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There are many ‘tā moko, tatau, tattoo’ books on the market that focus predominately on the finished artwork or its kaupapa, but few, if any, focus on the tattooist or kaitā who produce these works of art. It is refreshing to pick up a book solely dedicated to showcasing some of New Zealand’s leading skin artists.

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He Kōrero Pākihi
Connected, thriving

They arrive in my inbox every so often. An invitation to indulge a colleague’s self-adulation. “I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn.” Oh how truly wonderful, I think, someone considers me worthy of their professional network. And then I delete.

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Ngā Take Pūtea
Saving power

Saving is empowering. It can also be hard. That is until you know how. Even low earners can put a few dollars a week aside for emergencies or their future.

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He Tangata
Kate Souness

I recently sailed as a crew member on board Ngahiraka Mai Tawhiti alongside Te Aurere from Rapanui to Tahiti as part of the Waka Tapu voyage. I was a crew member on the second leg of the voyage and I was flown alongside other crew to meet the waka in Rapanui. We left New Zealand for Rapanui on November 26. I’ve been sailing with Te Aurere for 10 years now, mainly at weekend wānanga. This was my first long voyage.

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Rock art hīkoi

Hundreds of Māori rock art sites have been found scattered all over the Ngāi Tahu takiwā, from Bluff to Kaikōura, and archeologists continue to find more. Last weekend a rōpū of Ngāi Tahu artists went on a hīkoi to visit some of the South Canterbury rock art sites. Ross Hemera (Ngāi Tahu, Waitaha, Ngāti Mamoe),…

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Hui ā Iwi 2012

With a new name and new look, Ngāi Tahu staged its inaugural Hui-ā-Iwi, attracting Ngāi Tahu whānau from all over Aotearoa. It was organised in response to consistent feedback that whānau wanted whanaungatanga – connecting and renewing relationships with each other – to be the focus for annual hui.

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Follow the leader

How do Ngāi Tahu leaders emerge? How will Ngāi Tahu rangatahi learn the old teachings that they can apply to the future? Questions of leadership abound as the iwi face a new reality.

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Growing up in a post-settlement world

What does it mean to be a Ngāi Tahu rangatahi growing up today? What do they think about the tribe and its future? TE KARAKA asked four rangatahi what being Ngāi Tahu means to them. Photographs Tony Bridge Pania Bridge-Comer Pania Bridge-Comer (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Rangitihi) is a little different to the other rangatahi interviewed…

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Postcard from the Pacific

For two years, Te Mana o te Moana fleet of seven waka sailed on an amazing journey. From Tāmaki-makau-rau, Aotearoa, the fleet sailed to Tahiti, Hawaii and San Francisco, down to the Galapagos Islands. Next was French Polynesia, the Cook Islands, Samoa, Fiji, and Vanuatu, and then the Solomon Islands for the 11th Festival of Pacific Arts in July, before sailing back to their home islands.

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