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Rob Tipa artfully weaves together mātauranga (knowledge) from an array of sources in Treasures of Tāne. He displays a true knack for research, with references from early settler records, Pākehā anthropologists’ observations of Māori life, and the scant (and therefore all the more precious) pieces of oral history some Ngāi Tahu whānau preserved through the past century.

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Aukaha

C.A.J. Williams is a Ngāi Tahu poet. These poems are taken from his second collection 50 Historical Footnotes, due to appear in 2019.

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He Tangata
Charisma Rangipunga

Charisma Rangipunga is the Chief Values Officer at Ngāi Tahu Holdings, and is also an author, composer, mother of three boys, and above all, a passionate advocate for the revitalisation of te reo Māori.

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Road to Redemption

“Nā te pō – ko te ao” – From darkness comes light. This ancient creation whakataukī holds a special significance for Rue-Jade Morgan (Kāi Tahu – Kāti Wheke), a young man who rediscovered his love of Te Ao Māori while serving a prison sentence for a serious crime and credits that awakening for saving his life.
Trapped in a violent gang culture that was hostile on all fronts, Jade says he was lucky to survive a horrific childhood.

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Making te reo the norm

Anton Matthews (Te Rarawa, Te Aupōuri) is doing his bit to revitalise and normalise te reo in Ōtautahi, one customer at a time. “I’m a firm believer, and I’m not the first person to say this, but I think to understand Te Ao Māori, or even a little bit of our world, you must have at least a little bit of te reo Māori knowledge,” he says. Anton, along with his sister, Māia Matthews and his wife, Jess Matthews, are the proud owners of FUSH, which is one of the few Māori restaurants in New Zealand to have a bilingual menu. Every item is listed in English and te reo.

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From the Editor

The whakataukī mā pango, mā whero, ka oti ai te mahi (by black and red together the work is done) refers to the importance of collaboration and partnership, and I am struck by a sense of this as I turn the pages of this issue. On page 14 we catch up with award-winning actress and…

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From the CEO

Chief Executive Officer, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Arihia Bennett My Mother – a personal story This year Mother’s Day was significantly different for me, as it was exactly one week after my mother passed away. On this day I walked down the road to the urupā to visit my Mum, and as I stared…

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Whenua

Awarua (the Haast River) flows from Kā Tiritiri-o-te-moana (the Southern Alps) into Te Tai-o-Rehua (the Tasman Sea) north of Ōkahu (Jackson Bay). Awarua was part of the traditional travel route over Tioripātea (Haast Pass) and along the Makarore (Makarora River) that connected Te Tai Poutini (the West Coast) with lakes Wānaka and Hāwea. During the…

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Why the treaty should be included in our citizenship oath

Ka hao te Rakatahi Nā Nuku Tau Recently, there has been debate on whether or not the treaty should be included in our citizenship oath for new migrants. In my view, the Treaty of Waitangi is critical to Māori well-being, and essential to new migrant integration. Therefore, it should without doubt be recognised in the…

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Charitable status

It is by every measure a success story for the ages. From a position of total ownership of Te Waipounamu (Te Tau Ihu bits excluded) in 1840 to being virtually landless just 25 years later, the recovery is today complete. Ngāi Tahu is poised in the next few years to begin delivering social investment outcomes that may eventually see it overtake the central government in this respect.

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