Our Stories

Helping whānau with home ownership

Over the last decade Whai Rawa has helped 312 whānau buy their first home. David Tikao, Programme Leader – Whai Rawa, says over $1.2 million has been withdrawn by members to assist them into their first home. “In our current economic climate it’s really tough to get on the property ladder so Whai Rawa helps…

Read More


Ngāi Tahu athlete named as Paralympic flag bearer

Javelin thrower Holly Robinson (Ngāi Tahu) has been named the flag bearer for the New Zealand Paralympic team competing in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from September 7-18. Speaking in the lead-up to the games, Holly said it was “an amazing feeling and a huge honour” to be named flag-bearer. She said all the athlete had…

Read More


Wave barrier at Te Waihora a first of its kind

A 100m long wave barrier on the south western side of Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere has been placed to enable submerged plants, known as macrophytes, to become established. NIWA freshwater ecologist Mary de Winton believed the barrier to be the first of its kind in the world for this purpose. “This barrier idea was conceived by…

Read More


Understanding the Marae Development Fund

In 2011, the Marae Development Fund was created by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu to support the 18 Papatipu Rūnanga with their aspirations around marae development. Jennifer Walsh, who is the Programme Leader for the Ngāi Tahu Funds, says the idea of the Marae Development Fund came from Papatipu Rūnanga when they recognised marae development…

Read More


arowhenua+marae+development

Marae development underway

Several Papatipu Rūnanga are currently completing development projects at their marae. Among those working on everything from minor renovations to full building projects are Waihao, Arowhenua, Hokonui, Rāpaki and Koukourārata. For Waihao Marae, building developments will allow marae staff more space to work and host their guests. Rūnanga Chair Graeme Lane says developments have come…

Read More


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…

Read More


New scholarships for Ngāi Tahu whānui

The Office of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu have created two new scholarships for Ngāi Tahu whānui. These scholarships aim to create pathways for Ngāi Tahu whānui to work in communications and environmental management. They include full fees for study and paid work experience within the Office. To apply for the scholarships go to this…

Read More


Helping whānau with the cost of education

Over the last decade Whai Rawa has helped over 250 whānau to pursue their tertiary education dreams. David Tikao, Programme Leader – Whai Rawa, says nearly $500,000 has been withdrawn by members to assist them with tertiary study. “Whai Rawa is different to Kiwi Saver because we allow our members to withdraw for tertiary education…

Read More


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…

Read More


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…

Read More

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…

Read More