Posts Tagged ‘Environment’

Clean ocean advocate wins award

Hayden Smith, founder of the Sea Cleaners Charitable Trust has won the Kiwibank Local Hero Award for 2017 thanks to his incredible work cleaning our waterways. Hayden (Ngāi Tahu), is excited to share his feats with his Ngāi Tahu whānau and says the award is both an honour and a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness…

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19th October 2015
Posted under: Pānui

More Māori needed in Agriculture

If you thought getting into farming was difficult, think again. Whenua Kura is an iwi-led partnership between Ngāi Tahu, Te Tapuae o Rehua, Ngāi Tahu Farming and Lincoln University that seeks to grow Māori leadership in agriculture. It is open to all Māori and applications are now open for certificate and diploma courses (from Level…

Lore versus law

When Ngāpuhi leader Raneira (Sonny) Tau was caught with five dead kererū at Invercargill Airport, it set off a nationwide media storm which highlighted the rift between indigenous rights and conservationists. But what did they think at Ōraka Aparima Rūnaka? After all the alleged crime took place in their takiwā. Kaituhi Mark Revington reports. For…

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6th August 2015
Posted under: Pānui

Ngāi Tahu welcomes appointment of ECan commissioner

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu has welcomed the appointment of Elizabeth Cunningham as Commissioner at Environment Canterbury (ECan). She has been appointed by the Minister for the Environment and the Minister for Local Government to replace Donald Couch who resigned as commissioner earlier this year. Kaiwhakahaere of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Tā Mark Solomon,…

Connection to land vital for Whanau Ora

Over 70 people gathered at Tutehuarewa Marae at Koukourārata (Port Levy), Banks Peninsula on Saturday for the launch of a new venture Te Wānanga Taiao ō Koukourārata that will support Koukourārata whānau to develop land enterprises through a market garden concept. The close relationship between whānau and whenua (the land) provides the foundation for the…

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Pīngao – Bush and Beyond

Pīngao (Desmoschoenus spiralis), or golden sand sedge is found only in New Zealand and is one of the best sand dune stabilizing plants in coastal areas. It is also a plant of considerable cultural and spiritual significance to Māori. There are legends associated with it and it is highly prized as a durable weaving material….

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