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Jane Davis

Born and raised in Murihiku, Aunty Jane Davis has always had a strong connection to the Tītī Islands, which was shared by her late husband, Bill. The two of them became involved in Te Kerēme in its early days, and in 1989 Aunty Jane was elected to the Ngāi Tahu Māori Trust Board.

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Recognising Hon Te Ururoa Flavell

In early October Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu held a celebratory event to acknowledge the incredible role Hon Te Ururoa Flavell played as a Member of Parliament, Minister and leader of the Māori Party. Helen Leahy, Chief Executive, Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu says the event was an opportunity…

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Contact centre recognised for excellence

At the end of September the Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Contact Centre were recognised for their outstanding work when they were awarded second place in the Member Support Services category at the Great Gatsby themed CRM Contact Centre Awards in Auckland. The Contact Centre are often the first people whānau speak to when they…

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Ngāi Tahu Claim Settlement Act, 29 September 1998

The Ngāi Tahu Claim Republication from Te Karaka Raumati / Summer 1998, page 20 By Tā Tipene O’Regan The passage of the Ngai Tahu Claim Settlement into law on 29 September 1998, was an historic and significant point in the long history of Ngai Tahu. As I stood there in Parliament while our people sang…

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Ngāi Tūāhuriri/Ngāi Tahu values embedded in Te Omeka – Justice Precinct

The official opening of the Justice and Emergency Services Precinct in Ōtautahi was a proud moment for our iwi as the doors opened to reveal a contemporary building embedded with Ngāi Tūāhuriri and Ngāi Tahu values, narratives and culturally significant artworks. Te Omeka is a special place – as an anchor project it is a significant investment…

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Lodging the Ngāi Tahu Claim with the Waitangi Tribunal

On this day in 1986 the Ngaitahu Maori Trust Board, in the name of Henare Rakiihia Tau, lodged the Ngāi Tahu Claim with the Waitangi Tribunal. Although the Waitangi Tribunal was established in 1975 the Tribunal were only able to investigate breaches made by the Crown in relation to the Treaty of Waitangi that occurred…

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First Waitangi Tribunal Hearing of the Ngāi Tahu Claim

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the first Waitangi Tribunal Hearing into the Ngāi Tahu Claim. On 17 August 1987, the Waitangi Tribunal commenced its first hearing into the Ngāi Tahu Claim. The hearing began with a pōwhiri at Tuahiwi Marae, before moving the next day to Rangiora High School for the remainder of the…

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The Murihiku Deed of 1853

In 1853, Mantell was given the task of acquiring over 7 million acres for £2,600 in the Southland region. After negotiation the Deed of Purchase was signed on 17 August 1853. As in other purchases Mantell had negotiated, he was given the power to set aside reserves for Ngāi Tahu as he thought to be…

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Exciting opportunity for Kristen Kohere-Soutar

Kristen Kohere-Soutar (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Porou and Rongowhakaata) is set to move from being the Chair of Whai Rawa to take up a new challenge on the board of Mercer New Zealand. Mercer is one of the world’s leading firms for superannuation, investments, health and human resources consulting and products. Martin Lewington, Chief Executive Officer,…

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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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