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Te Whare Taonga ki Kawatea

When Kōtukumairangi was paddled down the Ōpara River on Waitangi Day this year it marked 20 years since the waka had been formally gifted to Ngāi Tahu by the late Murray Thacker (1933-2017), founder of the Okains Bay Māori and Colonial Museum. Craig Pauling and Iaean Cranwell have been the unofficial kaitiaki of Kōtukumairangi for much of that time, taking responsibility for training and coordination of paddlers, and overseeing care and maintenance of the waka, in collaboration with museum volunteers and staff. In so doing they have been contributing to the intergenerational history of Ngāi Tahu involvement with the museum (and its famous Waitangi Day commemorations) that stretches back almost half a century.

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Waitangi Day in Ōtautahi

Ngāi Tahu whānau all over Aotearoa are celebrating Waitangi Day; the festivals happening in Ōtautahi are below:   Rāpaki Marae 10am Visitors to gather outside marae (Koha/donation for Rāpaki marae will be collected at the gate) 10.30am Pōwhiri, followed by light refreshments 11.30am Citizenship Ceremony with Mayor Lianne Dalziel and items by members of Te…

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A tucked-away museum

If you’re in Canterbury and looking for an interesting summer holiday drive, head for Okains Bay on Banks Peninsular. That’s where you’ll find Okains Bay Māori & Colonial Museum, which is a thing of beauty and wonder – one man’s passion for collecting taken to extreme. Murray Thacker is the man behind it all. When…

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