Issue 68

From the CEO

As Christmas approaches I am reflecting on being CEO for the past three years. I can truly say that time has not stood still. The recent Hui-ā-Iwi held in Dunedin is a testament to the many activities that Ngāi Tahu whānau are so enthusiastically engaged in. Otepoti was buzzing and alive with whanaungatanga at the heart of our gathering. Whānau from all directions rekindled their connections.

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Kaitorete Spit

Kaitorete is the wide shingle spit that separates the waters of Te Waihora from the sea. Extending from the foot of Te Pātaka o Rakaihautu at Wairewa in the north to Taumutu in the south, it was part of a key travel route for Ngāi Tahu travelling along Kā Poupou a Rakihouia (the Canterbury seaboard).

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Kotahi Mano Kāika Te Reo Awards

Ngāi Tahu language leaders have been recognised at the Kotahi Mano Kāika Te Reo Awards, held in Dunedin on the eve of Hui-ā-Iwi. The awards celebrate and promote a sense of pride in the revival of te reo Māori in the Kāi Tahu takiwā.

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Return to splendour

Ngāi Tahu designer Darlene Gore earned a place at New Zealand Fashion Week in August through the Miromoda Competition, established by the Indigenous Māori Fashion Apparel Board to nurture young Māori designers in the early stages of their careers.

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In their blood

Kristy affiliates to Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki, and has always felt a strong connection to her cultural background. She has been interested in design since her mother taught her to sew as a child, and decided to combine these two passions by studying Māori Visual Arts and Politics at Massey University in Palmerston North. Kristy’s collection, Aho Creative, placed third in the Emerging Designer category at the Miromoda Competition. Her intention was to create garments that weave whakapapa and Māori design into contemporary and wearable items of clothing.

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He aha te kai a te rangatira? He kōrero, he kōrero, he kōrero.
What is the food of the leader? It is knowledge. It is communication.

One of the architects of the Ngāi Tahu Settlement recently created a stir when he suggested it was time for senior Māori leaders to stand aside and allow younger generations to come through in leadership roles.

Tā Tipene O’Regan made the suggestion at the Parliament Buildings launch of the Manu Ao Academy’s Fire that Kindles Hearts: 10 Māori Scholars, a book which profiles 10 respected Māori academics in terms of their leadership roles.

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From Tuahiwi to Twickenham

The call-up came as a surprise. Prop Joe Moody had been for a walk-through and some line-out drills with his Canterbury team. They had finished a pre-match dinner and he was about head to the stadium for the game in Christchurch against Southland. “I got the phone call from Razor (Scott Robertson), the Canterbury coach. He said, ‘Oh you’re not playing today… they need you on the next flight over there to cover for Woody (Tony Woodcock)’, and that was that.

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History never repeats

As the first chief executive of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Sid Ashton was the man credited for the solid foundations which have stood the iwi in good stead.

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