Lisa Tumahai


Lisa Tumahai appointed Kaiwhakahaere of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu

It is with great pleasure that we announce Lisa Tumahai, representative for Ngāti Waewae Rūnanga, was appointed as Kaiwhakahaere (chair) of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu following an election today. The election took place at the Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Board meeting at Tuahiwi Marae. Matapura Ellison, representative for Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki,…

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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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Uncle Charlie
A Man for his People

It is unlikely that you can have a discussion about the Ngāi Tahu Settlement without hearing stories about Charles Crofts (Ngāti Huakai, Ngāi Tūāhuriri), or as most of the iwi know him, Uncle Charlie. As Charlie tells it, it was the “luck of the draw” that he was Kaiwhakahaere of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu at the time of settlement. However, as we speak in the home he shares with his wife Meri, eating mousetraps and sipping on tea, it becomes clear that there was more than just luck at play. Charlie is a man who was always going to do great things.

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Cultural Connection

A voice sings out: Areare-mai-rā-ōu-tarika!

Thirty-four voices sing back, in a chorus of different accents. Some are Aussie, some Kiwi, most of them somewhere in between. Some ring proud and confident; others cradle the unfamiliar Māori syllables like a new parent cradling their first child.

Areare-mai-rā-ōu-tarika!
Lend me your ears!

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Pounamu taonga showcased in Paris

Earlier this month an exhibition of more than 200 pounamu taonga opened at Musée du quai Branly-Jacques Chirac, in Paris. The exhibition was created by Te Papa with collaboration from Ngāi Tahu and features pounamu taonga from all tribal areas of New Zealand.  The exhibition is called ‘La pierre sacrée des Māori’ (the sacred Māori…

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Statement from Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu

Statement from Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Interim Kaiwhakahaere, Lisa Tumahai, on behalf of the Representatives of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu (Te Rūnanga). “Comments made by Tā Mark Solomon on Maori Television’s Native Affairs last night in relation to the CEO of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Arihia Bennett, are not supported by the…

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Oranga Tamariki
Protecting our children

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu espouses the tribal philosophy: “Mō tātou, ā, mō kā uri ā muri ake nei – for us and our children after us”, to ensure that we protect the interests of future generations as well as our own. This whakataukī also emphasises our duty of care towards the children that we have amongst us already. Our tamariki are the promise of our future, which is why the issue of child care and protection is of utmost importance to the iwi.

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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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