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Whenua Kura study year begins

The new year of study is underway for 46 students studying as part of the Whenua Kura programme. Most of the students are enrolled at Lincoln University, near Christchurch, and will do practical experience on Ngāi Tahu properties, including work and study on either dairy farms, sheep and beef properties or at the Koukourarata māra…

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Prestigious title for Khyla Russell

Professor Khyla Russell (Kāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe, Waitaha, Rapuwai) has today been awarded the title of Emeritus Professor by the Otago Polytechnic. This is the first time the Otago Polytechnic has given out the prestigious title. This is a great acknowledgement for the work Khyla has undertaken in her academic career spanning the past 28…

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Café and Cookery School opens

Jade Temepara has waited a long time to realise her whānau dream of opening a café and cookery school based on healthy organic living and traditional Māori foods. Now that dream is a reality and Kākano Café is open in central Christchurch Kākano is the first venture of its kind – a social enterprise café,…

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Ngāi Tahu rangatahi bound for China

Three Ngāi Tahu rangatahi are on their way to Shanghai, China to study Mandarin. Liam Stoneley, Ranui Ellison-Collins and Danni Thian are this year’s recipients of the Agria-Hōaka scholarship. It’s the first time for Liam and Ranui, while Danni went in 2015 and is returning for another six months. Liam says he feels very lucky…

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Ngāi Tahu mothers publish children’s books.

Two Dunedin mums have collaborated to create a series of beautiful children’s books with hand drawn images featuring both English and Te Reo Māori. Cousins Kitty Brown and Kirsten Parkinson first had the idea when they were at home with their own babies. “We wanted something bilingual to share with our pēpi, with good illustrations…

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Te Matatini provides wellbeing boost

In March 2015 Christchurch hosted Te Matatini, the largest Māori gathering in Aotearoa, and over 30,000 spectators and participants attended the Hagley Park-based event. Community and Public Health Māori Relationship Manager Gail McLauchlan says Te Matatini was an amazing opportunity to celebrate Māori culture, health and wellbeing. (Community and Public Health is a division of…

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First PhD graduates from Ngāi Tahu Research Centre

Eruera Prendergast-Tarena has become the first person to graduate from the Ngāi Tahu Research Centre at the University of Canterbury with a PhD. Eru (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Porou, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui), is Manager, Strategy & Relationships at Te Tapuae o Rehua and completed his PhD through the Department of Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship. His Principal Supervisor,…

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Ngāi Tahu winners in te reo awards

Paulette Tamati-Elliffe, and Komene Cassidy have won the highest community award at the 2015 Ngā Tohu Reo Māori Awards, held in Napier in the weekend. Ngā Tohu Reo Māori is an annual Māori language award event held to celebrate excellence and long term commitment to te reo Māori from across Aotearoa New Zealand. Paulette (Kāi…

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Enthusiastic response to pēpi packs

There has been an overwhelming positive response to the new Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu pēpi packs, launched at Ngāi Tahu Hui-ā- Iwi 2015 in Dunedin over the weekend. The pēpi packs are an exciting initiative developed by the Mātauranga team at Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, as part of a two-pronged approached to whānau…

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When Mātauranga Māori and science meet

As councils and crown research institutes aim to fulfil their Treaty of Waitangi obligations to engage with iwi in decision-making processes, many are looking to refine how they engage with Māori. Environment Canterbury Resource Management Officer, Katherine Hill has spent the last six years investigating Mātauranga Māori in science, to develop effective strategies that will…

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