Posts Tagged ‘Koukourārata’


Horomaka Horomaka Island in Koukourārata (Port Levy) commemorates the arrival of the Makawhiu waka in Canterbury. After Tūtekawa killed the wives of his brother-in-law Tūāhuriri at Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington), he escaped to Te Waipounamu, where he established Waikākahi pā on the eastern shore of Te Waihora (Lake Ellesmere). Determined to exact revenge, Moki, the son…

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Hui-ā-Tau 2016

Te Rūnanga o Koukourārata, in conjunction with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, invite you to attend Hui-ā-Tau 2016, which will be held at Koukourārata Marae, on Saturday, 19 November starting at 9.30am. This is a great chance to catch up with whānau and to hear first-hand from Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu about the achievements…

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Restoring kai sovereignty

Manaia Cunningham spreads his arms wide to encompass the harbour and surrounding land at Koukourārata on Banks Peninsula. “This harbour has its own unique microclimate and gardening has always been in the whakapapa of this hapū,” says Manaia (Ngāti Irakehu, Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Mutunga).

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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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‘Heaven’ in Koukourārata

The people of Koukourarata think of their beautiful little bay as heaven and “once you’ve found heaven, you never want to leave,” they say. And it’s true. There’s a quiet tranquility here that makes you realise how rushed the rest of the world is. You come upon Koukourarata (Port Levy) quite suddenly – after you’ve…

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Mussel memories

Kutai or toretore (mussel) are one of the favourite traditional Māori foods and their traditional harvest at Tutehuarewa Marae at Koukourarata -Port Levy on Canterbury’s Banks Peninsular, was originally featured as part of the Te Karaka kai series. Koukourarata is well known for producing some of the fattest, juiciest toretore around – mussels up to…

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Big ups for Canterbury marae

The Canterbury District Health Board has praised Canterbury marae for their leadership role following the earthquakes. “Marae played a vital, central role in the response and recovery after the earthquakes,” Emma Rawson of the Canterbury District Health Board told the Public Health Association’s annual conference. “Māori values like manaakitanga have been key – marae were…

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1st March 2013
Posted under: Pānui

Mahaanui Iwi Management Plan

Ngāi Tahu provide guidance for environment and cultural decisions in wider Canterbury Ngāi Tahu rūnanga have created the Mahaanui Iwi Management Plan to help guide councils and other agencies decisions about the environment and protection of resources. The plan gives valuable insight to Ngāi Tahu values, issues and aspirations for the recognition, protection and management…

26th August 2011
Posted under: Pānui

Whakaora Te Waihora

26 August 2011 The restoration and rejuvenation of the mauri and ecosystem health of Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere has been confirmed with the signing of Whakaora Te Waihora on Thursday 25 August 2011- a long-term relationship agreement and shared commitment between Environment Canterbury, Ngāi Tahu and Te Waihora Management Board. The parties have also signed an…