The Vision:
Our dream is that Ngāi Tahu Whānui enjoy superb physical, emotional, spiritual and mental wellbeing. The goal is that Ngāi Tahu successfully targets resources to meet the needs and aspirations of whānau.

Holistic Wellbeing

People are our greatest taonga (treasure) – it is through our people that the tribal legacy lives.

Te Rūnanga has a holistic understanding of wellbeing: health, wealth, education, cultural pride, spirituality and community help determine the quality of life of our people. While it is not our role to do the job of government it is our role to develop strategic initiatives that support the needs of our people. We actively work with government agencies to help them do their job better.

Te Rūnanga pioneered a now renowned tribal savings programme, Whai Rawa; and has implemented a cascading suite of leadership development programmes and was practicing Whānau Ora before it became a government policy.

Our leadership development programmes are designed to grow culturally competent leaders, well connected to their Ngāi Tahu community and outstanding performers in their chosen field. Different programmes support personal development and cultural learning, such as the testing Aoraki Bound programme, developed in partnership with Outward Bound. Other programmes forge international relationships, such as our exchange programme with Stanford University, international work experience in Russia and the Antarctic programme.

‘Whanau Ora’ is a New Zealand government approach to placing whanau (families) at the centre of health, education and social service delivery. In early 2014, Ngāi Tahu successfully partnered with the iwi of Te Waipounamu (tribes of the South Island) to secure the contract to be the South Island Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency with the aim of investing in initiatives to build whānau capability. Being involved in the agency, Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu, is yet another way that Ngāi Tahu exercises its responsibility to look after people within its tribal territory.

Whānau Stories

COVID-19 update to whānau

I hope that you and your whānau are adjusting to life in your ‘bubble’ – I know that a lot of us are facing different challenges, whether it be keeping tamariki entertained, keeping on top of our workloads if we’re lucky enough to be working from home, or simply worrying about whānau members that we won’t be able to see for the next few weeks. Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu want to support all of our whānau where practical through this period, and this email will update you on some of the latest developments.

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COVID-19, Kaiwhakahaere update

In these unprecedented times, the health and wellbeing of our whānau members remains our top priority. We know that kaimahi from our papatipu rūnanga have been working hard to connect with whānau in their rohe to identify what support is required – particularly for our kaumātua and those with underlying conditions that place them at greater risk. With this in mind we have begun calling all registered kaumātua to check in on them.

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-Te Aka Haumi o Tahu

Ko wai koe? My name is Vicki Keast. I’m a wife, a mother, a grandmother and businesswoman. Sometimes I feel a bit whakamā about my connection to my heritage. I’m so determined to learn about who I am, and I just love the sound of the Māori language. Years ago, when I was younger I…

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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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Poroporoāki Aunty Jane Davis

Nō hea rā te takiauē e tō ana i kā au o te manawa? Nō Ōroko, nō Ōkākā, nō Ō te Wao Ko te taki o te Hākuwai e pāoro nei He au moana nō Te Takutai o Te Tītī e toro atu ana ki te mano o Tahu Pōtiki e hotuhotu ana i te…

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Armistice Day commemorations

Today Aotearoa marked the centenary of the armistice that ended the First World War in 1918. At Te Rau Aroha marae, whānau gathered for Armistice Day commemorations, paying respect to those men and women who served in the First World War. Kei wareware tātou – lest we forget.

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