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Hei Mahi Māra
Winter a time to recharge

Winter is providing a nice relief for us as we finally slow down after the hectic process of moving back into our new home.

Our new house is great but the section was devastated by the building process and we have had to carry out vigorous reorganisation and replanting. Fortunately, we remembered not to go overboard and plant a whole lot of trees and plants that will need constant pruning. Instead we focused on pongas and ferns to create a Poutini West Coast feel to the garden.

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He Aitaka a Tāne
The binding powers of Akatorotoro are easily overlooked

Akatorotoro is a Ngāi Tahu taonga plant that is easily overlooked in the bush, because of its habit of clambering all over its neighbours on its climb into the forest canopy.

Its thin young vines, when green and pliable, are strong and extremely durable, a primary natural resource used by Māori for all manner of lashings and bindings. Sometimes vines were selected, trimmed, and steamed in an umu to make them more pliable, as the lashings dried hard and rigid.

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Reviews
Books

The journey features 414 pages of photos and images interspersed with text from Muru, Robin, or Sam Walters – the three authors. Bishop Muru Walters is an Anglican Minister, master carver, and former Māori All Black. His son Robin and daughter-in-law Sam are both photographers. Each recites a story from a whānau view with thoughts, discoveries, musings, and impressions from their travels over three years.

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He Whakaaro
The end of the beginning for Te Waihora?

In April 2015 a hearing panel of the Canterbury Regional Council issued its decisions on the Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere catchment plan, which goes by the technical name of “proposed Variation 1 to the proposed Canterbury Land and Water Regional Plan”. The plan has a significant vision: “To restore the mauri of Te Waihora while maintaining the prosperous land-based economy and thriving communities.”

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Ngā Take Pūtea
What financial coaching can do for you

Sometimes we all need a little hand-holding to manage our money better. You know the whānau would be better off if you made changes, but it’s hard to get started.

The answer for some is to get a financial mentor, someone who works with you over time to change your ways financially. Being accountable to someone else and taking small regular steps is proven to work.

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He Tangata
Dr Karyn Paringatai

Dr Karyn Paringatai is a lecturer in Te Tumu – School of Māori, Pacific, and Indigenous Studies at the University of Otago, where she teaches Māori language and Māori performing arts. Karyn also has a research interest in identity development, particularly amongst those living away from their tribal areas.

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Mark Adams

1991. Matiaha Tiramorehu. Kotahitanga Church. Moeraki. North Otago. Digital scan from 10×8 inch negative Kodak Tmax 400 negative.

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From the CEO

Chief Executive Officer, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Arihia Bennett The year began with a festival of Māori performing arts as Christchurch hosted Te Matatini Kapa Haka Aotearoa. Leading up…

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Areta Wilkinson

Ngāti Irakehu, Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke, Ngāi Tūāhuriri The artwork of Areta sits between traditional Māori adornment still produced in the present, and the histories and practices of New…

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From the editor

Ngā hau e whā Megan Tamati-Quennell The invitation to be the guest editor for this issue of TE KARAKA was an opportunity that allowed me to make a contribution to…

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