Close

Our Stories

Understanding the Marae Development Fund

In 2011, the Marae Development Fund was created by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu to support the 18 Papatipu Rūnanga with their aspirations around marae development. Jennifer Walsh, who is the Programme Leader for the Ngāi Tahu Funds, says the idea of the Marae Development Fund came from Papatipu Rūnanga when they recognised marae development…

Read More
arowhenua+marae+development

Marae development underway

Several Papatipu Rūnanga are currently completing development projects at their marae. Among those working on everything from minor renovations to full building projects are Waihao, Arowhenua, Hokonui, Rāpaki and Koukourārata. For Waihao Marae, building developments will allow marae staff more space to work and host their guests. Rūnanga Chair Graeme Lane says developments have come…

Read More

Whakaraupō initiative

A new initiative to restore the health of Lyttelton Harbour/Whakaraupō was launched today. The initiative will see five major players in the management of Whakaraupō/ Lyttelton Harbour – Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Environment Canterbury, Christchurch City Council, and the Lyttelton Port Company – join forces to create an action…

Read More

New scholarships for Ngāi Tahu whānui

The Office of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu have created two new scholarships for Ngāi Tahu whānui. These scholarships aim to create pathways for Ngāi Tahu whānui to work in communications and environmental management. They include full fees for study and paid work experience within the Office. To apply for the scholarships go to this…

Read More

Helping whānau with the cost of education

Over the last decade Whai Rawa has helped over 250 whānau to pursue their tertiary education dreams. David Tikao, Programme Leader – Whai Rawa, says nearly $500,000 has been withdrawn by members to assist them with tertiary study. “Whai Rawa is different to Kiwi Saver because we allow our members to withdraw for tertiary education…

Read More

Ngāi Tahu Tourism takes to the skies with new purchase

Ngāi Tahu Tourism has signed a deal to purchase Queenstown’s leading scenic helicopter business, Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters. The purchase is a significant investment for Ngāi Tahu Tourism which will become the full owner of Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters, which offers scenic flights and luxury charter services. Ngāi Tahu Tourism Chief Executive, Quinton Hall, says…

Read More

Mahinga Kai funding applications increase.

The Ngāi Tahu Fund has $5,000 available to each of the eighteen Papatipu Rūnanga through its Mahinga Kai Enhancement Fund for creating  planned activities around mahinga kai projects. Senior Funds Advisor Helen Thoms says that having clarity around Papatipu Rūnanga planned activities for mahinga kai can help the fund plan for future funding needs. The…

Read More

Go Bus invests $11m in Christchurch urban passenger fleet

    New Zealand’s biggest and most diverse bus operator Go Bus Transport is investing $11 million in 27 new buses for its Christchurch urban passenger fleet as part of a strategy to improve bus patronage. The new buses will replace older vehicles in the company’s existing fleet in the region, and Go Bus plans…

Read More

Celebrating ten years of Whai Rawa

In the last decade Whai Rawa funds under management have risen to $52-million with nearly 2000 whānau who have been helped into new homes, tertiary education or retirement. David Tikao, Whai Rawa Programme Leader, says much of the success has come from member buy-in. “We have nearly 22,000 members and to date we have helped…

Read More

Ten years of success

Three key Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu programmes celebrate their tenth anniversary this year. Aoraki Bound, the Ngāi Tahu Fund and Whai Rawa were designed to help grow and strengthen Ngāi Tahu whānau culturally and financially, and over the past ten years they have done exactly that. Arihia Bennett, Chief Executive Officer, Te Rūnanga o…

Read More