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Ka hao te Rakatahi
My never-ending journey of learning te reo

I remember my māmā speaking te reo in our whare. I don’t remember what she said, only that she was telling me off. But I also remember times when tamariki at our school spoke more reo than we learnt in class and feeling left behind; feeling like I could never learn this and as a five-year-old told my parents I wanted to move into an English-speaking class.
Looking back at my five-year-old self, I wish I had told her that it was her birthright to freely speak her mother tongue and that a few mistakes is part of learning, a part of life.

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He Whakaaro
Titia ki te uma…
Hold fast to your heart…

“E hau nei tō reo pōhiri, ki ngā iwi puta noa i ngā motu e toru – o te Ika, o te waka, o te papaonekura, kia huihui ai tātou…”
The opening lines to ‘Te Matatini ki te Ao’ by Rob Ruha and friends, which became the theme song of the 2019 Matatini Festival of the same name. The last Matatini held in the ‘before Covid-19’ time and space which now seems, for some, a lifetime ago.

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A tiny dream becomes a reality

Not many people can say they have physically built their own home, and you certainly wouldn’t expect a young wahine with no building qualifications to be one to say they have, but Georgia-Rae Flack (Kāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe, Waitaha, Rapuwai, Hawea) of Karitāne can say exactly that.

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“Picturing” Kāi Tahu in 1830’s Poihākena: A Preliminary Sketch

In December 1834 three young Kāi Tahu visitors to colonial Sydney sat before a german-born French artist. Using charcoal, graphite and watercolours, the man produced a series of head and shoulder portraits that capture the trio’s natural beauty and their tā moko. Who are these tīpuna and why were they in Sydney? Who was this artist and why was he in Sydney? And what is the enduring significance of their encounter?

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Lifeblood of the valley flows again

Along the southern edge of the Lower Waitaki River, a team of kaiaka taiao, or indigenous rangers, have been hard at work clearing scrub, establishing native plantings and monitoring an extensive network of traps. Whiria Te Waitaki is a restoration project led by Te Rūnanga o Moeraki, weaving together aspirations for the health of the catchment, and creating career opportunities for their whānau.

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Throwing for gold

In September, New Zealand Para athlete Holly Robinson brought glory to the country and ticked a goal off her personal bucket list when she won gold in the women’s F46 javelin throw at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. To cap it off, she was later named the inaugural winner of The Visa Award, a global fan vote that celebrates moments of friendship, inclusion, acceptance and courage.

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100 years of memories

Tūtehuarewa, an iconic presence in the bay of Koukourarata, Banks Peninsula, stands humble and dignified – as she has done for nearly a century. Easter 2023 will mark 100 years since the whare was built, “He rau tau, he tini mahara – A 100 years, a 1000 memories”.

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Reo Māori Mai

There are few upsides to a global pandemic, but one positive has been a surge in interest around taha Māori and reo Māori. As a measure of that interest, Reo Māori Mai founder Ariana Stevens has created an online whānau committed to learning and living te reo Māori.

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Reclassifying stewardship land

The whenua and our connection to it is inextricably woven through our whakapapa. It carries our stories of creation, warfare, marriage and times of change. Our relationship with Te Ao Tūroa was at the very heart of Te Kerēme, and much of the Ngāi Tahu Settlement gives expression to our relationship with the whenua.

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