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Sleep safe precious pēpi

The introduction of the pēpi pack is not about putting a baby in a wahakura. It’s actually about whakawhanaungatanga. It connects the baby to Ngāi Tahu, and it fosters a sense of responsibility in the whānau to gather around the child as the taonga.

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Hei Mahi Māra
Herbs for good health

For this article I thought it would be a good idea to focus on herbs that are incredibly beneficial for your health. What follows is a list of my favourite herbs, ideas on how to grow them, and their potential beneficial health properties. I am a recent convert to herbs after years of having a very restricted plain diet. However, as I am not dying of cancer this means that I can eat a much broader range of foods than I have been able to since being diagnosed with terminal cancer in July 2012 .

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Reviews
Books

My tamariki were amazed by this story about Tamanui and through this book increased their knowledge about the survival of one of our most endangered birds, the kōkako, since the arrival of predator animals in our forests. This story tells of how Tamanui became the last surviving member of his family – or so he thought. He sets off on a journey to find a new home when he hears new kōkako birdsong… however it was a trick and he was captured instead! In time, under the protection of the people of Ngāti Tama in Taranaki, Tamanui finds a new family and the kōkako of the Moki Forest can continue to regenerate once more.

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He Tangata
Mary Kamo

Through her extensive involvement in the local community, Mary was invited to take on the role of Prison Chaplain to the Christchurch Women’s Prison, then later to Paparua (Christchurch Men’s Prison) and Rolleston Prison as well. She describes it as a “richly educational and
rewarding experience.”

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Toi Iho
Weaving – The thread that binds past with future

The first thing I noticed when I arrived at Te Rau Aroha Marae on a foggy Friday evening in early August was the buzz that emanated throughout the whare. Wāhine moved back and forth throughout the space, setting up their looms, preparing the feathers for their korowai and admiring one another’s progress since they last gathered together.

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Whenua

The Rakahuri (Ashley River) is one of the numerous rivers that flow into Te Tai o Maahunui (Pegasus Bay). The river and its associated tributaries, wetlands, and lagoons were traditionally well known for their mahinga kai values.

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Ka hao te Rakatahi
Dare to be different

In an ever-growing and competitive world, it’s important to stand out and make your own mark. To be true to yourself in the best way you know how, so that you may lead and make positive change. Sometimes we need a reminder of how important it is to be yourself, stand up, and stand out. I want to talk about three men who did just that, and changed their communities and worlds.

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Bringing home the trophy

Up there at the awards ceremony earlier this year was Ngāi Tahu Farming, also a finalist along with the Tewi Trust from Tīrau. And when Rakaia Incorporation won the trophy, there to haka tautoko and waiata were their fellow Te Waipounamu representatives from Ngāi Tahu Farming. You could say it was a good night for Ngāi Tahu.

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Ngā hau e whā
From the managing editor

Returning to ancestral land can be a therapeutic process. That profound sense of connection and belonging that comes with communing with whenua that carries the footsteps of our ancestors.

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