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A roopu will be heading to Wellington to take part in the opening of the new Te Taiao exhibition.


Komiti have identified this kaupapa as an opportunity to incorporate a Wānaka and Hīkoi while in Whanganui a Tara.  We have yet to finalise details but the rough outline will be as follows:

  • Arrive Wednesday 8th Noho options being investigated for up to 40 – whakawhanungatanga prep for opening.
  • 9thTe Papa dawn blessing and events, wānaka
  • 10thHīkoi whenua – program being drafted but proposal will be to visit areas associated with Mahakinui and sites of significance.
  • 11thHoki ki te kainga

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Rangatahi Ngāi Tahu this is your calling to the most epic of adventures! Mean hikes, crack-up facilitation crew, mates for life – and best of all, Ngāi Tahutanga! Nau mai haere mai, enrol and join this mission of a lifetime.

This October we invite 12 Ngāi Tahu rangatahi between the ages of 15-18yrs to join us on a hīkoi through the exquisite Whakatipu Waitai/Hollyford Valley, and into Martins Bay. This seven day adventure is an opportunity for Ngāi Tahu rangatahi to explore their:
Connection to Ngāi Tahutanga
Connection to the natural environment
Connection to self (self-identity/leadership/values).

In brief, this seven day hīkoi includes one day travelling south (to the start of hīkoi, in Manapōuri) and one day travelling home. The other five days are spent immersed in the beauty of Whakatipu Waitai/The Hollyford Valley – a very important traditional pounamu trail linking Te Tai Poutini with Ōtākou and Murihiku.

If any Ngai Tahu rakatahi are interested, email Rachael.Forsyth@ngaitahu.iwi.nz for application form.
NOTE: Applications close 14th August 2017.

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It was a privilege to have Tā Mark, Maria, Uncle Kukupa and Aunty Ranui at home with us on 29th April, to acknowledge and celebrate their contributions, and just to spend time with them.  The weather gods were kind to us and the day was fairly relaxed, powhiri, gifts, kōrero whare tipuna and then hākari, with speeches waiata and a three course meal…we had a great kaimahi/kaitautoko crew and the day went fantastically!


Pictures paint a thousand words and we are pleased to share this pictorial collage to with you all…Nei rā te tino mihi ki a Tā Mark rātou ko ōu pou tautoko I tae mai tawhiti roa! Tēnā rawa atu koutou. Nei rā hoki te mihi aroha ki te whānau o Kāti Māhaki, ki a koutou i whakapau wera mō te hui nei, e kore kā mihi e mutu!





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The day dawned with the stunning sunrise turning the sky  beautiful shades of pink, orange and purples with the promise of a beautiful day. Which it was !!

 Whānau and local community attended our annual commemoration service that was conducted by Father Michael Mahoney & Pihopa Richard Wallace QSM, along with participation of Staff Sergeant Wayne Anderson RNZALR and Private Chase Whati RNZALR.

 Whānau sung waiata, told stories, poems and memories in honour of the returned servicemen and women. Our flag was raised and flapped in the breeze as a poppy and  wreath laying ceremony ended the commemorations and was followed by a wonderful shared kai for lunch.