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Te Matatini – count down to March 2015!

We are talking with the members of Te Pātuitanga – the Te Matatini 2015 governance group, the Waitaha Cultural Council, Te Matatini Society Inc team and executive members and Mana Whenua, Ngāi Tūāhuriri, who will be discussing the kaupapa and responsibilities that come with hosting Te Matatini, 2015 the world’s largest Māori event.

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Te Ao o te Māori

Every wine vintage has a whakapapa, says Mat Donaldson (Ngāi Te Rakiāmoa), head winemaker at Pegasus Bay Winery.

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Carols at the Pā

A happy crowd of over 200 people gathered at Rehua Marae in St Albans on Friday night, to celebrate the arrival of Christmas with Carols at the Pā. Whānau were treated to kapa haka, carol singing, Mama Koko, Christmas costume competitions, food stalls, lucky prize draws and other live entertainment. This is the second year…

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Artistic director wins award

New Zealand dancer, choreographer and artistic director, Tanemahuta Gray is the winner of this year’s, AMP People’s Choice Scholarship. Around 32,000 New Zealanders voted during the three-week voting application on Facebook with 2,200 applicants applying and the top five applicants competing for the $10,000 prize and scholarship title. This year, the public were behind Tanemahuta…

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WHAKAPAIPAI: Jewellery as pepeha

To find out about cultural identity, you have to return to the home fires, to the kaik, the whānau and the whenua. Areta Wilkinson understood that when she returned to Christchurch eight years ago, driven by a desire to reconnect and find out more about her whakapapa. Areta (Ngāi Tahu –Ngāti Irakehu) was always aware…

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Waipounamu Te Karu – “my job is to connect with the people”

If you’re an avid listener of Tahu FM, you’re bound to recognise the infectious laugh of Kurakura Pounamu host, Waipounamu Te Karu. Waipounamu has been a member of the Tahu FM crew since 2012 and back when she was just 14, she completed work experience at the radio station. Now 27, she says that from…

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Māori customs and protocols go virtual

New research from Victoria University of Wellington is showing the extent to which information technology is becoming culturally important for Māori. For her Master of Information Management, Pikihuia Reihana investigated what she calls ‘Ngāti Pukamata’, or the ‘Facebook Tribe’, a virtual iwi of Māori spread across the globe, who maintain contact with their cultural roots…

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Staying at Nohoanga

Nohoanga provide Ngāi Tahu whānau with an opportunity to experience the landscape as their tīpuna 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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Ariana Tikao releases new single

Kai Tahu musician Ariana Tikao will release Kia Mataara in November – her first new release since her album From Dust to Light in 2012. The single will be supported by a multi-date November tour of the South Island, Wellington and Auckland, starting in Wellington on 1 November. The new waiata is dedicated to and…

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Rehoming off-the-track horses

In the last eight years, the Martin whānau of Te Taumutu Rūnanga have successfully rehomed around 30-35 racehorses, giving them another chance at life. Katrina (Ngāi Tahu) and three out of four of her daughters – Tamara, Mhania, Ngahuia – are all horse enthusiasts and have been riding from an early age. Although rehoming the…

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