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Lower price point a winner for Hukafalls Jet

Hukafalls Jet is on track for a stellar financial year. Smart management and innovative thinking have meant the company has had its best October ever, in terms of numbers through the door. This strong month of sales followed a massive month in July as well – the best one in eight years. This support from…

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Life in the USA – A Grim Reality

When things are going wrong in America I hear from people: are you all right, what is really happening over there, when are you coming home? “It is beyond me why you have stayed this long, ” wrote a friend I have known since high school. “He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata,” I write back.

Tonight, people are rioting in Minnesota, the first state I lived in as a 17-year-old exchange student. People are rioting in Georgia, the state I call home. In Minneapolis, a police officer knelt on the neck of a black man until he could no longer breathe. Say his name – George Floyd. In Glynn County, Georgia, an ex-detective and his son have been charged, three months after killing a black man out for a run. Say his name – Ahmaud Arbery. They are not the first or the last, just the latest victims of modern-day lynching. Police kill people of colour in the US. There is no pause for a pandemic. This is the country I have lived in for 18 years and the country I am preparing to leave.

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19th June 2020
Posted under: Pānui

Franz Josef Glacier guided hikes set to return

Guided adventures on the Franz Josef Glacier will resume in time for the school holidays, thanks to a collaboration between Ngāi Tahu Tourism, the Department of Conservation and The Helicopter Line and the support from Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio. The companies have partnered to deliver the ultimate glacier heli hike experience using the highly qualified…

28th May 2020
Posted under: Pānui

Hukafalls Jet and Shotover Jet set to reopen

Two Ngāi Tahu Tourism businesses are set to soon reopen – Hukafalls Jet in Taupō and Shotover Jet in Queenstown. Due to the significant impacts of COVID-19, operations at 10 of Ngāi Tahu Tourism’s 11 businesses had been temporarily paused beyond the nationwide lockdown until conditions allowed them to reopen. The jetboating attractions are the…

He waka eke noa – Haeata waiata a hit with the community

Hoea tō koutou nā waka Kōmanawa! Haeata kaiako Antonio Toetoe spearheaded a waiata project on behalf of his Kōmanawa whānau of kaiako and tamariki. The result – an awesome waiata and new music opportunities for the Kōmanawa whānau to explore. Ko Henare Te Aika-Puanaki te kaikawe kōrero.

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Disappointment over cancelled Waitaha haka competition

One of the most seasoned haka performers in Te Waipounamu is disappointed that the regional Waitaha kapa haka competition has been cancelled. Tihi Puanaki spoke to Tahu News following this announcement, which will see the three qualifying teams from Te Matatini 2019 represent their rohe again on the national stage in 2021. Tawhiri Rūrū with…

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New fishing rules for the Whakaraupō Mātaitai

A south island hapū are celebrating a new bylaw that will limit fishing within the Whakaraupō Mātaitai reserve. Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke say the decision from the Ministry of Fisheries is crucial to safeguarding the local fisheries. Henare Te Aika-Puanaki with this story.

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Rangatahi Māori focus of new online production

A group of Māori creatives have teamed up to make a special production that’s taking theatre to social media. Writer and director Hōhepa Waitoa had work lined up for his company Mahimahi Productions until the end of the year, but COVID-19 changed it all. Henare Te Aika-Puanaki with this story.

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