Rūnanga Stories

Tā Tipene O’Regan’s Waitangi address at Ōnuku

Ngāi Tahu Treaty Commemoration Hui Ōnuku Marae, Akaroa 6 Feb 2019 He Taumata Kōrero nā Tā Tipene O’Regan Kāti Rakiamoa, Kāi Te Ruahikihiki, Kāti Kuri , Kāti Waewae me Kāti Irakehu Upoko, Te Rūnaka o Awarua Kā mihi ki te Kāwana me tana hoa (Tauranga Moana/Takahanga Kaikōura). Mihi ki a Piri hoki. Mihi ki kā…

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Rāpaki open new wharekai

Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke (Rāpaki) are pleased to open their new wharekai (dining room and kitchen). The wharekai was opened by whānau and community members on 6 February 2018. Rāpaki is a historical kainga for Ngāi Tahu settled 400 years ago by Te Raki Whakaputa who came ashore, laid his waist-mat (Rāpaki) down on…

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Ngāi Tūāhuriri/Ngāi Tahu values embedded in Te Omeka – Justice Precinct

The official opening of the Justice and Emergency Services Precinct in Ōtautahi was a proud moment for our iwi as the doors opened to reveal a contemporary building embedded with Ngāi Tūāhuriri and Ngāi Tahu values, narratives and culturally significant artworks. Te Omeka is a special place – as an anchor project it is a significant investment…

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New investment in the Tai Poutini economy

With strong iwi involvement, the Government has announced a $36 million action plan to enhance economic development in Tai Poutini. Lisa Tumahai, Kaiwhakahaere of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, says the new funding is a great boost for the region. “We have worked side-by-side with the government to create this action plan and it is…

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Marae development underway

Several Papatipu Rūnanga are currently completing development projects at their marae. Among those working on everything from minor renovations to full building projects are Waihao, Arowhenua, Hokonui, Rāpaki and Koukourārata. For Waihao Marae, building developments will allow marae staff more space to work and host their guests. Rūnanga Chair Graeme Lane says developments have come…

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Manawa Kāi Tahu

Today success for Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu has an ever increasing number and range of measures. There are multiple bottom lines these days that span culture, environment, social and economic outcomes for whānau, hapū and iwi. Ngāi Tahu values such as tikanga, kaitiakitanga, rangatiratanga and whanaungatanga, make up the framework for how we should…

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Pānui from Tā Mark Solomon

It will be clear to you and many others that the descendants of Kurī are facing a challenging time. It is extremely difficult to live within a community with the knowledge that some of your whānau have been the perpetrators of or victims of sexual abuse.

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Connection to land vital for Whanau Ora

Over 70 people gathered at Tutehuarewa Marae at Koukourārata (Port Levy), Banks Peninsula on Saturday for the launch of a new venture Te Wānanga Taiao ō Koukourārata that will support Koukourārata whānau to develop land enterprises through a market garden concept. The close relationship between whānau and whenua (the land) provides the foundation for the…

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Celebrating Matariki

The coming of takurua (winter) and the rising of the Matariki star constellation signals the beginning of the Māori New Year. Historically for Māori, the sighting of the Matariki star constellation helped them to better understand the seasons, navigate safely while on waka voyages and predict the fertility of the whenua (land) in order to…

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