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Recovery of ancestral land celebrated at Pita Te Hori Centre opening

On the road to settlement, a team of astute negotiators set up the Ngāi Tahu Land Bank – an arrangement with the Crown which gave the tribe the opportunity to ‘bank’ land that was surplus to Crown requirements in order to prevent it from being sold. This was an innovative solution which freed up Ngāi…

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Banks Peninsula Deeds of Purchase

The Banks Peninsula claims consisted of three ‘purchases’ by the Crown (Port Cooper 1849, Port Levy 1849, and Akaroa 1856). The background against which these three Deeds were signed is complicated. The French claimed to have purchased the land from Ngāi Tahu by way of two deeds of sale in 1838 and 1840. At the…

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Freshwater Improvement Fund supports Waituna and Ahuriri

The Government has announced they will invest $5 million into the Whakamana Te Waituna Programme and $1.25 million to enhance the habitat and Mahinga kai in the Ahuriri Lagoon. The funding comes from the Freshwater Improvement Fund and in total $44 million was allocated to projects around Aotearoa. Gail Thompson, Te Rūnanga o Awarua, confirmed…

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Our work on climate change

Last year the Strategy and Influence team at Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu embarked on a new workstream to ensure Ngāi Tahu continues to progress culturally and economically through climate change. Chris Brankin, Policy Advisor, Strategy and Influence, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, says this workstream was developed because Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu identified…

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Understanding Kanakana

While many people recognise kanakana as a taonga species, little is actually known about them including their spawning and migration habits. Senior Environmental Advisor, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi, Dr Jane Kitson, says kanakana are very secretive creatures. “Kanakana have been around since before the dinosaur – with fossil records from 450 million years ago –…

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The Otago Deed, 1844

The Otago Deed of Purchase, 31 July 1844, is the oldest of the official Ngāi Tahu land purchase deeds. It conveyed land to the New Zealand Company for the Scottish settlement of New Edinburgh, later renamed Otago. The Deed was signed by 23 Māori signatories and two ‘proxies’ and saw Ngāi Tahu sell over 400,000…

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New investment in the Tai Poutini economy

With strong iwi involvement, the Government has announced a $36 million action plan to enhance economic development in Tai Poutini. Lisa Tumahai, Kaiwhakahaere of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, says the new funding is a great boost for the region. “We have worked side-by-side with the government to create this action plan and it is…

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Partnership with MYD showing promising results

Earlier this year Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu announced they would match funding with the Ministry of Youth Development (MYD) to provide $100,000 of programme support to Ngāi Tahu rangatahi. The agreement saw the Government and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu each invest $50,000 in a pilot programme to grow youth development opportunities. The following…

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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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