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My tamariki were amazed by this story about Tamanui and through this book increased their knowledge about the survival of one of our most endangered birds, the kōkako, since the arrival of predator animals in our forests. This story tells of how Tamanui became the last surviving member of his family – or so he thought. He sets off on a journey to find a new home when he hears new kōkako birdsong… however it was a trick and he was captured instead! In time, under the protection of the people of Ngāti Tama in Taranaki, Tamanui finds a new family and the kōkako of the Moki Forest can continue to regenerate once more.

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He Tangata
Mary Kamo

Through her extensive involvement in the local community, Mary was invited to take on the role of Prison Chaplain to the Christchurch Women’s Prison, then later to Paparua (Christchurch Men’s Prison) and Rolleston Prison as well. She describes it as a “richly educational and
rewarding experience.”

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Message from the Kaiwhakahaere

Kei aku nui, kei aku rahi, kei aku whakatamarahi ki te Raki. Ko te Ika-nui ka riro rā. Koia! It is with much sadness that we as Ngāi Tahu Whānui saw another leak of largely inaccurate information to the media last weekend.  This behaviour is unacceptable and untenable and I will be working with your…

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Toi Iho
Weaving – The thread that binds past with future

The first thing I noticed when I arrived at Te Rau Aroha Marae on a foggy Friday evening in early August was the buzz that emanated throughout the whare. Wāhine moved back and forth throughout the space, setting up their looms, preparing the feathers for their korowai and admiring one another’s progress since they last gathered together.

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Whenua

The Rakahuri (Ashley River) is one of the numerous rivers that flow into Te Tai o Maahunui (Pegasus Bay). The river and its associated tributaries, wetlands, and lagoons were traditionally well known for their mahinga kai values.

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Changing lives  

  Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu has over eighty initiatives in varying stages of progress, covering a wide range of approaches focussed on achieving positive outcomes for whānau transformation. As the South Island commissioning agency for Whānau Ora, Te Pūtahitanga has received funding applications from the Catlins to Motueka and the Chatham islands to Hokitika…

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Ka hao te Rakatahi
Dare to be different

In an ever-growing and competitive world, it’s important to stand out and make your own mark. To be true to yourself in the best way you know how, so that you may lead and make positive change. Sometimes we need a reminder of how important it is to be yourself, stand up, and stand out. I want to talk about three men who did just that, and changed their communities and worlds.

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Bringing home the trophy

Up there at the awards ceremony earlier this year was Ngāi Tahu Farming, also a finalist along with the Tewi Trust from Tīrau. And when Rakaia Incorporation won the trophy, there to haka tautoko and waiata were their fellow Te Waipounamu representatives from Ngāi Tahu Farming. You could say it was a good night for Ngāi Tahu.

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Ngāi Tahu internship provides unique opportunities

Sean Bragg is over half way through his two-year internship with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and has already contributed to many important kaupapa across the iwi. He relishes the opportunities and recognises the unique position he is in. Sean grew up in Bluff and acknowledges he will always keep that connection strong. “I was…

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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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