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Aoraki Bound welcomes new alumni

Fourteen Aoraki Bound participants joined alumni at the end of their mid-March Aoraki Bound journey from Anakiwa at the top of Te Waipounamu to the foot of Aoraki. James MacTaggart (Ngāi Tahu) was one of those participants and he says the impact of the journey has been significant for him. “Aoraki Bound was amazing, and…

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Strengthening connections for farming whānau

Rā Dallas, the whānau community champion for Te Whenua Hou, sees himself as the conduit between a large farming community in North Canterbury and the wider region.  He is excited about the potential that the Whānau Ora approach offers in strengthening connections across whānau. “We have a community of close to one hundred people now,…

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Toitū Tauraka Waka recognised as Wāhi Tūpuna

The Toitū Tauraka Waka became the first place in Te Waipounamu to be recognised for its ancestral significance as a Wāhi Tūpuna under the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014 on 22 January 2016. The entry recognises the importance of this site and its place in New Zealand’s national identity. The occasion is to…

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Vision for whānau enterprise

 Keefe Robinson-Gore has always had a passion for kai, where it comes from and how it is prepared and after attending the social innovation programme Live the Dream he feels one step closer to fulfilling his  long-term goal of building a self-sustainable thriving ecosystem at his marae. Keefe (Ngāi Tahu – Ngāti Irakehu, Ngāti Huirapa),…

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Kāi Tahu Tribal Weaving Project

  Ka rere āmiomio te karaka a te whare poa o Tahu ki a koutou kā rika whatu, kā rika raraka a Kāi Tahu, koutou i poipoia kā momo pā harakeke a tō tātou nei iwi.   Expressions of interest are sought from all Kāi Tahu weavers within New Zealand, who would like to be part…

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Wānanga fosters language

Late last year Moeraki whānau held a three-day wānanga ‘Ko te Tira Mōrehu o Moeraki’ to provide an empowering forum for whānau beginning their reo journey. Supported by the Kotahi Mano Kāika Papakāika Reo Fund, which encourages papatipu rūnanga to develop reo pathways within their papakāika community. Justin Tipa, a teacher at the wānanga, embraced…

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Te Rangitaki a Te Ranui

Ranui Ellison-Collins is one of this year’s recipients of the Agria-Hōaka Scholarship. She is moving to Shanghai, China to learn Mandarin. While she is abroad Ranui is going to share her journey through a video blog. In this clip Ranui introduces herself and tells us how she is feeling about the journey ahead.

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Exhibition showcases Kāi Tahu wahine

Hākui: Women of Kāi Tahu opened on Thursday 19 November 2015. The exhibition explores and celebrates the stories of Kāi Tahu wāhine from the perspective of uri whakatipu, the current generations. Whānau, rūnaka and iwi throughout New Zealand have generously shared their taoka for the exhibition, which also features objects from the Otago Museum collections….

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Pounamu a feature at new Waitangi Museum

The Waitangi National Trust opened its new museum on Waitangi Day. Now open to the public, it houses the permanent exhibition Ko Waitangi Tēnei: This is Waitangi, relating stories of Waitangi – its people, the place and the Treaty. This is no ordinary exhibition. It is thoughtfully assembled and the curation is expertly punctuated with…

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