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This book is anchored at Awarua. It offers rich and revealing windows into southern Kāi Tahu life on the coasts and waters of southern Murihiku. People who live seasonal existences in this part of Te Waipounamu – think muttonbirding, oystering and fishing – see their friends, cousins, and themselves in this book.

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Aukaha

Aukaha is a regular feature that celebrates the creative talent of Ngāi Tahu whānau. I First Heard Woody Guthrie At Moeraki nā Rangi Faith and Taonga Pūoru nā Teoti Jardine.

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Maui Brennan

Maui Brennan (Ngāi Tahu – Ngāi Tūāhuriri) grew up in Ōtautahi in a bicultural household. Being of Italian and Māori whānau, Maui appreciates not only the similarities between his two cultures, but also the strong sense of identity that has blossomed from his upbringing.

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He mana tō te ikoa – The mana carried within a name

A Ngāi Tahu academic says Māori are the lead experts in the history of Māori place names in Te Waipounamu. Dr Matiu Payne has responded to a recent letter published in the Akaroa Mail that he says is a misinformed opinion about Horomaka, an area of special significance for his iwi.

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Professor Poia Rewi prepared for new challenge

University of Otago Professor Poia Rewi says he’s ready for the challenges ahead in his new role as chief executive of Te Mātāwai. The staunch reo advocate spoke to Tahu News about his new role and the years he’s spent working with Ngāi Tahu.

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He waka eke noa – Haeata waiata a hit with the community

Hoea tō koutou nā waka Kōmanawa! Haeata kaiako Antonio Toetoe spearheaded a waiata project on behalf of his Kōmanawa whānau of kaiako and tamariki. The result – an awesome waiata and new music opportunities for the Kōmanawa whānau to explore. Ko Henare Te Aika-Puanaki te kaikawe kōrero.

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