Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu exists to grow and develop Ngāi Tahu whānau members who are culturally able, well-connected to their Ngāi Tahu community and outstanding performers in their chosen field.
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Whakapapa speaks to more than our relationships with each other; it links us with the land, the sea, the environment, our world and our universe. It permeates all things Ngāi Tahu, helping us understand who we are and where we come from. It lies at the core of Ngāi Tahu knowledge and understanding – it provides an unbroken link and chain of descent between the spiritual and the material, the inanimate and the animate.Whakapapa Registration
In September, a group of whānau and Department of Conservation (DOC) staff travelled to the secluded island of Whenua Hou off the north-west coast of Rakiura. They gathered to witness the unveiling of three pouwhenua carved by Ngāi Tahu artist James York and supported by the Ngāi Tahu Fund, erected to acknowledge and embody the special relationship Ngāi Tahu shares with the motu.
Designer Amber Bridgman is the wahine behind KAHUWAI, a clothing line that explores identity and whakapapa through its unique Māori influence. Earlier this year, Amber shared her work with the world when she had the opportunity to participate in the Melbourne Fashion Festival. Alice Dimond spoke to Amber about her life, her work, and the designs that launched a successful career in the fashion industry.
Kēwai (keewai), a native freshwater crayfish, has a long history in the south, and was used in one of the earliest forms of aquaculture in Aotearoa – considerably pre-dating colonisation. A joint venture project between Hokonui Rūnanga and kōura farming business KEEWAI, with the support of the Tribal Economies team at Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, is set to put these little creepy crawlies back on the map.