Ngāi Tahu holds Hui-ā-Tau

This Saturday Te Rūnanga o Arowhenua will host Ngāi Tahu for Hui-ā-Tau. The meeting will also be streamed live to three locations around the South Island so whānau can connect via a web-link.

The one-day event is all about the kōrero (conversations), so the focus will be on allowing members to hear some short presentations, followed by questions and answers.

Arowhenua chairperson John Henry is delighted to host this year’s annual hui and is looking forward to catching up with whānau from throughout the South Island.

“It’s always good to have a face-to-face conversation with our governors, to ask questions of them and most importantly to catch up with whānau.”

It’s been another successful year for South Island iwi Ngāi Tahu, with the annual results for Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Group showing a number of positive results.

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Kaiwhakahaere, Tā Mark Solomon says the excellent performance by Ngāi Tahu Holdings Corporation (NTHC – the investment arm of the iwi) “which has allowed for increased dividends to provide the funds to invest in our people”.

His highlights for the year included Manawa Hou, a hīkoi designed to help Ngāi Tahu rangatahi explore their Ngāi Tahutanga, the Māori trade training programme, He Toki ki te Rika, and the Ngāi Tahu reo awards, “which celebrated those of our whānau who are supporting the journey of language revitalisation.”

“We are always interested in the feedback from whānau and learning what we can do to support their aspirations.”

While the kōrero is the focus of this year’s annual general meeting, whānau have made the most of the occasion and have organised a te reo softball tournament in Timaru. Three teams will head to the dugout following the hui to play softball in a full immersion te reo environment.

The idea is inspired by a Canterbury social softball team which plays softball in te reo to encourage greater use of the language in a social setting.