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100 years of memories

Tūtehuarewa, an iconic presence in the bay of Koukourarata, Banks Peninsula, stands humble and dignified – as she has done for nearly a century. Easter 2023 will mark 100 years since the whare was built, “He rau tau, he tini mahara – A 100 years, a 1000 memories”.

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Uncle Charlie
A Man for his People

It is unlikely that you can have a discussion about the Ngāi Tahu Settlement without hearing stories about Charles Crofts (Ngāti Huikai, Ngāi Tūāhuriri), or as most of the iwi know him, Uncle Charlie. As Charlie tells it, it was the “luck of the draw” that he was Kaiwhakahaere of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu at the time of settlement. However, as we speak in the home he shares with his wife Meri, eating mousetraps and sipping on tea, it becomes clear that there was more than just luck at play. Charlie is a man who was always going to do great things.

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