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Road to Redemption

“Nā te pō – ko te ao” – From darkness comes light. This ancient creation whakataukī holds a special significance for Rue-Jade Morgan (Kāi Tahu – Kāti Wheke), a young man who rediscovered his love of Te Ao Māori while serving a prison sentence for a serious crime and credits that awakening for saving his life.
Trapped in a violent gang culture that was hostile on all fronts, Jade says he was lucky to survive a horrific childhood.

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Making te reo the norm

Anton Matthews (Te Rarawa, Te Aupōuri) is doing his bit to revitalise and normalise te reo in Ōtautahi, one customer at a time. “I’m a firm believer, and I’m not the first person to say this, but I think to understand Te Ao Māori, or even a little bit of our world, you must have at least a little bit of te reo Māori knowledge,” he says. Anton, along with his sister, Māia Matthews and his wife, Jess Matthews, are the proud owners of FUSH, which is one of the few Māori restaurants in New Zealand to have a bilingual menu. Every item is listed in English and te reo.

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Ngā Hau e Whā
From the Editor

The whakataukī mā pango, mā whero, ka oti ai te mahi (by black and red together the work is done) refers to the importance of collaboration and partnership, and I am struck by a sense of this as I turn the pages of this issue. On page 14 we catch up with award-winning actress and…

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From the CEO

Chief Executive Officer, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Arihia Bennett My Mother – a personal story This year Mother’s Day was significantly different for me, as it was exactly one week after my mother passed away. On this day I walked down the road to the urupā to visit my Mum, and as I stared…

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