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Once there was a beautiful water nymph named Hiriwa (a reo Māori word for “silver”). Every night she would flit along the river and dance under the light of the moon. Hiriwa was watched by Tuna, who longed to glow as she did and thought that if he played with Hiriwa in the moonlight, he would eventually glow like her.

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He Tangata
Warwick Tauwhare-George

From a well-rounded life perspective, my kids and Michael Jordan inspire me. My kids because they are my barometer for ensuring I remain grounded, and realise that life is to be enjoyed with family and friends. Michael Jordan because he continually strived for improvement and realised that hard work and humility played a huge part in his success – just wish I could shoots hoops like him!

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Marae manaaki

When a massive magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck North Canterbury just after midnight on November 14, Takahanga Marae in Kaikōura opened its doors to distraught locals and visitors with characteristic manaaki, promptly setting itself up as a welfare centre for the community.
This was the third largest earthquake in New Zealand in a century and it took the lives of two people. It wasn’t only the marae that showed whanaungatanga to Kaikōura – within hours Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu staff also set out to help whānau in need.

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Ngā Hau e Whā
From the Editor

Earlier this month I had the pleasure of attending a weaving wānanga at Awarua Marae. From the moment I arrived I was struck by the overwhelming sense of whanaungatanga and community among this group of wāhine who have been coming together monthly for the past year-and-a-half to learn the art of weaving korowai.

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From the CEO

If you are starting a career, midway, or moving towards a change, choose something that brings you happiness. Lost time can never be retrieved, so be courageous, be visionary, and challenge yourself beyond that rigid square.

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He Whakaaro
Climate Change

The first proper essay I wrote was on how we might be able to incorporate Māori principles into accounting systems in order to address climate challenges. It was idealistic. It was romantic. It was read once and then stored away. But importantly, it started me on my current journey.

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Te Rangitaki a Te Ranui
Eat noodles, find husband…

In venturing outside Shanghai I found a new side of China that I had never imagined existed. In all honesty, I don’t know what I expected, but it certainly wasn’t what I discovered. I have now traveled to a few places and have found that each has their own flavour, dialect, and beauty that differentiates them from the next.

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Te Ao o te Māori

Korey Gibson (Ngāti Huia, Ngāti Tama, Ngāi Tahu) says he’s not the type of person to sit on his hands. Today not sitting on his hands means being in the boxing ring for an early morning workout, story time with his 18-month-old daughter Waitohi, singing waiata with partner Tessa Murray, and time with his beloved pig dogs before heading to the office.

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Opportunity of a lifetime

Tania’s road to her current role hasn’t been a traditional one, but the unconventional nature of her journey makes it all the more impressive. “I can honestly say working in a marae kitchen has got me to where I am today” says Tania. “I met so many people cooking in the marae kitchen … it taught me the fundamentals of how people work, not to mention good time management.”

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Wai Ora

In early April news broke the Ashburton District Council was considering selling a section in their business park known as “Lot 9”. A seemingly innocuous move, except that a resource consent for the extraction of freshwater is attached to Lot 9, and on the other side of the deal was a company in the business of bottling and selling water. The consent would allow for 45 litres of artesian water to be extracted per second, over 1.4 billion litres over the course of a year.

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