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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

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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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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Whangarei Road Show

If you live in or near Whāngarei, we hope you’ll join us at the Northland Events Centre for our 2019 road show. Gather the whānau and join us for a full-day, family-friendly event.

Highlights will include a mihi whakatau (welcome) at the beginning, a chance to hear from Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu leaders, and plenty of time to explore opportunities available to you and your whānau.

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Melbourne Road Show

We’re excited to be travelling to Australia and visiting whānau in Melbourne at Pullman Albert Park. Gather the whānau and join us for a full-day, family-friendly event.

Highlights will include a mihi whakatau (welcome) at the beginning, a chance to hear from Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu leaders, and plenty of time to explore opportunities available to you and your whānau.

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Sydney Road Show

We’re excited to be travelling to Australia and visiting whānau in Sydney at Hyatt Regency Sydney. Gather the whānau and join us for a full-day, family-friendly event.

Highlights will include a mihi whakatau (welcome) at the beginning, a chance to hear from Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu leaders, and plenty of time to explore opportunities available to you and your whānau.

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Brisbane Road Show

We’re excited to be travelling to Australia and visiting whānau in Brisbane. Gather the whānau and join us for a full-day, family-friendly event.

Highlights will include a mihi whakatau (welcome) at the beginning, a chance to hear from Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu leaders, and plenty of time to explore opportunities available to you and your whānau.

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