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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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Lake health improves

Over the last five years, Te Roto o Wairewa has shown encouraging signs of improved health, with improved water quality enabling macrophytes (aquatic plants) to flower for the first time in many years. This occurred earlier this year. The species that has flowered in the lake is Myriophyllum triphyllum, which is known to have high…

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Whale recovery at Pareora

Te pou i te ara tika i ngaro The kaikaraka called to her, from Pareora Beach. The whānau gathered. Knives glinted in the sun. She knew, her koha would be honoured. Teoti Jardine 29 May, 2014. A dead 11.3 metre sub-adult humpback whale washed ashore last month at Pareora and the Department of Conservation granted…

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Whakaora Te Waihora making progress

James Caygill, general manager, Tribal Interest, Ngāi Tahu is confident that, eighteen months in, the Whakaora Te Waihora programme is making fantastic progress. “In a very large way it has been a journey of discovery for everyone but we have been presented with an amazing opportunity to fundamentally turn this amazing place around. This in itself…

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Ngāi Tahu welcomes new Kaikōura marine strategy

Ngāi Tahu welcomes the Prime Minister, the Rt Hon John Key’s announcement on the agreement to implement the Kaikōura Marine Strategy, Te Korowai o Te Tai o Marokura. “The implementation of the strategy will assist us in better managing the future of the Kaikōura marine environment and the richness of resources that supports the economic,…

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Saving rare kiwi

As part of their kaitiaki responsibilities, Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio has been supporting a number of initiatives aimed at saving the very rare Haast tokoeka and rowi (Ōkārito brown) from extinction. Operation Nest Egg (ONE), managed through DOC has been one such initiative, where eggs are taken, hatched in a specialised facility and then taken…

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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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Toddler becomes global skateboarding hit

Kahlei Stone-Kelly, 2, youngest son of April Stone and Meka Kelly, mokopuna of Karl and Bernie Stone and great-mokopuna of the late Priscilla and David Stone, has become a global sensation after a clip of him showing his skateboarding skills posted on YouTube went viral last month. The whānau moved from Auckland to Melbourne in…

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Waitangi Day in Ōtautahi

Ngāi Tahu whānau all over Aotearoa are celebrating Waitangi Day; the festivals happening in Ōtautahi are below:   Rāpaki Marae 10am Visitors to gather outside marae (Koha/donation for Rāpaki marae will be collected at the gate) 10.30am Pōwhiri, followed by light refreshments 11.30am Citizenship Ceremony with Mayor Lianne Dalziel and items by members of Te…

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A church by the sea

This is the cute little whare karakia (church) at Rāpaki Marae. It sits just below the houses and the marae whare tipuna on the high bank overlooking the beach and jetty. It’s a peaceful spot and inside, there’s a sense of gathered history in the little pew cushions embroidered in tāniko patterns, the woven tukutuku…

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