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Dancing to the top

Jessie Rochford Barber of Wellington, has won a three-month scholarship to attend the prestigious Millennium Dance Studios in Hollywood, next year. Jessie, 23, received the accolade while competing at this year’s World Championship of Performing Arts, which was held in Los Angeles. Along with 14 other competitors from New Zealand Jessie (Kati-Mahāki ki Makaawhio), performed…

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Football success

Rebecca Lake (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Irakehu), has been named in the New Zealand Secondary School Under 16 representative football team, to tour Thailand in July. Rebecca, the daughter of Tony and Sara Lake of Kaiapoi, has been selected in a squad of 18 players and is one of two students selected from Canterbury. The team…

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Ngāi Tahu cyclists racing for New Zealand

Pieter Bulling (Ngāi Tahu) is one of two promising Ngāi Tahu cyclists who will represent New Zealand in the Track Cycling Team Pursuit at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July 2014. Pieter joins Dylan Kennett (Ngāi Tahu) who we have written about here previously. Pieter currently represents New Zealand in the Team Pursuit with…

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Smoothing the way for super-yachts

Jeanette Tobin (Ngāi Tahu) has come a long way from her role as marketing manager for a large pharmaceutical company. Today she is the managing director of Asia Pacific Superyachts, an Auckland company that provides high-end, personalized services to super-yachts visiting New Zealand and the surrounding Pacific. “Our passion is to showcase New Zealand to…

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Continuing a legacy

Rongomai-Tawhiti Parata-Taiapa from Karitane near Dunedin, is one of four students to graduate from the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute’s (NZMACI) Te Wānanga Whakairo Rākau (National Wood Carving School) in Rotorua recently. Rongomai-Tawhiti is the grandson of well-known wood carver, Hone Te Kauru Taiapa (also known as John Taiapa) who, along with his…

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Heading for Los Angeles

Sade Elle’ Gemmell (Ngāti Kurī) of Christchurch, is heading for Los Angeles to take part in a prestigious Music Immersive programme after beating 1,400 contestants from around the world. Sade, 18, is passionate about music and has been singing since she was 12. As the winner of the Star Now Music Immersive competition for 2014,…

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Taking the long view

 Radio host, TV presenter, mother, Whai Rawa member.  When Classic Hits breakfast presenter Stacey Morrison meets other Ngāi Tahu she checks if they belong to Whai Rawa, the Ngāi Tahu matched savings scheme, and goes into campaign mode if they don’t. “It is your right if you are Ngāi Tahu to be part of Whai…

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A massive honour

Brett Lee, 28, is the latest from Ngāi Tahu to be invited to attend the country’s top Māori language school, Te Panekiretanga o Te Reo Māori, following in the footsteps of scholars like Hana O’Regan who attended in 2004, and Karuna Thurlow and Kari Tipa, who recently graduated.

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Waterpolo champ heads to Spain

Grace Tobin, 16 (Ngāi Tahu) of Auckland, has been selected to represent New Zealand in the Fina  Women’s Youth Waterpolo World Championships to be held in Madrid, Spain at the end of August. Grace lives in Auckland, where she is a Year 12 student at Kristen School . This championship event in Madrid will be…

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