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Environmental watchdogs

Edward Ellison says there is no question the Ngāi Tahu voice has been heard loud and clear by the authorities, and by the chemical companies themselves. He is confident the applicants know what is required of them to meet the expectations of tangata whenua in future.

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Te Rangitaki a Te Ranui
Eat noodles, find husband…

Within a few days of writing this, I will be in Shanghai, the modern Chinese city that is home to more than 24 million people. The city has about 35 universities, with studies ranging across almost every discipline imaginable. I will be attending Fudan University, ranked in the top 10 of all Chinese institutions. Fudan has four campuses and more than 31,000 students.

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Ara mai he toa kura – a rising star

It’s been a clean sweep for 11-year-old Mihiroa Pauling this summer. Not only did she achieve her first national title at the New Zealand Junior Surf Life Saving Championships (Oceans’ 16) taking out the U12 Women’s Beach Flags event, but she also won gold for Beach Flags at the South Island and Canterbury competitions. As well as blitzing the flags, at the recent Canterbury champs she also won gold in the mixed relay, and silver for her beach sprint.

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Healthy Kai
Māori Styles

Starting with a passion for gardening, Jade Temepara’s ambitions may very well be the next step to ensuring our whānau are healthy and thriving. “It’s about everything: employment, enterprise, education, health, wellbeing, connectedness, and just feeling comfortable in a community we have felt quite distant from for a long time.”

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For the love of the longfin eel

When adult longfin eels are ready to leave New Zealand to release their eggs somewhere in the South Pacific, John Wilkie (Waitaha, Kāti Māmoe, Ngāi Tahu – Kāti Hāteatea, Kāti Huirapa, Ngāti Hawea) is there in the Waitaki valley to give them a hand.

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Toi Iho
Bringing soul to the rebuild

In the wake of the 2011 earthquake, mana whenua Ngāi Tūāhuriri realised that one way to bring meaning to the destruction in central Christchurch was to get involved in the recovery process, and ensure that Ngāi Tūāhuriri/Ngāi Tahu identity is visible in the city.

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Te Heke ki Korotuaheka

The route to and from the inland plains, where tī kōuka and weka were harvested, is an old one, and the Te Maiharoa family have been travelling it for a long time. In 2012 the whānau retraced the trail of their ancestors from the coast to present-day Ōmārama, and in 2016, it was time to walk the return journey, tracing the Waitaki River back to coastal Korotuaheka.

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A Sweet Deal

Now mānuka is the basis of a multi-million dollar industry that has sprung up in a short space of time, and is on a growth curve that even the dairy industry can’t match.

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He Aitaka a Tāne
Wharariki easily mistaken for versatile cousin

Although they are widely known as flaxes, wharariki and harakeke are actually lilies. The two species are usually found in different environments, but do cross-breed and hybridise. Horticulturists have bred many coloured ornamental forms that are widely used in landscaping, and some well-known cultivars used by weavers are hybrids.

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