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Danni Thian

Danni Thian (Ngāi Tahu), the recipient of the 2014 Agria-Hōaka scholarship, will travel to Beijing in February to spend 12 months studying Mandarin at Tsinghua University. It’s an opportunity she feels fortunate to have. “It’s all surreal,” says Danni, 24, who works as a commercial operations, labour market, and welfare analyst at the Treasury in…

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Advocating Māori excellence

For Watson Ohia, kapa haka is not just about what you see on stage, it’s a way of life; it’s something that we as Maori do far beyond the stage, when we honour, when we celebrate, when we grieve, when we have something important to say. We can say it our way. “It’s a key…

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Ngāi Tahu artist bound for New York

Ngāi Tahu choreographer, dancer and video artist, Louise Pōtiki Bryant was named the recipient of the 2014 Harriet Friedlander Residency at this year’s Westpac New Zealand Arts Awards. Louise (Ngāi Tahu – Kāti Taoka) is the fourth person and the first woman to have received the award since it was established in 2011. Louise, 40,…

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He Toki ki te Rika students graduate

Around two hundred people gathered at Te Puna Wānaka, CPIT on Wednesday night, to celebrate the success of the latest group of He Toki ki te Rika students, who have completed their one-year pre-trades training courses. He Toki ki te Rika is a Māori trades training initiative led by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu in…

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Carols at the Pā

A happy crowd of over 200 people gathered at Rehua Marae in St Albans on Friday night, to celebrate the arrival of Christmas with Carols at the Pā. Whānau were treated to kapa haka, carol singing, Mama Koko, Christmas costume competitions, food stalls, lucky prize draws and other live entertainment. This is the second year…

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Māori health focus at Te Matatini

Gail McLauchlan is a newcomer to the kapa haka world but she is no stranger to the world of Māori health. Gail (Ngāti Raukawa) is one of several kaiārahi who will be working to ensure Te Matatini 2015 is a success. It will be her first time at Te Matatini and she will be coordinating…

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Encouraging young Māori into science

A University of Canterbury scheme aimed at encouraging Māori secondary school students into university science studies is already changing lives and encouraging rangatahi to consider new pathways for their future. He Puna Pūtaiao is a partnership programme between the University of Canterbury College of Science and several Canterbury secondary schools that began in 2013. Based…

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Sponsorship boost for Aoraki Bound

The opportunity for young Māori to develop leadership skills and personal and cultural growth on the Aoraki Bound programme has received a boost thanks to a renewed partnership between Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, the Bank of New Zealand and Genesis Energy. BNZ and Genesis Energy confirmed their support for Aoraki Bound at a signing…

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Tahu FM tops Horizon Survey

Tahu FM, the voice of Ngāi Tahu heard throughout New Zealand and the world, has been named the top rating iwi radio station in New Zealand by the November Horizon Poll survey. The Horizon Poll is run by Horizon Research, an Auckland-based company specializing in online research. Over 115,200 listeners have tuned into Tahu FM…

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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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