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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

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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He Aitua – Betty Rickus

Haruru ana ngā tai I te Ara a Kiwa Karekare ana i te ao Karekare ana i te pō Ko Takutai o te tītī tērā Kua parekawatia mōhou e taua Ko whakaō koe i te karanga A Tahu Kumea, a Tahu Whakairo E te whatukura o Takaroa Takahia atu rā te ara whānui o Tāne…

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Ngāi Tahu women recognised in New Year Honours

Ao kau ana te pupuhi o haumihi, o haumiha, ki ngā uri o Tahu, i eke ki ngā ikeikenga o ngā whakamānawa ā te Kuini. Aoraki Matatū! Four Ngāi Tahu women have been recognised for their outstanding service to Māori and the community in the Queen’s 2018 New Year Honours. Suzanne Ellison (Kāti Huirapa ki Puketeraki)…

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Ngāi Tahu sporting success

Talented and dedicated rangatahi Paris Lokotui (Ngāi Tahu, Ngati Kuri, Te Rarawa, Te Aupouri, Tonga) has just completed a remarkable year representing New Zealand in three sports. The triple international has this year competed in the New Zealand under 16 water polo, New Zealand under 17 basketball and Aotearoa Māori netball teams. Paris has kept…

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Ngāi Tahu Claim Hui at Te Hapa o Niu Tireni – 16 July 1907

Back row: Wiwi Taiaroa (Ōtākou), Hamuera Torepe (Arowhenua), Hoani Korehe Kaahu (Arowhenua), Hamuera Te Au Mutu Rupene (Tuahiwi), Ihaia Taoka Whaitiri (Ruapuke), Apera Pirini Ruru (Port Levy), Hoani Te Hau Pere (Little River). Third row: Hare Taura (Arowhenua), Matiu Te Hu Erueti (Ōtākou), Taituha Hape (Tuahiwi), Matapura Erihana (Waikouaiti), Te Harawira Keepa (Kaikōura), Taare Rakatauhake…

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Ngāi Tūāhuriri to host Hui-ā-Iwi 2017

The rūnanga and whānau of Kaikōura opened their doors and their hearts to the community and all those in need when the earthquakes struck their region last November. In the face of adversity the whānau of Takahanga Marae put their own needs aside and tended to those of the community, serving over 10,000 meals and…

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