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Te Whare Taonga ki Kawatea

When Kōtukumairangi was paddled down the Ōpara River on Waitangi Day this year it marked 20 years since the waka had been formally gifted to Ngāi Tahu by the late Murray Thacker (1933-2017), founder of the Okains Bay Māori and Colonial Museum. Craig Pauling and Iaean Cranwell have been the unofficial kaitiaki of Kōtukumairangi for much of that time, taking responsibility for training and coordination of paddlers, and overseeing care and maintenance of the waka, in collaboration with museum volunteers and staff. In so doing they have been contributing to the intergenerational history of Ngāi Tahu involvement with the museum (and its famous Waitangi Day commemorations) that stretches back almost half a century.

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Unleashing tomorrow’s leaders

The whenua kura, unleash the māui programme is breaking new ground for young Māori eyeing a career in the primary sector.

Māori interests across the sector are growing with 50 per cent of the fishing quota, 40 per cent of forestry, 30 per cent in lamb production, 30 per cent in sheep and beef production and 10 per cent in dairy production, according to New Zealand Foreign Affairs and Trade.
However, according to Bob Cottrell (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Raukawa) from the Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP), a key partner behind the Unleash the Māui programme, there still needs to be more Māori in the sector.

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Te Ao o te Māori

Ngaropi, the kuia with the moko kauae, would put her walking stick out and touch one of the strands so I knew it was in the wrong place. I’d look at her and I’d shift it and she’d go, ‘kāo, no!’ They would laugh and chatter away, but I didn’t mind at all, because that’s when I really got the feel of harakeke and knew, hey, this is something I want to do.

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Hei Mahi Māra
Ecopsychology and the Māra

Autumn is a time to optimistically look forward to a bountiful harvest from the hard work put in through spring and summer. As I have said in recent articles, the benefits of having a māra are multi-faceted; not least of all getting the nutrition we need to feed all the bugs and bacteria that make up our internal microbiome and help keep us physically healthy. Research is also increasingly showing that the psychological benefit of just being in nature is also very important for our sense of wellbeing.

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Reviews

This pukapuka was written – or rewritten – by author and language teacher David Kārena-Holmes in response to increasing demand for Māori language resources throughout the country. He describes it as “essentially a complete rewrite” of his earlier book, Māori Language: Understanding the Grammar.

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Aukaha

It was magic to eat fish sandwiches so close to the sea, with gulls squawking, the water hitting the rocks and all the salt in the air.
After we ate, Tom Aiken took us to the seal colony. There we could see the mountains on both sides of Kaikōura.
‘This is the best spot to understand what a peninsula is,’ Tom Aiken said.
‘What’s a peninsula?’ Beth asked.
‘Just land. Land almost completely surrounded by water. Except for one piece, one small bit, which connects it to the rest, and that little bit is all that’s stopping it from being an island.’

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He Tangata
Lucie O’Sullivan

Ngāi Tahu – Waihōpai, Awarua Lucie O’Sullivan (Ngāi Tahu – Waihōpai, Awarua) grew up in Perth, but having family both past and present call Aotearoa home has helped her form her own sense of place and identity. She has held fast to her heritage, and has shared her family’s joy in exploring Aotearoa on visits…

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COVID-19, Kaiwhakahaere update

In these unprecedented times, the health and wellbeing of our whānau members remains our top priority. We know that kaimahi from our papatipu rūnanga have been working hard to connect with whānau in their rohe to identify what support is required – particularly for our kaumātua and those with underlying conditions that place them at greater risk. With this in mind we have begun calling all registered kaumātua to check in on them.

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Te Aka Haumi o Tahu:
a vehicle for connection

In November last year Te Aka Haumi o Tahu was launched to whānau near and far. This year, Tahu FM presenter Piki Skerrett-White is keeping his finger on the pulse by sitting down with Dr Hana O’Regan to talk about the hohonutanga and timatanga of our fresh new Kāi Tahu business directory. Piki: He kaupapa…

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Ngā Hau e Whā
From the Editor

Leadership: a word with multiple interpretations. It is both a quality and an action, and something that most of us demonstrate in some aspect of our lives, whether it’s within our whānau, community, or workplace. Growing future leaders has long been a priority for Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu – leaders who are confident in…

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