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Written in the stars

The stars have aligned for Dark Sky Project, a bold new astro-tourism venture in Takapō. It’s the longstanding vision of the founders of Dark Sky Project’s predecessor Earth & Sky, Graeme Murray and Hide Ozawa, whose passion is to preserve and showcase the region’s famously dark skies. This purpose has new fulfilment through a joint venture with Ngāi Tahu Tourism.
The new building, named Rehua, boasts a multi-media indoor astronomy experience that combines science and tātai aroraki (Māori astronomy). A mana whenua working party ensured they were able to contribute to the project in a way that celebrated their time-honoured connection to Te Manahuna (the Mackenzie Basin).

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He Aituā – Tahu Pōtiki

It is with immense sadness that I acknowledge the loss of my dear friend and colleague Tahu Leslie Karetai Kingi Pōtiki, who passed away in the early evening of Tuesday, 27 August.

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A Second Chance

“By the time I found out I was sick it was so far advanced that they couldn’t do anything about it,” Tahu tells me. “I remember feeling shit all year, and I just thought I was going to get diabetes or heart disease because I was so overweight and I didn’t do any exercise. I was resigned to the fact that I couldn’t do anything about it.”

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Money Matters
10 Years of Whai Rawa

Rather than following the state’s example – and opting for student debt over savings – Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu leaders saw an opportunity to provide their people with increased access to tertiary education, home ownership, and retirement support. And so Whai Rawa was born.

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Helping whānau with the cost of education

Over the last decade Whai Rawa has helped over 250 whānau to pursue their tertiary education dreams. David Tikao, Programme Leader – Whai Rawa, says nearly $500,000 has been withdrawn by members to assist them with tertiary study. “Whai Rawa is different to Kiwi Saver because we allow our members to withdraw for tertiary education…

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Celebrating ten years of Whai Rawa

In the last decade Whai Rawa funds under management have risen to $52-million with nearly 2000 whānau who have been helped into new homes, tertiary education or retirement. David Tikao, Whai Rawa Programme Leader, says much of the success has come from member buy-in. “We have nearly 22,000 members and to date we have helped…

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A Puzzling absence

The East Coast tradition of Ruatepupuke bringing carving to the world from the House of Tangaroa was not familiar to the people of Ngāi Tahu. In fact the closest to a carving origin story one is likely to find in Ngāi Tahu tradition is that of Tama who encountered the gods and their full face moko. He demanded the same decoration, in order to become handsome and win his wife back.

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Future proof
What do the coming decades look like for Ngāi Tahu?

Kaituhi Mark Revington reports. What will the world be like for Ngāi Tahu in 2050? Think about it. That is 36 years away. Then think about how far the tribe has come in the comparatively short time since settlement. A heads of agreement was signed with the Crown in 1996 and in 1998 the settlement…

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