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Danni Thian

Danni Thian (Ngāi Tahu), the recipient of the 2014 Agria-Hōaka scholarship, will travel to Beijing in February to spend 12 months studying Mandarin at Tsinghua University. It’s an opportunity she feels fortunate to have. “It’s all surreal,” says Danni, 24, who works as a commercial operations, labour market, and welfare analyst at the Treasury in…

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Ngāti Waewae opens new whare tipuna

A huge crowd of Ngāi Tahu iwi and guests gathered for the opening of the new Ngāti Waewae whare tipuna, Tūhuru on Friday 21 November, despite torrential rain and cold conditions. The $5.5 million, state-of-the-art complex has been under construction for five years and is the first dedicated marae at Arahura in 145 years. The…

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Saving Kākāpō

The kākāpō is one of the rarest parrots in the world and every year countless people from around the world, including dozens of hard-working volunteers, give their time and energy trying to save the kākāpō from the brink of extinction. Once widespread in New Zealand, by the time Europeans arrived in the early 1880s, kākāpō…

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NZ Hat & Hair Art Awards

NZ Hat & Hair Art Awards is an innovative, creative and spectacular wearable arts competition and show. Featuring the brilliance and creativity of leading artists, impressive masterpieces are presented in a catwalk show with a contemporary edge.

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From the editor

Haere rā Uncle Hori. Haere rā Uncle Rik.

One was widely known for his kōrero and his tireless work on Te Kerēme. The other was widely known for his tireless mahi in protecting kaimoana. Henare Rakiihia Tau lodged Wai 27 with the Waitangi Tribunal on behalf of Ngā Tahu on behalf of the Ngāi Tahu Trust Board. That simple act set in train the events that enabled Ngāi Tahu to move on from decades of grievance.

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From the CEO

Chief Executive Officer, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Arihia Bennett Generation Rangatahi I was recently privileged to spend an intensive ‘bootcamp’ week for New Zealand CEOs at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University in the United States. The programme was designed to extend business leaders in a way that could further stimulate and…

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Whenua – Ōmakō

Ōmakō is one of the Ngāi Tahu names for the Lindis Pass area. The name denotes both the pass and the river. This dramatic and iconic landscape which links Te Manahuna (Mackenzie Basin) with the lakes of Central Otago was part of an important ara tawhito extending from the Waitaki river mouth to Lake Hawea….

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Kā Manukura o Te Reo
Ngā Manu Kōrero

Dry statistics would tell you the future of te reo Māori is under threat. The passion of rangatahi like Thomas Aerepo Morgan and Te Aotahi Rice-Edwards suggest otherwise. One learnt to speak te reo Māori from birth. It is his first language. The other grew up speaking English and, aged 13, enrolled in an Invercargill…

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Tūhoe settlement shows how far we have come

In 1992 I went to Australia on an ANZAC fellowship to study aboriginal land claim settlements. The High Court of Australia had just issued its Mabo decision, which held that aboriginal groups had native title interests in the land which the Crown should have recognised over the last 200 years. Māori legal interests in land had been recognised for around 150 years, so in that sense, Australian law was literally catching up on 150 years of established property law in New Zealand.

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