Ōraka-Aparima


Walking the talk

Tā Mark Solomon is not the kind of man who speaks at length about himself. He values his privacy and he’s prone to under-playing any suggestion that he’s made a significant contribution to Māoridom, to Ngāi Tahu.
The fact that he was knighted in 2013 in recognition of the work he has done for Ngāi Tahu and for Māoridom is a case in point. His initial reaction was to baulk at the honour, but there were those who told him to “pull his head in,” that it wasn’t just for him, it was for the tribe. He relates how he was told firmly to “get up there to Wellington and receive the honour on behalf of the tribe.”

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Waka revival

Waka play an integral part in our migratory history, as the means by which our tīpuna voyaged here from the ancestral homeland of Hawaiki. They are woven throughout our mythology, with Ngāi Tahu stories asserting that Te Waipounamu itself is the waka of Aoraki, our tipuna mauka, capsized in the ocean with he and his brothers turned to stone along its back as the principal mountains of the Southern Alps.

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Whānau assist with mōhua transfer

The mōhua (yellowhead) population in the Eglinton Valley, Fiordland, recently received a boost with the release of 80 birds that were transferred from Anchor Island in Dusky Sound. The Mōhua Charitable Trust supported the transfer, working in partnership with the Department of Conservation (DOC) and Ōraka Aparima Rūnaka. Ōraka Aparima members, John Roberts and his…

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Lore versus law

When Ngāpuhi leader Raneira (Sonny) Tau was caught with five dead kererū at Invercargill Airport, it set off a nationwide media storm which highlighted the rift between indigenous rights and conservationists. But what did they think at Ōraka Aparima Rūnaka? After all the alleged crime took place in their takiwā. Kaituhi Mark Revington reports. For…

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The science of strandings

The tragic stranding of nine orca in western Southland earlier this year prompted a blueprint for customary recovery. Kaituhi Rob Tipa investigates. The mass stranding of a pod of nine orca on an isolated beach in Te Waewae Bay in western Southland in February was a rare event that may have a positive outcome for…

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He Tangata
Lucy Carter

Ngāi Tahu – Ōraka-Aparima Lucy Carter (Ngāi Tahu – Ōraka-Aparima) was awarded the only Fulbright Science and Innovation Scholarship for 2013 and will fly to the United States in August to complete her Master’s degree at Colorado State University, majoring in Environmental Sociology. Lucy was born in Christchurch and finished her schooling at Christchurch Girls’…

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My Pounamu – Lucy Carter

Lucy Carter (Ngāi Tahu) is a Project Co-Ordinator at Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. She affiliates to Oraka Aparima Rūnanga and lives in Christchurch. Here, she talks about two of her favourite pieces of pounamu. My matau piece was a koha from my parents, which I received as a gift when I graduated from the…

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Haka kids

Ōraka-Aparima kapa haka practising at Takutai o te Tīitīi Marae, Ōraka (Colac Bay) for the upcoming Te Atakura Festival

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