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Ngāi Tahu waka ama paddlers take on the world

A waka ama team with proud Ngāi Tahu connections is set to compete in the IVF Va’a World Club Sprint Championships in Australia in May 2016. The team, Aoraki Matatū, from the Te Waka Pounamu club based in Whakaraupō / Lyttelton Harbour, will be competing in the Masters V6 500m & 1000m competitions, and they…

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New Te Pūtahitanga initiative launched

The 1000 Days Trust, a Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu initiative, has been launched in Christchurch. The Minister for Māori Development and Whānau Ora, the Hon. Te Ururoa Flavell, and Māori Party List Member of Parliament, Marama Fox launched the 1000 Days Trust promotional video (below)at Te Pūtahitanga head office in Christchurch this week. The…

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New Ngāi Tahu dairy farm manager

Hemi (Ngāi Tahu – Kāti Huirapa, Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri, Ngāti Waewae, Ngāi Te Ruahikihiki, Ngāti Hāteatea, Ngāti Māmoe, Te Rarawa), his wife Catherine and their four tamariki joined the Ngāi Tahu Farming whānau more than a year ago and says it was a proud moment when he was promoted.

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Ngāi Tahu photographer wins residency

Berlin-based Ngāi Tahu photographer, Conor Clarke will be the 2015 artist-in-residence at Waitawa Regional Park, in Auckland in October. This will be a return home for Conor, 33, who grew up at Clarks Beach in rural south Auckland. She will spend eight weeks in a cliff-top bach in the park and she is looking forward…

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Apprenticeship scheme launched

The He Toki ki te Mahi Apprenticeship Training Trust was launched by Prime Minister, the Rt Hon John Key at Rehua Marae in Christchurch last night. Around 200 people gathered at the marae to welcome the Prime Minister and the Hon. Te Ururoa Flavell, Minister for Maori Development and Whanau Ora, Christchurch Mayor, Leanne Dalzeil…

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Introducing Micah Heath

At just 15, Micah Heath (Ngāi Tahu – Waihao Rūnanga) is used to performing in front of big crowds. The aspiring singer-songwriter often performs at local, Christchurch events and he was recently a contestant on the X Factor New Zealand. “My X Factor experience was absolutely amazing. I was around cameras a lot and it…

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Ngāi Tahu graduates

Fifteen members of a Ngāi Tahu student cohort have graduated from Te Kura Matatini ki Otago/Otago Polytechnic, with Bachelor of Applied Management degrees as part of the Capable NZ, Te Kura Matatini ki Otago and Te Tapuae o Rehua partnership. The degree study partnership was established in 2014 and aims to build Ngāi Tahu staff…

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Success for Ngāi Tahu winemaker

When Hayden Johnston of Central Otago came to name his export brand wine, he settled on the name of his Ngāi Tahu ancestor, Kurukuru. “Kurukuru was my great-great-great-great-grandmother from Stewart Island. She married Scottish-born seafarer, Captain James Joss, who purchased land on the island from Hone Tuhawaiki in 1830,” says Hayden. Today the Kuru Kuru…

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Using nohoanga

Nohoanga provides all Ngāi Tahu with an opportunity to experience the landscape as their tipuna did, and to rekindle the traditional practices of gathering food and other natural resources. The term ‘nohoanga’ (literally meaning a place to sit) traditionally refers to the seasonal occupation sites which were an integral part of the mobile lifestyle of…

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