Regional Rūnanga Development

The Vision:
Our dream is that our Papatipu Rūnanga (marae communities) remain the beating hearts of our tribal identity. Our goal is that Papatipu Rūnanga are economically strong and culturally vibrant.

Papatipu Rūnanga are the home of Ngāi Tahu identity and the seat of our traditions. Located predominantly in our traditional settlements, Papatipu Rūnanga are coastal and often rural. The vitality of our marae communities is often reliant on there being sufficient opportunities and infrastructure for whānau to be able to live close to the marae. Te Rūnanga has adopted a holistic approach to regional and rūnanga development, with a particular focus on re-developing customary industries, including pounamu, mahinga kai and traditional craft.

Te Rūnanga has adopted a holistic approach to regional and rūnanga development, with a particular focus on re-developing customary industries, including pounamu, mahinga kai and traditional craft.

Te Rūnanga contributes a range of tools and resources to the aspirations of ngā Papatipu Rūnanga, including:

  • Natural resources
    providing access to pounamu and eels.
  • Financial capital
    providing financial endowments to regional rūnanga to encourage financial investment and independence.
  • Human capital
    providing skills, knowledge and expertise in the management of resources.
  • Institutions of governance
    assisting to build the structures of local tribal government that match cultural norms and ensure a stable environment for investment and social development.

Regional development also encompasses education – incorporating Ngāi Tahu identity, language and culture into public institutions such as schools and Early Childhood Centres. Rūnanga are also the vehicles for tribal development, by helping put in place robust governance and management institutions we create stability for investment, social development and the management of resources.

Rūnanga Stories

Tā Tipene O’Regan’s Waitangi address at Ōnuku

Ngāi Tahu Treaty Commemoration Hui Ōnuku Marae, Akaroa 6 Feb 2019 He Taumata Kōrero nā Tā Tipene O’Regan Kāti Rakiamoa, Kāi Te Ruahikihiki, Kāti Kuri , Kāti Waewae me Kāti Irakehu Upoko, Te Rūnaka o Awarua Kā mihi ki te Kāwana me tana hoa (Tauranga Moana/Takahanga Kaikōura). Mihi ki a Piri hoki. Mihi ki kā…

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Rāpaki open new wharekai

Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke (Rāpaki) are pleased to open their new wharekai (dining room and kitchen). The wharekai was opened by whānau and community members on 6 February 2018. Rāpaki is a historical kainga for Ngāi Tahu settled 400 years ago by Te Raki Whakaputa who came ashore, laid his waist-mat (Rāpaki) down on…

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Ngāi Tūāhuriri/Ngāi Tahu values embedded in Te Omeka – Justice Precinct

The official opening of the Justice and Emergency Services Precinct in Ōtautahi was a proud moment for our iwi as the doors opened to reveal a contemporary building embedded with Ngāi Tūāhuriri and Ngāi Tahu values, narratives and culturally significant artworks. Te Omeka is a special place – as an anchor project it is a significant investment…

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New investment in the Tai Poutini economy

With strong iwi involvement, the Government has announced a $36 million action plan to enhance economic development in Tai Poutini. Lisa Tumahai, Kaiwhakahaere of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, says the new funding is a great boost for the region. “We have worked side-by-side with the government to create this action plan and it is…

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Marae development underway

Several Papatipu Rūnanga are currently completing development projects at their marae. Among those working on everything from minor renovations to full building projects are Waihao, Arowhenua, Hokonui, Rāpaki and Koukourārata. For Waihao Marae, building developments will allow marae staff more space to work and host their guests. Rūnanga Chair Graeme Lane says developments have come…

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Manawa Kāi Tahu

Today success for Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu has an ever increasing number and range of measures. There are multiple bottom lines these days that span culture, environment, social and economic outcomes for whānau, hapū and iwi. Ngāi Tahu values such as tikanga, kaitiakitanga, rangatiratanga and whanaungatanga, make up the framework for how we should…

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