Rāpaki


Caring for the heart of the hapū

Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke is the heart of the Rāpaki community, and it’s a heart the hapū are committed to keeping healthy. The small settlement of Rāpaki sits on the on the shores of Lyttelton Harbour, and is one of four marae-based communities situated on the Banks Peninsula. Rāpaki office manager Cushla Dwyer is…

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A third generation tangata tiaki

It is a daily reminder of the legacy that Tasman (Ngāi Tahu – Ngāti Wheke, Ngāti Kahungunu), hopes to continue. His pōua Bill was a legend in the mahinga kai world and is remembered for his love for customary fisheries, Kāhui Kaumātua (Māori Elders Council), Māori education and his whānau. Uncle Bill was also the driving force behind Kaupapa Kereru, the Ngāi Tahu kereru restoration programme on Banks Peninsula.

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Canterbury geckos adjust to new home

In March 2015, the first geckos retrieved from the bluffs above Rāpaki after the Christchurch earthquake, were released into their new home at Riccarton Bush. Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke, represented by Yvette Couch-Lewis, formally handed over the kaitiakitanga of the gecko from her rohe in the Port Hills to that of Ngāi Tūāhuriri, represented…

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Rūnanga share educational resources

Representatives from eleven rūnanga met at Rāpaki Marae on Saturday, 30 May to share the educational resources they have developed as part of Te Mahere Mātauranga, a six-year partnership between Papatipu Rūnanga and the Ministry of Education. Aimed at strengthening rūnanga relationships with schools, the initiative has been a great success and project manager, Henare…

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Gecko conservation success

In March, the first geckos retrieved from the bluffs above Rāpaki after the Christchurch earthquake, were released into their new home at Riccarton Bush. Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke, represented by Yvette Couch-Lewis, formally handed over the kaitiakitanga of the gecko from her rohe in the Port Hills to that of Ngāi Tūāhuriri, represented by…

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A massive honour

Brett Lee, 28, is the latest from Ngāi Tahu to be invited to attend the country’s top Māori language school, Te Panekiretanga o Te Reo Māori, following in the footsteps of scholars like Hana O’Regan who attended in 2004, and Karuna Thurlow and Kari Tipa, who recently graduated.

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Waitangi Day in Ōtautahi

Ngāi Tahu whānau all over Aotearoa are celebrating Waitangi Day; the festivals happening in Ōtautahi are below:   Rāpaki Marae 10am Visitors to gather outside marae (Koha/donation for Rāpaki marae will be collected at the gate) 10.30am Pōwhiri, followed by light refreshments 11.30am Citizenship Ceremony with Mayor Lianne Dalziel and items by members of Te…

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A church by the sea

This is the cute little whare karakia (church) at Rāpaki Marae. It sits just below the houses and the marae whare tipuna on the high bank overlooking the beach and jetty. It’s a peaceful spot and inside, there’s a sense of gathered history in the little pew cushions embroidered in tāniko patterns, the woven tukutuku…

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Tuna Tastes

Tuna were a lifeline for early Māori and they’re still favourite kai today. Here’s a few ideas on how to enjoy them at the table.

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