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Issue 66

London Calling

Twenty-year-old James Buchanan, who grew up in Gore, “where there were plenty of men in beards but not a lot of dancing”, is heading to London in August to train at ArtsEd, a prestigious musical theatre school with Andrew Lloyd Webber as its president.

“They call it the triple threat,” James says. “Singing, dancing and acting. I’m terrified but I can’t wait.”

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Road to Redemption

At Te Taumutu Rūnanga near the waters of Te Waihora, Liam joined other men in similar situations. Led by Te Mairiki Williams (Ngāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Te Ātihaunui-a-Pāpārangi, Ngāti Hauiti ki Rata) the men were soon learning the ways of their ancestors.

“The main thing was that Matua (Te Mairiki) made us turn away from distractions. He said us Māori get distracted by too much.

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The Ninth Tree

How important is mahinga kai to Ngāi Tahu? Consider this. When the Smith Nairn Commission sat in 1879-81 to hear evidence that the Crown had not kept its bargain with Ngāi Tahu, a total of 1712 mahinga kai sites in Canterbury and Otago were identified by H.K Taiarioa and Hoani Korehu Kahu for the commission.

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Global Mana

“There are lots of high points in a job like this. I’ve met the President of Japan, the Emperor of Japan, and Hilary Clinton for instance; and in Japan, I was involved in launching an education promotion project called ‘Game On English’, aimed at improving English language skills in Japan in the lead-up to Japan’s hosting of the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the 2020 Olympics,” says Rebecca Adams, senior advisor on MFAT’s China desk.

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