Whai Rawa


Exciting opportunity for Kristen Kohere-Soutar

Kristen Kohere-Soutar (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Porou and Rongowhakaata) is set to move from being the Chair of Whai Rawa to take up a new challenge on the board of Mercer New Zealand. Mercer is one of the world’s leading firms for superannuation, investments, health and human resources consulting and products. Martin Lewington, Chief Executive Officer,…

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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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Money Matters
10 Years of Whai Rawa

Rather than following the state’s example – and opting for student debt over savings – Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu leaders saw an opportunity to provide their people with increased access to tertiary education, home ownership, and retirement support. And so Whai Rawa was born.

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Ngāi Tahu internship provides unique opportunities

Sean Bragg is over half way through his two-year internship with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and has already contributed to many important kaupapa across the iwi. He relishes the opportunities and recognises the unique position he is in. Sean grew up in Bluff and acknowledges he will always keep that connection strong. “I was…

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Helping whānau with home ownership

Over the last decade Whai Rawa has helped 312 whānau buy their first home. David Tikao, Programme Leader – Whai Rawa, says over $1.2 million has been withdrawn by members to assist them into their first home. “In our current economic climate it’s really tough to get on the property ladder so Whai Rawa helps…

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Helping whānau with the cost of education

Over the last decade Whai Rawa has helped over 250 whānau to pursue their tertiary education dreams. David Tikao, Programme Leader – Whai Rawa, says nearly $500,000 has been withdrawn by members to assist them with tertiary study. “Whai Rawa is different to Kiwi Saver because we allow our members to withdraw for tertiary education…

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Celebrating ten years of Whai Rawa

In the last decade Whai Rawa funds under management have risen to $52-million with nearly 2000 whānau who have been helped into new homes, tertiary education or retirement. David Tikao, Whai Rawa Programme Leader, says much of the success has come from member buy-in. “We have nearly 22,000 members and to date we have helped…

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Ten years of success

Three key Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu programmes celebrate their tenth anniversary this year. Aoraki Bound, the Ngāi Tahu Fund and Whai Rawa were designed to help grow and strengthen Ngāi Tahu whānau culturally and financially, and over the past ten years they have done exactly that. Arihia Bennett, Chief Executive Officer, Te Rūnanga o…

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Enthusiastic response to pēpi packs

There has been an overwhelming positive response to the new Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu pēpi packs, launched at Ngāi Tahu Hui-ā- Iwi 2015 in Dunedin over the weekend. The pēpi packs are an exciting initiative developed by the Mātauranga team at Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, as part of a two-pronged approached to whānau…

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Taking the long view

 Radio host, TV presenter, mother, Whai Rawa member.  When Classic Hits breakfast presenter Stacey Morrison meets other Ngāi Tahu she checks if they belong to Whai Rawa, the Ngāi Tahu matched savings scheme, and goes into campaign mode if they don’t. “It is your right if you are Ngāi Tahu to be part of Whai…

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