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-Te Aka Haumi o Tahu

Ko wai koe? My name is Vicki Keast. I’m a wife, a mother, a grandmother and businesswoman. Sometimes I feel a bit whakamā about my connection to my heritage. I’m so determined to learn about who I am, and I just love the sound of the Māori language. Years ago, when I was younger I…

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Gre3n Superfood & Juice Bar
-Te Aka Haumi o Tahu

Hi I’m Julienne Petherbridge (Julz). My connection to Ngāi Tahu is through Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke at Rāpaki – I am from the Couch whānau. My mum, who is sadly no longer with us, was passionate about her whānau and sharing her connection to Ngāi Tahu. My partner, Carlos Moa and I, together are…

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Te Aka Haumi o Tahu – Maui Studios

We are continuing to grow the kumara vine to promote our whānau businesses. Bouncing the dollar forward is our mission to encourage as many whānau to register their business on our directory.

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Ngāi Tahu whānau successful in local elections

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu has today acknowledged the Ngāi Tahu whānau members who stood in their local body elections and extended its congratulations to the successful candidates. This year at least 15 Ngāi Tahu candidates ran in various election categories across New Zealand. From that group, seven have been confirmed as elected in their…

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Ngā Hau e Whā
From the Editor

It’s hard to believe it is only three months since we published the last issue of TE KARAKA. So much can change in such a short time, as we have witnessed with the passing of a number of whānau and tribal leaders, among them Tahu Pōtiki and Pere Tainui. Over the past year we have had the privilege of featuring stories on both Tahu and Pere – two rangatira with incredible vision and passion for their whānau, hapū, and iwi; and for the revitalisation of cultural practices.

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From the CEO
Big plans ahead for me!

I know you are supposed to be discreet about your age but it’s a bit late for that now as I move closer towards that gold card than most others around me in the workplace. As a child it seemed to take forever for my birthday to roll around each year, knowing that a present would arrive from my grandmother in the form of a card with 20 cents inside the envelope. Of course once this landed in my lap, I was straight down to the corner dairy to buy a bag of lollies. This event marked another year older.

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Whenua
Moturau

Moturau is the correct Māori name for Lake Manapōuri in Te Rua-o-te-Moko (Fiordland). Roto-Ua is an earlier name for the lake, and was given by the Waitaha explorer Rākaihautū when digging the lake with his kō, on account of the persistent rain that troubled his party here. Puhiruru (Rona Island) is the island in the…

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He Whakaaro
Oranga Tamariki – Not one more baby?

Not a week after Māoridom erupted over the harrowing images of a baby being uplifted from its mother in Napier earlier this year, another baby was killed in his home. This murdered baby was one of six children – the other five had previously been uplifted by Oranga Tamariki. Some rangatira have been quick to criticise the Oranga Tamariki uplifts with cries of “Not one more baby”.

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Ka hao te Rakatahi
Caring for our planet

I was born on the cusp of the second millennium. As a child, the stuffed huia birds at the Canterbury Museum captured my imagination. The idea of “extinction” – something being here and then not – fascinated me. Extinction happened in the past, when people were careless because they did not have the knowledge that we have today … or so I thought as an 8-year-old.

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Written in the stars

The stars have aligned for Dark Sky Project, a bold new astro-tourism venture in Takapō. It’s the longstanding vision of the founders of Dark Sky Project’s predecessor Earth & Sky, Graeme Murray and Hide Ozawa, whose passion is to preserve and showcase the region’s famously dark skies. This purpose has new fulfilment through a joint venture with Ngāi Tahu Tourism.
The new building, named Rehua, boasts a multi-media indoor astronomy experience that combines science and tātai aroraki (Māori astronomy). A mana whenua working party ensured they were able to contribute to the project in a way that celebrated their time-honoured connection to Te Manahuna (the Mackenzie Basin).

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