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He Toki ki te Rika students graduate

Around two hundred people gathered at Te Puna Wānaka, CPIT on Wednesday night, to celebrate the success of the latest group of He Toki ki te Rika students, who have completed their one-year pre-trades training courses. He Toki ki te Rika is a Māori trades training initiative led by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu in…

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Earn while you learn – Technical Cadetship jobs available now

A little bit of history about the Cadetship Following the Canterbury earthquakes, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu joined forces with Aurecon to create opportunities for Ngāi Tahu in the Canterbury rebuild. Aurecon have delivered some award winning projects all over the world providing engineering, management and specialist technical services. For more information about Aurecon go…

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Hui-ā-Tau 2014

Ngāi Tahu whānui have been challenged to think out to 2050 at today’s Hui-ā-Tau. Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Kaiwhakahaere, Tā Mark Solomon, says that post-Settlement the iwi had prepared a robust vision to take it to 2025 but that was now only ten years away and the time had come to start thinking beyond…

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Whānau study success

Their careers may be in disparate fields, but mother and son Nola Tipa and Haydon Richards of Moeraki both embarked on the same qualification at the same time: the Master of Professional Practice at Otago Polytechnic’s Capable NZ. The pair was drawn to Capable NZ’s assessment of prior learning (APL) process, which credits people for…

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Ngāi Tahu woman involved in volcanic research

When Rebecca Fitzgerald started a double degree in law and science at Canterbury University, it’s unlikely she would have imagined herself appearing in a Canadian Discovery Channel documentary mapping the impact craters of flying volcanic rocks. But that has been her reality since she dropped law after her first year of study (despite very good…

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Fulbright scholar heads to Colorado

Lucy Carter (Ngāi Tahu) was overwhelmed when she heard she had won a Fulbright Science and Innovation Graduate Award, which will enable her to complete a Master of Arts degree in Environmental Sociology at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, USA. Lucy, 23, who affiliates to Ōraka Aparima, will travel to the United States on…

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Mahinga Kai Exemplar Project launched

Singer Tiki Taane and ‘Bugman’ Ruud Kleinpaste joined 250 community volunteers to plant over 400 hundred plants in Anzac Drive Reserve last weekend. The Matariki initiative marked the launch of the Mahinga Kai Exemplar project – a project co-led by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and Avon-Ōtākaro Network – and the first steps in greening…

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Football success

Rebecca Lake (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Irakehu), has been named in the New Zealand Secondary School Under 16 representative football team, to tour Thailand in July. Rebecca, the daughter of Tony and Sara Lake of Kaiapoi, has been selected in a squad of 18 players and is one of two students selected from Canterbury. The team…

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Marsden Grant for Ngāi Tahu academic

Dr Michael Stevens (Ngāi Tahu) of Bluff has returned to the town he grew up in to study its place in history. Michael, a lecturer in the Department of History and Art History at the University of Otago, was awarded the Royal Society of New Zealand’s prestigious and highly competitive Marsden Fund Fast-Start Grant worth…

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