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Historic waka found

Members of the rūnanga, along with archaeologists, conservation experts and other volunteers, visited the site on 11-12 October, and excavated the waka hull and a large quantity of plaited fibres lying in its hull. The recovery of the taonga was a success and Department of Conservation (DoC) representatives Jim Fyfe and Russell Tomlinson facilitated the…

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Rehoming off-the-track horses

In the last eight years, the Martin whānau of Te Taumutu Rūnanga have successfully rehomed around 30-35 racehorses, giving them another chance at life. Katrina (Ngāi Tahu) and three out of four of her daughters – Tamara, Mhania, Ngahuia – are all horse enthusiasts and have been riding from an early age. Although rehoming the…

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Archaeological excavation unearths taonga

Archaeological relics recently excavated from the floor of a South Canterbury rock art shelter indicate that Māori almost certainly occupied or travelled through the area at least five hundred years ago. Ngāi Tahu Māori Rock Art Trust Arowhenua representative Mandy Home (Ngāi Tahu) says the finding of a range of objects including kakahi (mussel) shells,…

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Tā Mark Solomon re-elected Kaiwhakahaere

E te iwi whānui, nāia te mihi kau atu ki a koutou i runga i ngā tini āhuatanga o te wā. Mauri ora ki a tātou. Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu held an election for Kaiwhakahaere and Deputy Kaiwhakahaere at its meeting this morning, Saturday 20 September 2014, in accordance with the policy adopted in…

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Science fair success

Congratulations to Whai Rawa member Whakaahurangi Gallagher, who won two awards at the NIWA Wellington Regional Science and Technology Fair in August. Whakaahurangi is the daughter of Quinessa Sullivan (Ōnuku) and Timoti Gallagher (Rāpaki, Hokonui, Waihōpai, Awarua, Wairewa, Puketeraki, Ōnuku, Waihao, Ngāi Tūāhuriri, Arowhenua, Koukourārata). The 12-year-old accepted the Toihuarewa Award from Victoria University in…

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A mission to Niue Island

What started out as a challenge set by his father, turned into a foreign aid-style mission to Niue for 17-year-old Matt Wilson (Ngäi Tahu) of Masterton. The Wairarapa teenager, a budding architect and designer, has undertaken a project to landscape and build a day-bed area for elderly patients at the hospital on the island of…

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Taiaroa launched

A few weeks ago, members of the Taiaroa whānau and Te Rūnanga ō Ōtākou welcomed Port Otago’s new tug Taiaroa, as it entered Otago Harbour for the first time. Officially launched at a ceremony at Port Chalmers on August 5, the $11 million tug joins the port’s other tugs Karetai and Rangi. Te Rūnanga o…

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Kaikōura Marine Management Bill passed

Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith welcomed Parliament’s passage of the Kaikōura (Te Tai o Marokura) Marine Management Bill late last week. Dr Smith recognized the importance of Kaikōura as an internationally recognised biodiversity hotspot, its abundant fishing and its reputation for successful marine tourism. “This Bill creates the largest and deepest marine reserve adjacent to…

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The struggle for Takahanga

Today Takahanga Marae stands proudly overlooking the ocean on an historic pā that has been occupied for generations. Kaituhi Tony Bridge reports on how the long-standing vision for the marae was finally realised. Hariata Manawatu, of Kāti Kurī, vividly remembers those early fundraising days for Takahanga Marae. “You know, we must have been fundraising since…

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