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A Tokyo tale
Why did a Japanese businessman and philanthropist lend millions of dollars to Ngāi Tahu?

The manaakitanga begins when three black vehicles pull up on the forecourt of our hotel on the edge of the Ginza district in Tokyo.

Kaiwhakahaere Tā Mark Solomon and Tā Tipene O’Regan are in Tokyo to present tokotoko and koha to Japanese businessman and philanthropist Masashi Yamada and his right-hand man, Yoshikazu Narimoto, in recognition of an important relationship shared with Ngāi Tahu.

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Locked out of national parks
A call to action from Kaiwhakahaere Tā Mark Solomon.

I expect some of you heard my speech on indigenous rights within New Zealand national parks at the Inaugural World Indigenous Network Conference, held in Darwin last year.

In that speech I made the point that national parks are not viewed by indigenous peoples in the same way that they are viewed in the Western tradition – as places in which to be free and able to soak up vast amounts of natural beauty.

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Life without a stomach

Detroit Stirling (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Porou, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui) had a ‘Goodbye Puku’ party the week before they removed his stomach. He drank plenty and ate KFC like there was no tomorrow.

The next week he went into hospital in Christchurch to have his stomach removed. If that sounds mind boggling, it is.

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A world history of Bluff

Ngāi Tahu historian Dr Michael Stevens believes his study of Bluff will reshape the way people think about the town’s place in the maritime world, New Zealand’s economic development, and race relations. Kaituhi Rob Tipa reports. Michael’s bonds with New Zealand’s southernmost com-mercial deepwater port date back six generations on two branches of his family, which…

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Arahura dreaming

When Ngāti Waewae Rūnanga officially opens its new whare tipuna in November on the terrace overlooking the Arahura River and the ocean, it will realise a long-held dream. Kaituhi Mark Revington reports. It is a depressingly familiar story. In 1859 Poutini Ngāi Tahu entered into negotiations with the Crown for the purchase of Te Tai…

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In a league of his own

Korey Gibson has the same full contact approach to business that made him excel as a rugby league player and mixed martial arts fighter. Kaituhi Brent Melville does his best to keep up. Korey Gibson has just taken delivery of an InBody composition scanner from Australia, a machine you stand on to measure your body’s…

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Toi Iho
Ka Mua, Ka Muri

In Te Ao Māori you’ll often hear it said that we “walk backwards into the future”– ka mua, ka muri. Our vision fixed on history, learning from those who have gone before us as we forge new paths.

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Hei Mahi Māra
Toxic Spring

A beginner’s guide to growing organic vegetables nā Tremane Barr I believe all regional councils should come clean and tell the public what they do know about Hazardous Activities and Industries List (HAIL) properties in all regions, even if the information they have is imperfect. The news in May of this year that the soil…

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Reviews

Fred Graham, Creator of Forms, Te Tohunga Auaha Nā Maria de Jong with Fred Graham Huia Publishers RRP: $49.99 Review nā Megan Tamati-Quennell A book written about Fred Graham, his art, and legacy is well overdue. Fred Graham belongs to the group of artists who were pioneers in the development of a new form of…

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He Aitaka A Tāne
Tētēaweka prefers life on the wild side

Plants nā Rob Tipa Roaring Forties gales blast through the turbulenttidal shallows of Foveaux Strait, which separates Te Waipounamu from Rakiura. This is no place for the faint-hearted, and that goes for plants as much as the hardy southern souls who live and work here. The salt spray and frequent westerly gales are fierce enough…

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