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Hei Mahi Māra
Wild weeds and asparagus

Two of the most common wild food weeds found in a māra are nettle and dandelions; and while I don’t appreciate too many of them in my māra, I understand there is a place for allowing some of them to grow.

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Reviews

In July TE KARAKA staff were privileged to attend the launch of this pukapuka at Te Rau Aroha Marae in Awarua. This was a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge the partnership between the Whenua Hou Komiti and the Department of Conservation that brought this book to life.

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Aukaha

Mātauranga Pītau Ira is a series of artworks created by Ashleigh Zimmerman (Ngāi Tahu – Ngāi Tūāhuriri) for her graduate exhibition, held at the Whangarei Art Museum in November last year. Ashleigh is a secondary school art teacher, and last year completed a Post-Graduate Diploma of Māori Visual Art through Massey University. Her studies provided a welcome opportunity to explore her whakapapa and sense of identity as a Māori woman.

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He Tangata
Kahurangi Materoa Parāoa Wilson-Mahuika

Kahurangi was raised on the West Coast and has always been fiercely proud of his Poutini Ngāi Tahu and Ngāti Porou heritage. He attended Hato Pāora College in the North Island, originally intending to study archaeology. However, at the age of 14, Kahurangi was lucky enough to discover his true calling while on a hīkoi in the Hollyford Valley, and he changed his career aspiration to Cultural Heritage guide.

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Te Aka Haumi o Tahu – whānau stories

Te Aka Haumi o Tahu is now live. A business directory for whānau by whānau. It is a boutique directory we want to grow like a kumara vine to promote our whānau businesses. Whilst the directory isn’t the yellow pages it is a boutique and unique experience. It was built by Ngāi Tahu for the iwi economy to thrive and for us all to bounce the dollar forward. We are on a mission to encourage as many whānau to register their business on our directory.

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He Aituā – Tahu Pōtiki

It is with immense sadness that I acknowledge the loss of my dear friend and colleague Tahu Leslie Karetai Kingi Pōtiki, who passed away in the early evening of Tuesday, 27 August.

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Ngāi Tahu Pounamu and Child Cancer Foundation strengthen partnership

Ngāi Tahu Pounamu Ltd. and the Child Cancer Foundation have signed a Memorandum of Understanding today which builds on the relationship the two organisations have enjoyed since 2015. Ngāi Tahu Pounamu produces hand-made pounamu beads for the Beads of Courage® programme offered by the Child Cancer Foundation. The pounamu bead is the first Bead of…

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From the Editor

As we go to print with this issue of TE KARAKA, Oranga Tamariki continues to be at the forefront of media attention. As is often the case the coverage is largely condemning of the actions of the organisation and its leadership. I am sure there are many success stories to counter these but I guess they don’t make for such sensational headlines.

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From the CEO
Haea Te Awa

With the government’s Wellbeing Budget now announced, we can get on with our own future planning. For the past 18 months we have been working on turning our attention to better positioning our papatipu rūnanga to lead their own wellbeing, environment, and economic aspirations. The idea of regional development has created a groundswell of interest across our rūnanga, with a number readying themselves to lead the way into local investment opportunities. The thought of creating local employment with our own whānau in our own businesses in our own regions is certainly something to get excited about.

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Ka hao te Rakatahi
Let’s cut the toxic banter

Nā Nuku Tau I want to begin by acknowledging the horrific events that took place in Christchurch on 15 March. It’s genuinely hard to find words to express how disgusting and heartbreaking the massacre was. I was gladdened to see our tribe wrap support around those affected, and sincerely hope we as a nation can…

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