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Te Pānui Rūnaka colouring competition

The latest edition of Te Pānui Rūnaka is now online and includes our bright front cover featuring the winner of our Christmas colouring competition for tamariki. The winner, Ngaru Pare-ngā-tai Jules Hepi, aged 8, from Ngāti Wheke receives a $50 Whitcoulls voucher. We also awarded three runner-up prizes to Jaylah Heaton, 6 of Hamilton; Harry…

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Students trade up for the rebuild

Tessa Gregory (Ngāi Tahu – Ngāti Hāteatea) was nervous when she started He Toki ki te Rika this year. She now says enrolling in the He Toki (Māori trades training) programme at CPIT was one of the best decisions she has ever made. “I was determined to make something of my life because I didn’t…

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Increasing Māori potato stocks

You don’t usually associate the South Westland climate with the cultivation of peppers, strawberries and bumper harvests of tomatoes but at Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio’s Te Tauraka Waka a Māui Marae at Bruce Bay, four hours south of Hokitika, hard work on the marae gardens have paid off. The tunnel houses and planter boxes have…

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Ngāi Tahu Hui-ā-Tau 2013

As you would have read in Te Pānui Rūnaka, Hui-ā-Tau is on this weekend. Check out the latest update and find out where to send your questions to.

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Rangatahi Tumeke

Rangatahi Tumeke held their final outdoor camp for the year in Te Ākau Tai Toka (the Catlins). Twenty Ngāi Tahu rangatahi, aged 10–16, attended and many of their whānau came to tautoko and manaaki us with different activities. View more Ngāi Tahu videos.

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Ko au Hana Skerrett-White

Hana (Ngāi Tahu – Ngāi Tūāhuriri, Ngāi Te Ruahikihiki, Ngāi Te Atawhiua), grew up in Hamilton and learned to speak te reo Māori from an early age. She has completed a BA and Bachelor of Teaching and is now working as a teacher at Tuahiwi School, near Christchurch. She spent time working on the Get…

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Perfect Storm

Sheldon Pitama (Ngāi Tūāhuriri, Ngāti Wheke, Ngāti Kurī) was fifteen when he caught the eye of rugby league talent scouts at a trial game in Christchurch. Since then he has played for the Kiwi under 16 side and captained the South Island Scorpions. This November he heads for Melbourne and the Melbourne Storm. Kaituhituhi Sampson…

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He Toki apprentices part of Rangers Park celebration

Two apprentices who graduated through the He Toki ki te Rika programme were part of the Hawkins Construction team recognised for their work on the Rangers Park development at last week’s ribbon cutting celebration. Rt Hon Prime Minister John Key, unveiled the first ten houses in the Rangers Park development – a housing village, built…

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Te Mana o te Whānau Research Launch

The Honourable Tariana Turia, Minister for Whānau Ora visited Tuahiwi Marae on 23 August to launch the results of the Te Mana o te Whānau research project initiated by Te Waipounamu Māori Women’s Welfare League in 2009. A successful collaboration between whānau, Te Rōpū Wāhine Māori Toko i Te Ora o Te Waipounamu (the League),…

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Murihiku Rangatahi Tumeke Camp

Rangatahi Tumeke held their second outdoor camp in Te Ākau Tai Toka (the Catlins). Ten Ngāi Tahu rangatahi, aged 10–16 , attended and many of their whānau came to tautoko and manaaki us with different activities.

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