Arihia Bennett


Kaiwhakahaere election process

At its hui on the 18th of February 2017, at Te Koawa Tūroa o Tākitimu, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu resolved to pause the election process for the Kaiwhakahaere. The decision to pause this process was not taken lightly, but it was considered appropriate to allow time for Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu to carry out a review of the Kaiwhakahaere role.

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Update on Ōtautahi fires

Kia ora anō tātou, Today we have been blessed with cooler conditions and rain began to fall consistently after midday. Planning is underway to reduce the cordoned areas around the perimeter of the fire, and this afternoon the first cordon was lifted in Cashmere allowing people to return to their homes – positive news for…

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Te Pōkai Tara o te Ao

Ten Ngāi Tahu taiohi or rangatahi, preparing for the trip of a lifetime to Silicon Valley to hopefully become part of the next generation of Māori innovators, scientists, and entrepreneurs.

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From the CEO

If you are starting a career, midway, or moving towards a change, choose something that brings you happiness. Lost time can never be retrieved, so be courageous, be visionary, and challenge yourself beyond that rigid square.

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Sleep safe precious pēpi

The introduction of the pēpi pack is not about putting a baby in a wahakura. It’s actually about whakawhanaungatanga. It connects the baby to Ngāi Tahu, and it fosters a sense of responsibility in the whānau to gather around the child as the taonga.

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New scholarships for Ngāi Tahu whānui

The Office of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu have created two new scholarships for Ngāi Tahu whānui. These scholarships aim to create pathways for Ngāi Tahu whānui to work in communications and environmental management. They include full fees for study and paid work experience within the Office. To apply for the scholarships go to this…

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Helping whānau with the cost of education

Over the last decade Whai Rawa has helped over 250 whānau to pursue their tertiary education dreams. David Tikao, Programme Leader – Whai Rawa, says nearly $500,000 has been withdrawn by members to assist them with tertiary study. “Whai Rawa is different to Kiwi Saver because we allow our members to withdraw for tertiary education…

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Ten years of success

Three key Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu programmes celebrate their tenth anniversary this year. Aoraki Bound, the Ngāi Tahu Fund and Whai Rawa were designed to help grow and strengthen Ngāi Tahu whānau culturally and financially, and over the past ten years they have done exactly that. Arihia Bennett, Chief Executive Officer, Te Rūnanga o…

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From the CEO

Very soon the baby boomers will peak into the third age, and I am pondering on whether our country is ready for this. It is timely that Te Rūnanga starts to look at the role it could play in supporting the health and well-being of our kaumātua.

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Mātauranga Ahurea
The value of Cultural Intelligence

There is a natural tendency to emphasise Intelligence Quotient (IQ) and Emotional Quotient (EQ) as being the key indicators of successful leaders and collectively, successful organisations. These are traditionally used in staff recruitment and employment processes. IQ is a good indicator of how a person processes data and EQ provides some scope for assessing a person’s ability to deal with people. Julia, however, believes that used alone they are insufficient indicators of success in a globalised setting.

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