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Issue 61

Taking the long view

 Radio host, TV presenter, mother, Whai Rawa member.  When Classic Hits breakfast presenter Stacey Morrison meets other Ngāi Tahu she checks if they belong to Whai Rawa, the Ngāi Tahu matched savings scheme, and goes into campaign mode if they don’t. “It is your right if you are Ngāi Tahu to be part of Whai…

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A massive honour

Brett Lee, 28, is the latest from Ngāi Tahu to be invited to attend the country’s top Māori language school, Te Panekiretanga o Te Reo Māori, following in the footsteps of scholars like Hana O’Regan who attended in 2004, and Karuna Thurlow and Kari Tipa, who recently graduated.

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The iron will of Heather Skipworth

Crossing the finish line at IronMāori is more about the massive feeling of achievement than the numbers on the stopwatch. Nobody knows this more than the event creator, Heather Skipworth. Kaituhi Matt Philp talks to this woman of steel as she prepares to bring IronMāori to the Ngāi Tahu takiwā.

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Haka!

Maani Stirling started kapa haka as a seven-year-old because his dad John told him to. “Me and all my brothers had to do it, but not all of us carried on.” Is it a passion, this love for kapa haka? “It’s something that I do, that I am,” he says. “It’s in the blood.”

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