mahinga kai


Boost for mahinga kai species

Whitebait and river birds will benefit from a new partnership between the Community Conservation Partnership Fund and Ngāi Tahu, which aims to restore their natural habitats after the upheaval of the Christchurch earthquakes. The Hon Nicky Wagner, Associate Minister of Conservation officially announced support for whitebait and Canterbury’s colony-nesting river birds at a function at…

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Mahinga kai documentary series launched

A lifestyle documentary series celebrating the stories and traditional food gathering practices of the iwi was launched in Christchurch last night. Ngāi Tahu Mahinga Kai is a 12-part online series offering a window into the lives of Ngāi Tahu whānau and their ancestors. Funded by New Zealand on Air and Te Māngai Pāhō, it has…

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Historic film footage to feature at Hui-ā-Iwi

Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision will showcase a film about traditional Ngāi Tahu mahinga kai and art practices dating back to the 1920s at Hui-ā-Iwi in November. The programme is made from film footage from the 1920s through to 2008, and is a combination of silent, audio, black and white and colour footage. Ngā Taonga…

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The Ninth Tree

How important is mahinga kai to Ngāi Tahu? Consider this. When the Smith Nairn Commission sat in 1879-81 to hear evidence that the Crown had not kept its bargain with Ngāi Tahu, a total of 1712 mahinga kai sites in Canterbury and Otago were identified by H.K Taiarioa and Hoani Korehu Kahu for the commission.

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Fish rescued from ‘low-flow’ rivers

Ngāi Tahu and Environment Canterbury are working together to rescue and relocate taonga fish species from the drought-stricken Rakahuri/Ashley and Waipara Rivers. Tangata Tiaki (customary fisheries guardian), Te Marino Lenihan (Ngāi Tahu – Ngāi Tūāhuriri), says this is an excellent example of collaboration between a government organisation and local hapū – one that takes the…

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Karl Russell – Te Matatini kai coordinator

For generations mahinga kai has been an offering of manaakitanga and Te Matatini 2015 will be no exception. As this whakataukī states: Nā tō rourou, nā taku rourou ka ora ai te iwi – With your food basket and my food basket the people will thrive, food is an integral part of Māori culture. Karl…

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Whenua – Te Au Nui (Mataura Falls)

Te Au Nui (Mataura Falls) on the Mataura River is traditionally renowned for its abundance of kanakana (lampreys). This important mahinga kai has survived against the odds. In the late 19th century it was drastically altered when the Mataura Paper Mill and the Mataura Freezing Works were established on opposite sides of the river. Fifteen metres…

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Science hui

The Whakaora Te Waihora Science Hui will be held at the Lincoln Event Centre, Meijer Drive, Lincoln, 9am to 1.30pm on Thursday, 6 November. Whakaora Te Waihora is a cultural and ecological restoration programme for Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere, led by Ngāi Tahu and Environment Canterbury. As part of this programme, several science and engineering investigations…

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Mussel monitoring at Te Waihora

An unusual team from Ngāi Tahu might be spotted around Te Waihora over the next few months peering into streams wearing masks, snorkels and waders. They’re looking for a secretive species often overlooked nowadays- the kākahi or freshwater mussel. The Ngāi Tahu team has had luck already, finding mussels in some sites around the lake….

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Mahinga Kai Exemplar Project launched

Singer Tiki Taane and ‘Bugman’ Ruud Kleinpaste joined 250 community volunteers to plant over 400 hundred plants in Anzac Drive Reserve last weekend. The Matariki initiative marked the launch of the Mahinga Kai Exemplar project – a project co-led by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and Avon-Ōtākaro Network – and the first steps in greening…

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