The Vision:
Our dream is that Ngāi Tahu Whānui enjoy superb physical, emotional, spiritual and mental wellbeing. The goal is that Ngāi Tahu successfully targets resources to meet the needs and aspirations of whānau.

Holistic Wellbeing

People are our greatest taonga (treasure) – it is through our people that the tribal legacy lives.

Te Rūnanga has a holistic understanding of wellbeing: health, wealth, education, cultural pride, spirituality and community help determine the quality of life of our people. While it is not our role to do the job of government it is our role to develop strategic initiatives that support the needs of our people. We actively work with government agencies to help them do their job better.

Te Rūnanga pioneered a now renowned tribal savings programme, Whai Rawa; and has implemented a cascading suite of leadership development programmes and was practicing Whānau Ora before it became a government policy.

Our leadership development programmes are designed to grow culturally competent leaders, well connected to their Ngāi Tahu community and outstanding performers in their chosen field. Different programmes support personal development and cultural learning, such as the testing Aoraki Bound programme, developed in partnership with Outward Bound. Other programmes forge international relationships, such as our exchange programme with Stanford University, international work experience in Russia and the Antarctic programme.

‘Whanau Ora’ is a New Zealand government approach to placing whanau (families) at the centre of health, education and social service delivery. In early 2014, Ngāi Tahu successfully partnered with the iwi of Te Waipounamu (tribes of the South Island) to secure the contract to be the South Island Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency with the aim of investing in initiatives to build whānau capability. Being involved in the agency, Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu, is yet another way that Ngāi Tahu exercises its responsibility to look after people within its tribal territory.

Whānau Stories

He-Rau-Tau-He-Tini-Mahara, A hundred years, a thousand memories

The Hall that holds 1000 memories | Overlooking sparkling cyan sea. Dwarfed by volcanic mountains. Tūtehuarewa, a white weatherboard community hall, stands in the bay of Koukourarata (Port Levy) as she has for nearly 100 years. Whānau and community will celebrate the life of the whare at her centenary celebration in April 2023. They will…

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He mana tō te ikoa – The mana carried within a name

A Ngāi Tahu academic says Māori are the lead experts in the history of Māori place names in Te Waipounamu. Dr Matiu Payne has responded to a recent letter published in the Akaroa Mail that he says is a misinformed opinion about Horomaka, an area of special significance for his iwi.

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Haka challenge to battle domestic violence

It’s no secret many whānau are under pressure during the strict conditions of New Zealand’s efforts to combat the Coronavirus . This Friday a nationwide campaign will launch using haka to help whānau through these trying times.

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