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Biologically intensive gardening

During Waitangi weekend I was fortunate enough to attend a two-day workshop in Christchurch entitled the “Six Figure Farming NZ Tour”. Two Canadian micro-market gardeners shared their stories and skills on how to successfully run two very different yet very profitable small-scale organic vegetable growing operations. The term “Six Figure Farming” comes from their realisation that it’s possible to make more than $100,000 per acre in gross income with a general profit margin of around 40–60%.

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Reviews
Books

It is very fitting that this review appears in TE KARAKA, because of the connection between Te Whiti and his followers, and their enforced presence in our rohe. It’s some time since I’d read Dick Scott’s Ask That Mountain, so Danny Keenan’s book is a welcome refresher. It is a readable, inspiring, but ultimately sad tale about power and injustice.

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Tihou Weepu

In 2015 Tihou was the recipient of the Vodafone World of Difference Scholarship, which awarded him $100,000 to put towards the creation of a rangatahi kaupapa now known as Tuia Te Tai Poutini. He is employed by WestREAP (Rural Education Activities Programme) as a Kaitautoko Rangatahi. His role is to co-facilitate leadership wānanga, and develop new and innovative ways to help rangatahi build a connection to people and place.

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Toitū Tauraka Waka recognised as Wāhi Tūpuna

The Toitū Tauraka Waka became the first place in Te Waipounamu to be recognised for its ancestral significance as a Wāhi Tūpuna under the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014 on 22 January 2016. The entry recognises the importance of this site and its place in New Zealand’s national identity. The occasion is to…

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From the CEO

As Christmas approaches I am reflecting on being CEO for the past three years. I can truly say that time has not stood still. The recent Hui-ā-Iwi held in Dunedin is a testament to the many activities that Ngāi Tahu whānau are so enthusiastically engaged in. Otepoti was buzzing and alive with whanaungatanga at the heart of our gathering. Whānau from all directions rekindled their connections.

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Whenua
Kaitorete Spit

Kaitorete is the wide shingle spit that separates the waters of Te Waihora from the sea. Extending from the foot of Te Pātaka o Rakaihautu at Wairewa in the north to Taumutu in the south, it was part of a key travel route for Ngāi Tahu travelling along Kā Poupou a Rakihouia (the Canterbury seaboard).

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Kotahi Mano Kāika Te Reo Awards

Ngāi Tahu language leaders have been recognised at the Kotahi Mano Kāika Te Reo Awards, held in Dunedin on the eve of Hui-ā-Iwi. The awards celebrate and promote a sense of pride in the revival of te reo Māori in the Kāi Tahu takiwā.

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Return to splendour

Ngāi Tahu designer Darlene Gore earned a place at New Zealand Fashion Week in August through the Miromoda Competition, established by the Indigenous Māori Fashion Apparel Board to nurture young Māori designers in the early stages of their careers.

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In their blood

Kristy affiliates to Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki, and has always felt a strong connection to her cultural background. She has been interested in design since her mother taught her to sew as a child, and decided to combine these two passions by studying Māori Visual Arts and Politics at Massey University in Palmerston North. Kristy’s collection, Aho Creative, placed third in the Emerging Designer category at the Miromoda Competition. Her intention was to create garments that weave whakapapa and Māori design into contemporary and wearable items of clothing.

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