-March Aoraki Bound journey from Anakiwa at the top of Te Waipounamu to the foot of Aoraki. James MacTaggart (Ngāi Tahu) was one of those participants and he says the impact of the journey has been significant for him. “Aoraki Bound was amazing, and…

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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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