Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio


New Te Matatini trophy gifted by Poutini Ngāi Tahu

A new trophy, Te Tai Pūkarukaru o Poutini,  gifted by representatives from Poutini Ngāi Tahu was awarded for excellence in te reo written composition at Te Matatini 2017 in Hawkes Bay. Te Tai Pūkarukaru o Poutini – the gentle rippling waves of the Poutini coast – was presented to the category winners Te Matarae I…

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New Bishop of Te Waipounamu

In a service at Ōnuku Marae in January, Richard Rangi Wallace was ordained as the new Bishop of Te Waipounamu. This is the first time a person of Ngāi Tahu whakapapa has held the prestigious position. Bishop Wallace says he was humbled by the 400 people who attended his ordainment ceremony. “I am happy to…

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7th
March
2014

Forest acquisition – West Coast

Ngāi Tahu Property through its wholly owned subsidiary Ngāi Tahu Forest Estates is pleased to announce the purchase of exotic forest cutting rights located on the West Coast. The cutting rights consist of 22,800 hectares of forests located on 49,300 hectares of land currently owned and managed by Ngāi Tahu Forest Estates over the last…


Increasing Māori potato stocks

You don’t usually associate the South Westland climate with the cultivation of peppers, strawberries and bumper harvests of tomatoes but at Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio’s Te Tauraka Waka a Māui Marae at Bruce Bay, four hours south of Hokitika, hard work on the marae gardens have paid off. The tunnel houses and planter boxes have…

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9th
May
2013

Marae resolution process results in positive outcome

For the first time since Settlement, South Island Iwi Ngāi Tahu has undertaken a tikanga marae resolution process to deal with pounamu-related matters. Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio met with Bevan Climo at Rehua Marae to undertake this process. Forty Ngāi Tahu Whanui, predominately from Poutini Ngāi Tahu gathered at…


Ahakoa He Iti, He Pounamu: Pounamu stamina

When Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio held its first paperless executive meeting, the room reverberated with laughter and puzzling queries as members tried to come to terms with their new Acer Iconica tablets.

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22nd
October
2010

Ngāi Tahu welcomes return of snowflake pounamu

Friday 22 October, 2010 Ngāi Tahu are very pleased with a decision by Judge GS MacAskill, that will see a significant quantity of snowflake pounamu returned to the iwi. This outcome reaffirms Ngāi Tahu’s ownership of this taonga and returns it to its rightful owner, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. Mark Solomon, Kaiwhakahaere for Te…


22nd
October
2009

Appeal Court Upholds Iwi Right to Protect and Manage Treasured Resource

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu is satisfied the Court of Appeal has upheld the convictions against David Anthony Saxton and Morgan David Saxton. In 2008, the men were sentenced to over two years in prison after being found guilty of stealing pounamu from the Cascade Plateau, South Westland. They were also ordered to pay reparation…