Tipene O’Regan


Marae Kitchen to Tribunal Hearing – Our Settlement Journey

The death of Riki Te Mairaki Ellison (Uncle Riki) in 1984 was a watershed moment for many Ngāi Tahu. It started a torrent of Ngāi Tahu deaths, as he gathered his large ope to accompany him on his journey ki tua o te ārai. This ope included my grandmother Kui Kamo (née Whaitiri), who had been his kaikaranga at Rehua Marae in life, and would now become his kaikaranga in death. I recall Aunty Rima Bell at Tuahiwi saying the deaths would only stop when a baby joined the ope – and that appears to have been what happened. Many kaumātua at the time also stated the deaths were the first of many payments that Ngāi Tahu would be forced to make as the long journey to justice for its treaty claims neared an end.

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Uncle Charlie
A Man for his People

It is unlikely that you can have a discussion about the Ngāi Tahu Settlement without hearing stories about Charles Crofts (Ngāti Huakai, Ngāi Tūāhuriri), or as most of the iwi know him, Uncle Charlie. As Charlie tells it, it was the “luck of the draw” that he was Kaiwhakahaere of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu at the time of settlement. However, as we speak in the home he shares with his wife Meri, eating mousetraps and sipping on tea, it becomes clear that there was more than just luck at play. Charlie is a man who was always going to do great things.

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Tūrangawaewae
Where do we stand?

In February the board of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu met at Te Kōawa Tūroa o Tākitimu in Jericho Valley, near Te Anau. This culturally significant site is in the heart of the takiwā of Ōraka Aparima Rūnaka, and the hosts took the opportunity to present to Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu (Te Rūnanga) about their land-based aspirations. For Ōraka Aparima, and many others, land is considered to be sacrosanct, valued for its intrinsic worth to the iwi as mana whenua, independent of its economic success.

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Reviews

Fred Graham, Creator of Forms, Te Tohunga Auaha Nā Maria de Jong with Fred Graham Huia Publishers RRP: $49.99 Review nā Megan Tamati-Quennell A book written about Fred Graham, his art, and legacy is well overdue. Fred Graham belongs to the group of artists who were pioneers in the development of a new form of…

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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…


30th
January
2013

Ngāi Tahu Treaty Festival, Ōnuku Marae, Wednesday 6 February

This year Ōnuku Rūnanga is hosting the annual ‘Ngāi Tahu Treaty Festival’ at Ōnuku Marae, Akaroa. Discussion on the current review of the New Zealand Constitution, environmental recovery of the Christchurch CBD and fresh water issues will be highlights of this year’s Ngāi Tahu Waitangi Day commemoration festivities. A special New Zealand Citizenship Ceremony will…


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,…


21st
November
2011

Boost for future Māori leaders

November 21, 2011 The opportunity for Māori leaders to gain invaluable skills, personal and cultural growth and leadership development at Aoraki Bound will continue to strengthen, thanks to the new partnership between Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and BNZ. The partnership ensures Aoraki Bound continues to provide future Māori leaders with a unique experience, whilst…


8th
August
2011

Ta Tipene O’Regan Appointed to Constitutional Advisory Panel

Congratulations to Tā Tipene O’Regan from Kaiwhakahaere Mark Solomon Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Kaiwhakahaere Mark Solomon offers his congratulations to Tā Tipene O’Regan on his appointment last week as co-chair of the Constitutional Advisory Panel. “Tā Tipene is a man who carries with him the mana of his people, the pride of his tipuna…


23rd
October
2010

Ngāi Tahu congratulates Ngāti Kuia

Friday 22 October 2010 Tomorrow Ngāti Kuia reaches a significant milestone with the Signing Ceremony for Te Whakatau, the Ngāti Kuia Deed of Settlement. This Signing Ceremony bears testament to the many long years of dedication, sacrifice and determination displayed by the leadership of Ngāti Kuia and indeed, by their tūpuna, who have long carried…