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New Town Centre at Wigram Skies

Construction will start next year on a $40 million retail, office and supermarket hub at the Ngāi Tahu Property-owned Wigram Skies residential development in south-west Christchurch. Building consent will shortly be sought for Stage 1, comprising 2000m2 of retail and office space (7000m2 total) and the supermarket, spread across five buildings in what will be…

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Ngāi Tahu writer wins award

Last week, Hinemoana Baker (Ngāi Tahu) was named as the Victoria University Writer-in-Residence for 2014. Hinemoana is best known as a poet and has published two poetry collections, “matuhi/needle” and “koiwi koiwi.” She has travelled nationally and internationally performing her work. We caught up with her to get her thoughts on her latest success. Your…

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My Pounamu – Lucy Carter

Lucy Carter (Ngāi Tahu) is a Project Co-Ordinator at Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. She affiliates to Oraka Aparima Rūnanga and lives in Christchurch. Here, she talks about two of her favourite pieces of pounamu. My matau piece was a koha from my parents, which I received as a gift when I graduated from the…

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Storm Uru – Pursuing dreams

Storm Uru (Ngāi Tūāhuriri) is off to Oxford University to complete an MBA. It’s the latest chapter in his academic career and he’s using his Whai Rawa savings to help meet the costs. Storm already has a long list of qualifications to his name, including a Bachelor of Business Studies (Finance), a Postgraduate Diploma in…

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Ngāi Tahu tribal wānanga on mining, oil and gas

Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki recently hosted the Ngāi Tahu wānanga on mining, oil and gas, where an overview of existing and future mining, and proposed exploration for minerals, oil and gas in the takiwā was presented. The wānanga included presentations from the Ministry for the Environment, Environmental Protection Agency, NZ Petroleum and Minerals, Department…

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NZ Blood Service building progresses

Ngāi Tahu Property is working in partnership with the New Zealand Blood Service (NZBS) to build a new 3,900m2, two-level state-of-the-art facility at Lester Lane in Christchurch.

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Bringing cultures together

Leila Goddard (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Irakehu) has travelled a long way from her Canterbury roots. These days, you’ll find her in the forests of Thailand, teaching art at Children of the Forest, a centre for stateless Burmese refugee children living on the Thai/Burmese border. Leila, 36, has been living in Sangkhlaburi, Thailand, since December 2011….

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Perfect Storm

Sheldon Pitama (Ngāi Tūāhuriri, Ngāti Wheke, Ngāti Kurī) was fifteen when he caught the eye of rugby league talent scouts at a trial game in Christchurch. Since then he has played for the Kiwi under 16 side and captained the South Island Scorpions. This November he heads for Melbourne and the Melbourne Storm. Kaituhituhi Sampson…

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Clash of the Marae Kai titans

  In the end it came down to one point. After one hour of intense concentration in an unfamiliar kitchen, the ringawera from Mangamaunu Marae were edged out of the reality television series Marae Kai Masters by Huria Marae (Ngāti Ranginui) from Tauranga in a compelling seafood challenge. There was both disappointment and relief at…

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Crossing cultures

Cordons around Ōtautahi’s Square have been replaced with vibrant hoardings bearing signs, symbols and geometric architectural patterns, bringing new life to a dormant cityscape. A contemporary whare made of scaffolding, plastic bread baskets, and living plants also sits as a thoughtful juxtaposition to the ruined cathedral. Kaituhituhi Adrienne Rewi reports. These works, by two leading…

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