Ngāi Tahu


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Bringing soul to the rebuild

In the wake of the 2011 earthquake, mana whenua Ngāi Tūāhuriri realised that one way to bring meaning to the destruction in central Christchurch was to get involved in the recovery process, and ensure that Ngāi Tūāhuriri/Ngāi Tahu identity is visible in the city.

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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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Kaikōura fashion success

More than 200 whānau gathered at Kaikōura High School recently to celebrate Matariki with the first fashion show held by Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura. The fashion show, which was funded by the Ngāi Tahu Fund, proved to be a hit with locals, so much so that the rūnanga are going to make it an annual…

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China girl

Taima van der Leden has returned to Aotearoa after a year studying in Beijing as the inaugural Agria-Hōaka Scholar. We asked Taima about the highlights of her year.

“I think I’ve gained some real insights into the Chinese culture,” says Taima who was enrolled at the prestigious Tsinghua University, where she studied Mandarin in the humanities and social science department.

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Success for self-taught sculptor

Bay of Plenty sculptor Joe Kemp, has been selected to exhibit his work at the biennial NZ Sculpture OnShore competition in Devonport in November. This is the second time Joe (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāpuhi, Te Arawa (Ngāti Makino) has been selected to showcase his sculptures at the show. This year Joe has entered one large sculpture…

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Historian Harry Evison and the pursuit of truth

 Historian Harry Evison, pictured here at an ‘A Team’ dinner in 1991, played a pivotal role in presenting evidence supporting the Ngāi Tahu Claim. Kaituhi Mark Revington reports. The first time Harry Evison met Tā Tipene O’Regan, the former was a historian who had written an interesting but largely ignored thesis, and the latter was…

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13th
March
2014

Iwi working together for benefit of all Te Waipounamu families

Better support and opportunities for all Te Waipounamu (South Island) families is the goal of the region’s new Whānau Ora commissioning agency, Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu. The appointment of the new Te Waipounamu commissioning agency was announced yesterday by the Minister for Whānau Ora, Tariana Turia. Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu has been established…


Next Stop Ōtautahi

Crowds of up to 25,000 poured into Rotorua’s International Stadium for Te Matatini 2013, the world’s largest kapa haka festival.

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27th
February
2012

Prestigious Kapa Haka festival to be held in Christchurch in 2015

27 February, 2012 The biannual Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Festival, where elite kapa haka performers from around New Zealand and Australia come together to compete, will be held in Christchurch in 2015. Christchurch won its bid to host this prestigious cultural event after the Waitaha Cultural Council supported by representatives from the Christchurch City…