Te Waipounamu


New day rising

The Kāti Huirapa marae at Arowhenua has been a focal point for Kāi Tahu for more than 100 years, and has entered a brand new dawn with its redevelopment.

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Whenua

Tūtakahikura is the beach immediately south of the old kaik on the Moeraki peninsula. In the late 19th century it was home to one of the largest Ngāi Tahu settlements on the east coast of Te Waipounamu.

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Compelling evidence

A prehistoric tōtara waka excavated from a sand dune at Papanui Inlet in October is believed to be close to 500 years old, and is the first waka unearthed on the Otago Peninsula. It is the second-oldest waka ever found in Aotearoa, after the Anaweka waka, found near Nelson in 2012, and thought to be more than 600 years old.

Tāngata whenua from Te Rūnanga o Ōtākou, archaeologists, and historians are excited by the significance of this discovery because the waka was built with stone tools more than 200 years before Europeans landed on these shores. Most waka displayed in museum collections today were built with steel tools after the period of first European contact.

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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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Ancient paths

In the old days Ngāi Tahu hunted and gathered animals and plants the length and breadth of Te Waipounamu. They moved according to the season, following life cycles of animals and plants, and they had access to a wide variety and abundance of food resources.

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Relativity Speaking

The relativity clause built into the Ngāi Tahu Settlement is predicted to come into force within the next twelve months. What does it mean for the iwi?

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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…


1st
February
2012

Ngāi Tahu Treaty Festival, Te Rau Aroha Marae, Monday 6 February

1 February Discussion on the current review of the New Zealand Constitution and the restoration of Waituna Lagoon will be highlights of this year’s Ngāi Tahu Waitangi Day commemoration festivities. Awarua Rūnanga will host the festivities at Te Rau Aroha Marae, at Awarua (Bluff), on Monday 6 February. The location is significant as in 1840,…


24th
March
2010

Aquaculture Bill – third reading

Wednesday 24th March Ngāi Tahu representatives will be at Parliament today to mark the final step in the formal agreement with the Crown over pre-commencement (1992-2004) aquaculture interests in Te Waipounamu (the South Island) and the Hauraki Gulf. The third reading of the Māori Commercial Aquaculture Claims Settlement (Regional Agreements) Amendment Bill is taking place…


2nd
September
2009

New Chief Executive Ngāi Tahu Holdings Corporation

2 September, 2009 The Chair of Ngāi Tahu Holdings Corporation Ltd, Trevor Burt, announced today the appointment of Greg Campbell as Chief Executive. “We are fortunate to have attracted someone with extremely high-level leadership experience back to Te Waipounamu,” says Mr Burt. Chief Executive Officer with ASX-listed Transpacific Industries Australasia, Greg Campbell will be coming…