Posts by: Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu

Te Ao o te Māori

When Max’s girlfriend Carley “busted out” her pepeha, it was the perfect motivation the young videographer needed to start learning his language. “It really inspired me that Carley, who isn’t Māori, could stand up and introduce herself in te reo and tell everyone her whakapapa,” says Max Tiweka, who is Ngāi Tahu on his mother’s side and Ngā Rauru on his father’s side. A year-and-a-half ago, Max started work as an intern at Ariki Creative, an Ōtautahi-based Māori creative studio specialising in digital and print media. It’s that career change Max credits as the beginning of his journey to learn about his Ngāi Tahutanga.

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Hei Mahi Māra

I harvested my first ever kūmara from the māra in late autumn and was stunned to find that I had actually managed to grow a worthwhile crop. I could see that the leaves had grown prolifically over summer and into autumn, but was completely taken by surprise when I actually dug them up to find the quantity and size of tubers that had been produced. I had always assumed that it would be too cold to grow kūmara in Ōtautahi so I hadn’t even bothered to try in my 30-plus years of organic gardening.

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Whiria te tāngata — Weave the people together. Guardians of Aotearoa does just this, crafting a korowai of diverse narratives. From activists, to ecologists, to te reo Māori advocates, Knox shines a light on the people who call this place home, and their passions.

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Hinekura is a short film written and directed by Becs Arahanga, an up-and-coming filmmaker who wants to use her talents to celebrate te reo Māori and tikanga.

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He Tangata
Gwen Bower

Gwen Bower grew up in Timaru, spending weekends and holidays with her nan in Temuka. Her apprenticeship in the marae kitchen began when she was about nine years-old, and she has been involved with rūnanga business since she was dragged along to a meeting one Sunday about 40 years ago. Today, her role is Arowhenua Marae Manager.

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Ruapuke Island, 15 kilometres southeast of Awarua (Bluff), guards the eastern approaches to Te Ara-a-Kiwa (Foveaux Strait). This 1600 hectare island was the location of a major Ngāi Tahu settlement in the 19th century, and was the home of the great southern chief Tūhawaiki and his successor Topi Pātuki.

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5th July 2019
Posted under: Pānui

Significant landmark for one of country’s biggest national parks

A large pou whenua has been unveiled in Kahurangi National Park at a blessing ceremony today. Pou whenua, or land posts, are used to mark territorial boundaries and areas of significance to tangata whenua. The blessing was attended by approximately 50 people, including Minister of Conservation and Land Information Hon Eugenie Sage, and representatives of…

28th June 2019
Posted under: Pānui

Announcement of Relativity payment

Tēnā koutou katoa, i runga i a Matariki kua tau nei, he kōrero whakahirahira e whai ake nei e ngā uri o Tahu Pōtiki – Aoraki matatū! I am pleased to announce that the Crown has made a payment to Ngāi Tahu as a result of our Relativity Mechanism. The payment is for $1.2 million,…

8th April 2019
Posted under: Pānui

Time to rewire vocational education in Aotearoa

The current vocational education review is an opportunity to address the long-standing inequities in our education system for Māori, says Executive Director of Tokona Te Raki Māori Futures Collective, Dr Eruera Prendergast-Tarena. “One-third of all working age Māori leave school with no qualifications, disillusioned by an education system that leaves them feeling isolated and unable…

From the Editor

The challenges of living with and caring for a whānau member with a disability can at times be overwhelming – the lack of understanding and support, the marginalisation, the ignorance – the list is long! It was inspiring to read of Colleen Brown’s recent accolade (page 18) for her lifetime of advocating for equality and inclusion for those living with a disability.

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