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First Nations visitors study Ngāi Tahu language programs

Among the rush of groups visiting Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu at the end of the year was a study group from Blue Quills College led by Doctor Marilyn Shirt, Dean of Indigenous Languages. The group was here to study Maori education and language programs and to meet local iwi in the spirit of cultural exchange and…

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From the editor

Haere rā Harry Evison. It has often been said that although Ngāi Tahu knew for generations that they had been swindled by the Crown, it was historian Harry Evison who was crucial in showing how.

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From the CEO

It is just over two years since I became chief executive of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and as I begin to prepare for Christmas, I am already thinking about 2015 and beyond.

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Whenua – Te Au Nui (Mataura Falls)

Te Au Nui (Mataura Falls) on the Mataura River is traditionally renowned for its abundance of kanakana (lampreys). This important mahinga kai has survived against the odds. In the late 19th century it was drastically altered when the Mataura Paper Mill and the Mataura Freezing Works were established on opposite sides of the river. Fifteen metres…

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Future proof
What do the coming decades look like for Ngāi Tahu?

Kaituhi Mark Revington reports. What will the world be like for Ngāi Tahu in 2050? Think about it. That is 36 years away. Then think about how far the tribe has come in the comparatively short time since settlement. A heads of agreement was signed with the Crown in 1996 and in 1998 the settlement…

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Arahura awakes

  It rained of course. But that didn’t dampen the opening of Tūhuru, the new Ngāti Waewae whare tipuna at Arahura. The whare was blessed in the early morning drizzle and then a fierce haka pōwhiri welcomed manuhuriri mid morning. It featured women doing mau rākau, a tradition last seen on the marae a long…

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Te Ao o te Māori

Every wine vintage has a whakapapa, says Mat Donaldson (Ngāi Te Rakiāmoa), head winemaker at Pegasus Bay Winery.

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