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Celebrating Waitangi Day at Onuku

Over 500 people gathered at Ōnuku Marae, near Akaroa on 6 February to attend the Ngāi Tahu Treaty Festival, celebrating the 176th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. Discussion of freshwater issues, citizenship, diversity and the Treaty were highlights of this year’s Waitangi Day commemoration festivities and a special New Zealand Citizenship…

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Caring for the heart of the hapū

Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke is the heart of the Rāpaki community, and it’s a heart the hapū are committed to keeping healthy. The small settlement of Rāpaki sits on the on the shores of Lyttelton Harbour, and is one of four marae-based communities situated on the Banks Peninsula. Rāpaki office manager Cushla Dwyer is…

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Ngāi Tahu exhibition showcases Papatipu Rūnanga

In “Te Rua o Te Moko,” eighteen watercolours and pencil drawings hang upon the walls of a small room at Christchurch Art Gallery in a homage to significant land sites for each of the Ngāi Tahu Papatipu Rūnanga. It is a ‘quiet,’ elegant show that acknowledges and supports the rūnanga and reaches out to the…

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Cultural Mapping unlocks Ngāi Tahu history

Eight years into the Ngāi Tahu Cultural Mapping project, over 5,000 Māori place names have been recorded and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Archives Manager Takerei Norton hopes to have a public website up and running by the end of 2016. “Initiated to record Ngāi Tahu history on a tribal platform for Ngāi Tahu whānui,…

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Get your dance on at Hui-ā-Iwi

Festival-goers who attend Hui-ā-Iwi 2015 in Dunedin this weekend will have the opportunity to put on their dancing shoes and attend an array of different dance wānanga. Well-known choreographer, dancer, video artist and teacher, Louise Pōtiki Bryant (Ngāi Tahu – Kāti Taoka) will be holding two workshops at Hui-ā-Iwi on Saturday 21 November. Firstly, she…

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Artist wins innovation award

It’s been a busy year for artist Lonnie Hutchinson (Ngāi Tahu, Samoan), and being awarded the Contemporary Pacific Artist award for Innovation by Creative New Zealand is another welcome accolade. Established in 1996, the annual awards acknowledge the richness, diversity and excellence of Pacific art in New Zealand and Lonnie is one of six artists…

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Top line-up for Ngāi Tahu Hui-ā-Iwi Showcase

Some of the country’s best known contemporary Māori performers will top the bill at the family-friendly Ngāi Tahu Hui-ā-Iwi Showcase on Saturday 21 November. He Waka Kōtuia, Maisey Rika, Ria Hall, Troy Kingi, Rob Ruha, the Modern Māori Quartet and Beau Monga & Crew will all take to the stage for the evening showcase, which…

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Mahinga kai documentary series launched

A lifestyle documentary series celebrating the stories and traditional food gathering practices of the iwi was launched in Christchurch last night. Ngāi Tahu Mahinga Kai is a 12-part online series offering a window into the lives of Ngāi Tahu whānau and their ancestors. Funded by New Zealand on Air and Te Māngai Pāhō, it has…

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