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Using nohoanga

Nohoanga provides all Ngāi Tahu with an opportunity to experience the landscape as their tipuna did, and to rekindle the traditional practices of gathering food and other natural resources. The term ‘nohoanga’ (literally meaning a place to sit) traditionally refers to the seasonal occupation sites which were an integral part of the mobile lifestyle of…

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Taoka pūoro wānaka for Te Matatini

Traditional Ngāi Tahu instruments will be showcased during the Te Matatini 2015 pōwhiri in North Hagley Park, Christchurch on 4 March. Tony Smith, (Ngāi Tahu – Ngāti Irakehu), one of the tutors for a planned taoka pūoro wānaka to be held at Ōtākou Marae from 30 January to 1 February, says Te Matatini gives the…

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Ngāi Tahu artists prepare Te Matatini venue

A team of Ngāi Tahu artists have rallied together to dress the venue for Te Matatini 2015. Ngāi Tahu artist, Nathan Pohio (Ngāti Wheke, Ngāi Tūāhuriri) coordinates the group and is currently helping to support and facilitate 20 art related projects for dressing the site for Te Matatini. Besides assisting artists he has several projects to…

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Feeding the thousands

Stan Tawa (Ngāti Tuwharetoa, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Awa, Te Arawa) is a man who can handle the heat in the kitchen. As catering coordinator for Te Matatini 2015 in Christchurch, Stan will be in charge of supervising the large hākari – a first for Te Matatini and a massive job for the hosts, Waitaha Cultural…

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Aiming for the stars

Aspiring theatre actress, Victoria Boult, will travel to London in July to work at the world-renowned Globe Theatre Company. Victoria,17, (Awarua, Hokonui, Ōtākou, Taumutu and Waihōpai) will  spend the majority of her time in London rehearsing and learning Shakespearean plays at The Globe. “It’s cool to be able to get our name out there and…

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Te Matatini 2015 – A chance to give back

It was a dream come true for Rangimarie Parata Takurua, when she heard Waitaha had been announced as the hosts for Te Matatini 2015. “I was crying – I felt like I had won Te Matatini,” she says. The theme of Te Matatini 2015 will be He Ngākau Aroha – A Loving Heart. Rangimarie says…

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Te Matatini web series.

As part of the build up to Te Matatini 2015, the office is producing a five-episode web series, which you will be able to watch on www.ngaitahu.iwi.nz. The series is designed to document the journey to Te Matatini 2015 and celebrate Ngāi Tahu kapa haka. Episode one: What is Te Matatini? We will be talking…

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Maatakiwi Wakefield – a passion for kapa haka

Maatakiwi Wakefield lives and breathes kapa haka, so it’s no surprise to learn she is enthusiastic about her involvement with Te Matatini 2015. Maatakiwi (Ngāi Tahu, Waitaha, Kāti Mamoe, Te Atiawa, Ngāti Toa, Ngāti Mutunga) is the Kaihautū of Te Rūnanga o Koukourārata. In this role she oversees the day-to-day operations of the rūnanga and…

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Te Matatini – count down to March 2015!

We are talking with the members of Te Pātuitanga – the Te Matatini 2015 governance group, the Waitaha Cultural Council, Te Matatini Society Inc team and executive members and Mana Whenua, Ngāi Tūāhuriri, who will be discussing the kaupapa and responsibilities that come with hosting Te Matatini, 2015 the world’s largest Māori event.

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Karl Russell – Te Matatini kai coordinator

For generations mahinga kai has been an offering of manaakitanga and Te Matatini 2015 will be no exception. As this whakataukī states: Nā tō rourou, nā taku rourou ka ora ai te iwi – With your food basket and my food basket the people will thrive, food is an integral part of Māori culture. Karl…

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