Hana O’Regan


Te Kura o Te Tira Mōrehu Reo o
Moeraki

The wānanga represent a revitalisation of their own, as they emulate the renowned wharekura Ōmanawharetapu that Matiaha Tiramōrehu held in Moeraki until 1868. Tiramōrehu, widely known as the father of the Ngāi Tahu Claim, was also a renowned scholar with extensive knowledge of Māori traditions and whakapapa. He sought to share this with others, and in his wharekura taught Ngāi Tahu tamariki the traditional knowledge and customs that had been handed down for generations.

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Tāku Kupu ki te Ao

We’re starting here because this was one of the first places where Māori and Pākehā met regularly in Christchurch,” Joseph says on the brick forecourt of Victoria Square. “This used to be known as Market Square, and it’s where Ngāi Tūāhuriri came to sell various goods to the early settlers.

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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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Toi Iho
Ordre des Arts et des Lettres

When Fiona learned that there were several Māori casts in this collection, including those of her Ngāi Tahu ancestors, she knew she had to go to the museum to see the collection for herself. “It was a strange and difficult place, but that’s where you find the work. That’s where the taonga is.”

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Reviews
Books

Another book about Māori carving is a welcome addition to the growing list of publications about Māori art and those written by Māori women. It is also of interest that this book focuses on a particular locality and practice of the East Coast. While the Iwirākau tradition of the Waiapū Valley represents a relatively short period in history, and a relatively small geographic area, its impact resounds loud and clear today.

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30th
January
2014

Māori trades training in Christchurch receives a boost

Tā Mark Solomon, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Kaiwhakahaere and patron of He Toki ki te Rika (Māori trade training), welcomes the government’s continued support of Māori trade training. One of the initiatives receiving further support is He Toki ki te Rika, the Māori trade training programme based in Christchurch. He Toki is an iwi-led…


Karanga – A call from the heart

A spiritual call heard across many generations, it is the first voice heard from marae and epitomises the power of Māori women. TE KARAKA speaks with Ngāi Tahu kaikaranga about the ritual of the karanga, its evolution, and challenges.

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Befitting the occasion

The more important the occasion, the more kaikaranga are involved in the pōwhiri. At the Crown Apology to Ngāi Tahu at Ōnuku Marae in 1998, several kaikaranga were chosen on the basis of their representation of the different takiwā, their whakapapa to certain key individuals within the Ngāi Tahu Whānui, and their recognition as experienced…

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10th
July
2012

Government Investment in Māori Trade Training in Christchurch is welcomed

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT) and Hawkins Construction welcome the Government’s further $1million investment in Māori Trade Training in Christchurch. In June last year, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, CPIT and industry partners launched He Toki ki te Rika (Māori Trades Training) in response to the projected demand for…