Our Stories - Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu

Our Stories


It’s hard to believe it has been 40 years since Witi burst onto the writing scene with his first collection of short stories. Yet with me in the midst of child-rearing, it hardly registered till later.

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He Tangata
Ariana Tikao

What constitutes a good day? Good food, good company, a walk by the sea or in our beautiful ngahere, listening to the tūī sing.

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Tā moko rising

Wearing it on the face, says Ōtautahi master carver and tohunga moko Riki Manuel, shows a great commitment to the culture: it is an indelible part of how the world sees you as a person.

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Whare uku: Earth Dwelling

Taking ownership for their whānau tino rangatiratanga is the motivation behind a young couple’s adoption of an innovative new way to build their home in Ahipara, Northland.

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The language disruptors

To introduce our new series on te reo champions, kaituhituhi Mark Revington talks to Lynne-Harata Te Aika and her son Henare.

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From the Editor

There’s a sense of renewal in this issue of TE KARAKA, appropriate given that it is spring. In Tā moko rising, we talk to nine Ngāi Tahu who have chosen to receive moko on their faces.

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