Connect with Ngāi Tahu

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If one or more of your tīpuna was listed in the Ngāi Tahu 1848 Census or "Blue Book", then you are Ngāi Tahu. The first step to connecting with your iwi is to complete your whakapapa registration.

Your Papatipu Rūnanga

There are 18 Papatipu Rūnanga spread throughout Te Waipounamu.

They exist to uphold the mana of their people over the land, the sea and the natural resources in their rohe.

No rūnanga is the same, each has opportunities and challenges shaped by the land, the environment, the towns and cities and the people that make the region home.

Living Overseas?

Quite a few of our Ngāi Tahu whānau live outside of the takiwā, but just because you may live far away doesn't mean you don't have access to our resources. 

  • You can access our publications online. 
  • Our grants are open to whānau regardless of where you live. 
  • Taurahere Groups are set up in major centres outside the takiwā, including some in Australia. 

Tahu FM

Tahu FM is the South Island's number-one iwi radio station. As the voice of Ngāi Tahu, our passion is to connect our people with their heritage and identity.


How to tune in


99.6FM Invercargill 90.5FM Christchurch
95FM Dunedin 90.7FM Kaikōura
89.1FM Timaru Nationwide on Channel 423 Sky



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