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Ahuwhenua Trophy finalists announced

Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy have congratulated this year’s Ahuwhenua Trophy competition finalists, celebrating excellence in Māori farming. The three finalists are Tahu a Tao farm in Rakaia near Ashburton, the two Ngāi Tahu Farming operations,Te Ahu Pātiki and Maungatere near Oxford in Canterbury and Tewi Trust in…

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Exhibition showcases Kāi Tahu wahine

Hākui: Women of Kāi Tahu opened on Thursday 19 November 2015. The exhibition explores and celebrates the stories of Kāi Tahu wāhine from the perspective of uri whakatipu, the current generations. Whānau, rūnaka and iwi throughout New Zealand have generously shared their taoka for the exhibition, which also features objects from the Otago Museum collections….

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Ngāi Tahu mothers publish children’s books.

Two Dunedin mums have collaborated to create a series of beautiful children’s books with hand drawn images featuring both English and Te Reo Māori. Cousins Kitty Brown and Kirsten Parkinson first had the idea when they were at home with their own babies. “We wanted something bilingual to share with our pēpi, with good illustrations…

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Pounamu a feature at new Waitangi Museum

The Waitangi National Trust opened its new museum on Waitangi Day. Now open to the public, it houses the permanent exhibition Ko Waitangi Tēnei: This is Waitangi, relating stories of Waitangi – its people, the place and the Treaty. This is no ordinary exhibition. It is thoughtfully assembled and the curation is expertly punctuated with…

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Celebrating Waitangi Day at Onuku

Over 500 people gathered at Ōnuku Marae, near Akaroa on 6 February to attend the Ngāi Tahu Treaty Festival, celebrating the 176th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. Discussion of freshwater issues, citizenship, diversity and the Treaty were highlights of this year’s Waitangi Day commemoration festivities and a special New Zealand Citizenship…

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Te Matatini provides wellbeing boost

In March 2015 Christchurch hosted Te Matatini, the largest Māori gathering in Aotearoa, and over 30,000 spectators and participants attended the Hagley Park-based event. Community and Public Health Māori Relationship Manager Gail McLauchlan says Te Matatini was an amazing opportunity to celebrate Māori culture, health and wellbeing. (Community and Public Health is a division of…

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Caring for the heart of the hapū

Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke is the heart of the Rāpaki community, and it’s a heart the hapū are committed to keeping healthy. The small settlement of Rāpaki sits on the on the shores of Lyttelton Harbour, and is one of four marae-based communities situated on the Banks Peninsula. Rāpaki office manager Cushla Dwyer is…

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Ngāi Tahu exhibition showcases Papatipu Rūnanga

In “Te Rua o Te Moko,” eighteen watercolours and pencil drawings hang upon the walls of a small room at Christchurch Art Gallery in a homage to significant land sites for each of the Ngāi Tahu Papatipu Rūnanga. It is a ‘quiet,’ elegant show that acknowledges and supports the rūnanga and reaches out to the…

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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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