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A stranger in a strange land: painful lessons about belonging

There’s a reason I’m exploring identity and belonging and that reason is the fact that I was adopted at birth. This fact has in many ways shaped my life. I grew up in a Pākehā family. My parents, two brothers and their families still live in Christchurch; and for more than 26 years I have lived in Melbourne.

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Manawaroa Rimene

Manawaroa Rimene was born and raised in Ōtepoti, but has lived across the ditch in Brisbane for nearly 12 years now. Between being the proud mum to two whāngai children and working as a policy analyst/risk manager, she still manages to find the time for regular visits home. Earlier this year, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu returned the favour by bringing a little bit of home to Manawaroa with the Brisbane Roadshow.

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The First Voice

Liz Kereru emerges from the tumbling surf, a small figure in the endless stretch of North Canterbury horizon. Sunshine warms the crisp autumn air, catching glistening droplets as she tilts her head to smile at Ranginui.

The visual metaphor could not be stronger – mana wahine, the sacred feminine.

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Te Ātanga, the Broadhurst-Shelford trophy unveiled

A special taonga, Te Ātanga – the Broadhurst-Shelford Trophy, was unveiled for the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles match against the Vodafone Warriors on June 9 in Christchurch. The name Te Ātanga (my beautiful one, my adornment) comes from “E rere taku kahu ātangatanga – Soar my beautiful eagle”. The eagle in flight is a wonderful…

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A new life for survey maps

A joint project between Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Archives New Zealand, Land Information New Zealand, and Environment Canterbury is bringing the original survey plans of Canterbury to life on a new digital platform. During the European settlement of Canterbury in the 19th Century, land was surveyed for the legal purchase and sale of land…

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$2.6 billion boost to the economy

A report recently released in Parliament by Hon Willie Jackson, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, BERL and Tokona Te Raki shows that if current inequalities in education, employment and income for Māori are alleviated there would be a $2.6 billion per year boost to the economy. The report looks at current inequalities in education, employment…

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Ngā Hau e Whā
From the Editor

Ruminating on the content for this issue of the magazine I am left with a strong impression of anticipation of all things new – new beginnings, new thinking, and new content.

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From the CEO

Giving our pēpi the best start possible is a no-brainer, and we should be throwing all our resources into growing our tamariki wherever we can. The return on investment has to be positive. If we’re lucky, our tamariki may even take care of us in our twilight years!

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Reading between the lines

Divisive media is the key to my story here, and I’m sure that’s something everyone can see when they’re reading the papers or scrolling through Facebook feeds.

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Iwi Chairs Forum

From being the literal kings of the castle in 1840 to virtually impoverished not 30 years later is a stunning reversal of fortune. But what’s more stunning is the recent rise of the Ngāi Tahu phoenix from the ashes of that time – well, at least economically.

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