He Tangata
Corri Ackerman

Corri Ackerman was born in Hawke’s Bay and raised on Te Pātaka o Rākaihautū (Banks Peninsula). She attended Te Waipounamu Māori Girls’ College for three years and then at age 17 went tipi-haere; over the next 10 years she moved to Te Tai Tokerau, Wellington, Auckland, back to Te Tai Tokerau, Australia and finally did a tiny stint in the Middle East. Throughout this time she returned regularly to Te Pātaka o Rākaihautū to work the Akaroa tourist season and stoke the home fires. It was while she was in the Middle East she felt a deep and aching pull from tūpuna to return home and mahia te mahi (do the work).

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Ngā Hau e Whā
From the Editor

This year marks 20 years since the signing of the Deed of Settlement, a defining moment in a journey of over 150 years, which brought an end to the pain and struggle of a grieving people. And with this closure came a new beginning, with $170m plus add-ons in the bank and a newly formed organisational structure to manage the settlement. However, in celebrating this milestone, it is important to reflect on where this last part of the journey began – the lodgement of the claim some 11 years earlier.

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From the CEO

Recently I met the 20 Ngāi Tahu rangatahi preparing to head off on the trip of a lifetime to Silicon Valley. The room was buzzing with chatter until they all broke into a waiata rendition of Manu Tiria. Meeting these rangatahi took me way back to a similar experience as a 13-year-old. The only difference was that we were preparing to head to Wellington to visit Parliament and our waiata was the Anglican school hymn. Roll forward many decades and our young people are international travelling ambassadors for our iwi.

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Otago Harbour Ōtākou was the name for a channel that ran down the eastern (southern) side of the Otago Harbour from the mouth to Harwood Point, past the whaling station site and main Māori villages. Aramoana ran down the western (northern) side through to Port Chalmers. Today the name Ōtākou specifically refers to the small…

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