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Staying at Nohoanga

Nohoanga provides all Ngāi Tahu with an opportunity to experience the landscape as their tīpuna did, and to rekindle the traditional practices of gathering food and other natural resources. The term ‘nohoanga’ (literally meaning a place to sit) traditionally refers to the seasonal occupation sites which were an integral part of the mobile lifestyle of…

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Settlement Photo Gallery

This week we celebrate the 17th anniversary of the enactment of the Ngāi Tahu Settlement Bill. This occurred on 1 October 1998, the day the Bill was signed by the Governor General to become an Act of the New Zealand Parliament (Date of assent). This gallery of photographs shows the various stages of the settlement…

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When Mātauranga Māori and science meet

As councils and crown research institutes aim to fulfil their Treaty of Waitangi obligations to engage with iwi in decision-making processes, many are looking to refine how they engage with Māori. Environment Canterbury Resource Management Officer, Katherine Hill has spent the last six years investigating Mātauranga Māori in science, to develop effective strategies that will…

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Boost for mahinga kai species

Whitebait and river birds will benefit from a new partnership between the Community Conservation Partnership Fund and Ngāi Tahu, which aims to restore their natural habitats after the upheaval of the Christchurch earthquakes. The Hon Nicky Wagner, Associate Minister of Conservation officially announced support for whitebait and Canterbury’s colony-nesting river birds at a function at…

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Ngāi Tahu offers technology scholarship

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu is offering a full scholarship to support two iwi members into the information and communication technology industry through the new Te Uru Rangi Scholarship. Launched by Māori Development Minister, the Honourable Te Ururoa Flavell on August 26, Te Uru Rangi is a collaborative partnership between Wellington-based Enspiral Dev Academy, Te…

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Mahinga kai documentary series launched

A lifestyle documentary series celebrating the stories and traditional food gathering practices of the iwi was launched in Christchurch last night. Ngāi Tahu Mahinga Kai is a 12-part online series offering a window into the lives of Ngāi Tahu whānau and their ancestors. Funded by New Zealand on Air and Te Māngai Pāhō, it has…

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New complex for Hokonui Rūnanga

The $1.4 million rebuild of the fire damaged Hokonui Rūnanga building is taking shape three months after the project started on April 22. The previous complex in Charlton Road, Gore, was badly damaged by an electrical fault in the workshop in May last year. Financial officer Terry Nicholas said the area of the rebuild involved…

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A return to fashion

Darlene Gore is one of three Ngai Tahu designers presenting work at the Miromoda Showcase at New Zealand Fashion Week. It is a return to fashion for Darlene, who completed a Diploma in Fashion and Design at Otago Polytechnic in 1994 before going on to work in the fashion industry. She has run her own…

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Historic film footage to feature at Hui-ā-Iwi

Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision will showcase a film about traditional Ngāi Tahu mahinga kai and art practices dating back to the 1920s at Hui-ā-Iwi in November. The programme is made from film footage from the 1920s through to 2008, and is a combination of silent, audio, black and white and colour footage. Ngā Taonga…

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Events

Hui-ā-Iwi 2017

Notice of 22nd Annual General Meetings of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and the Ngai Tahu Charitable Trust 2017

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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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