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Corri Ackerman

Corri Ackerman was born in Hawke’s Bay and raised on Te Pātaka o Rākaihautū (Banks Peninsula). She attended Te Waipounamu Māori Girls’ College for three years and then at age 17 went tipi-haere; over the next 10 years she moved to Te Tai Tokerau, Wellington, Auckland, back to Te Tai Tokerau, Australia and finally did a tiny stint in the Middle East. Throughout this time she returned regularly to Te Pātaka o Rākaihautū to work the Akaroa tourist season and stoke the home fires. It was while she was in the Middle East she felt a deep and aching pull from tūpuna to return home and mahia te mahi (do the work).

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Ngāi Tahu sporting success

Talented and dedicated rangatahi Paris Lokotui (Ngāi Tahu, Ngati Kuri, Te Rarawa, Te Aupouri, Tonga) has just completed a remarkable year representing New Zealand in three sports. The triple international has this year competed in the New Zealand under 16 water polo, New Zealand under 17 basketball and Aotearoa Māori netball teams. Paris has kept…

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He Rau Mahara – Honouring our tīpuna who served in the Great War

The blessing and unveiling of He Rau Mahara, a Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu publication paying tribute to the Ngāi Tahu soldiers of WW1, was a chance for those descendants of veterans interviewed to celebrate their Papa, Pōua or great uncle and reflect on the trials they faced in the Great War. He Rau Mahara,…

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Lisa Tumahai appointed Kaiwhakahaere of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu

It is with great pleasure that we announce Lisa Tumahai, representative for Ngāti Waewae Rūnanga, was appointed as Kaiwhakahaere (chair) of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu following an election today. The election took place at the Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Board meeting at Tuahiwi Marae. Matapura Ellison, representative for Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki,…

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Continued growth in tribal wealth marks 20-year milestone

The wealth of Ngāi Tahu continues to grow, 20 years on from the settlement of our claim with the Crown, with a net profit of $126.8m achieved for the year ended 30 June 2017. The strong profit growth of Ngāi Tahu Holdings has enabled a direct distribution of $49.6m to Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu which…

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Building success

Being able to say he built a house was something Adam Lord would not have dreamed of when he signed up to He Toki in 2011. But this year working for McKenzie Builders, Adam has officially completed his first build. While Adam (Ngāi Tahu, Tuwharetoa, Te Whānau a Apanui, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu) had been…

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Connecting Ngāi Tahu whānau to grow our iwi capability

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu is proud to announce the launch of Te Pou Here – an exciting new tool to grow iwi capability and lift the horizon of opportunity for whānau members – wherever you are in the world. Te Pou Here refers to the mooring post and stems from “te pou here takata,…

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Ngāi Tahu rangatahi feel the wairua

The recent success of the Kotahi Mano Wawata Rakatahi Symposium reveals the rising number of culturally competent rangatahi who are hungry for forums to celebrate and connect with their Ngāi Tahutanga. To have over 100 rangatahi contributing In bilingual workshops marks a significant milestone for Kotahi Mano Kāika, which ran the symposium in Ōtautahi from…

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