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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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Whakaora Te Waihora staff plant-out

Around sixty volunteers gathered at Ahuriri Lagoon in late May for the first Whakaora Te Waihora staff plant-out for Ngāi Tahu, Environment Canterbury, Department of Conservation and Te Ara Kākāriki staff. The plant-out was just one part of the greater Whakaora Te Waihora restoration planting programme that aims to restore native vegetation specific to different…

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Ngāi Tahu cyclists racing for New Zealand

Pieter Bulling (Ngāi Tahu) is one of two promising Ngāi Tahu cyclists who will represent New Zealand in the Track Cycling Team Pursuit at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July 2014. Pieter joins Dylan Kennett (Ngāi Tahu) who we have written about here previously. Pieter currently represents New Zealand in the Team Pursuit with…

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The iron will of Heather Skipworth

Crossing the finish line at IronMāori is more about the massive feeling of achievement than the numbers on the stopwatch. Nobody knows this more than the event creator, Heather Skipworth. Kaituhi Matt Philp talks to this woman of steel as she prepares to bring IronMāori to the Ngāi Tahu takiwā.

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Talking trade and investment with American Indian and Alaskan Native tribes.

Ngāi Tahu deputy kaiwhakahaere Lisa Tumahai is among five emerging Maori business leaders on their way to the United States to talk economic development, trade, investment and community networking with American Indian and Alaskan Native tribes. Lisa  says she  is looking forward to gaining an insight into American Indian economic development. “The trip creates an…

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Ngāi Tahu Farming and Lincoln University announce partnership

Ngāi Tahu Farming and Lincoln University have announced a partnership to support best practice farming on the iwi dairy farms being developed in Eyrewell, North Canterbury. On Friday 6 December, the Mana Whenua Working Party and other invited guests, including the Minister for the Environment, Hon Amy Adams, attended an on-farm launch and demonstration of…

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A sense of purpose

A conversation with historian Ann Parsonson about her life and work makes it clear that she was always destined to work on the Ngāi Tahu Claim. Kaituhituhi Tony Bridge reports in the second of our series on the historians who played an integral part in the Claim. Ann Parsonson was born and brought up in…

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From tech hero to Xero

Technology entrepreneur Rod Drury, who has just been announced as EY Entrepreneur of the Year, is building in confidence, networks, and ideas that start local and end up global. The straight talker from Havelock North discusses his Ngāi Tahu roots and business philosophy with kaituhituhi Matt Philp. In the New Zealand business scene, Xero chief…

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