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Ngāi Tahu offers technology scholarship

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu is offering a full scholarship to support two iwi members into the information and communication technology industry through the new Te Uru Rangi Scholarship. Launched by Māori Development Minister, the Honourable Te Ururoa Flavell on August 26, Te Uru Rangi is a collaborative partnership between Wellington-based Enspiral Dev Academy, Te…

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Researching aquaculture for the future

Ngāi Tahu PhD student, Matt Wylie knows a thing or two about fish and he hopes with his research and knowledge of aquaculture he’ll be able to contribute to tribal commercialism. After completing a Master of Science in Zoology at the University of Otago on the reproductive biology and captive breeding of the giant kōkopu…

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Monitoring kanakana

Monitoring efforts are in full swing after a number of kanakana (lamprey) in the Murihiku region were found dying with unusual red skin markings and hemorrhaging in 2011. The Ministry of Primary Industries carried out testing on some of the affected kanakana however the cause of the skin abnormalities are still unknown and it is…

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Otago science scheme launched

In what is believed to be a world first, an Otago consortium is calling for community-driven science projects to inspire people to engage with science On Tuesday 21 July, more than 100 people gathered at the Otago Museum for the launch of the pilot programme, Otago Participatory Science Platform, which is a collaboration with Te…

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Talented rangatahi research at sea

Boudine Brown is one of two Ngāi Tahu rangatahi who have been awarded a 2015 Rangatahi o Te Moana scholarship. The scholarship, which is offered by the University of Otago – New Zealand Marine Biology Centre, is for gifted and talented year 11 or 12 Māori students interested in pursuing a career in health sciences….

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Te Pā o Rākaihautū opens on new site

The special character school, Te Pā o Rākaihautū will be formally opened in its new location at the former Linwood Intermediate School site on Sunday, 19 July. Temporarily located in the former Richmond Primary School site, Te Pā o Rākaihautū opened in January this year offering an education founded on tikanga and te reo Māori…

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Ngāi Tahu representative on Māori Language Commission

Charisma Rangipunga, General Manager, Te Taumatua, has been selected as one of three new members of the Māori Language Commission. Charisma (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu, Taranaki, Ngā Rauru), joins the team of five commissioners and says she is honoured and humbled to be the first Ngāi Tahu representative since Hana O’Regan held a position on…

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Tuia Te Ako Underway

The national Māori education hui, Tuia Te Ako 2015 is underway at Lincoln University. Opened on July 8, the hui brings leading Māori educators from around New Zealand together for three days for discussions around the conference theme – Te Whakarauora: revitalisation through reflection, repositioning and reimagining. Tuia Te Ako 2015 is co-hosted by Ako…

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Whenua Kura – Leadership Pathways

Whenua Kura, a Ngāi Tahu led partnership between Lincoln University, Te Tapuae o Rehua and Ngāi Tahu Farming, provides participants with industry appropriate qualifications and practical experience on Ngāi Tahu farms. Recently, students embarking on diplomas and higher certificates gathered to celebrate with Māori leaders.

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Rūnanga share educational resources

Representatives from eleven rūnanga met at Rāpaki Marae on Saturday, 30 May to share the educational resources they have developed as part of Te Mahere Mātauranga, a six-year partnership between Papatipu Rūnanga and the Ministry of Education. Aimed at strengthening rūnanga relationships with schools, the initiative has been a great success and project manager, Henare…

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