Māori Trade Training in Ōtautahi
In July, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Christchurch Polytechnic Institution of Technology (CPIT) and Hawkins Construction welcomed the Government’s further $1m investment into Māori Trade Training in Christchurch.

The group are still negotiating the details of the funding. However it is hoped the focus be on fee support and apprenticeships.

He Toki ki te Rika (Māori Trades Training) was launched in June 2011 by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, CPIT and industry partners to up skill Māori for leadership roles in the city’s rebuild.

He Toki is a 12 to 14 week Māori pre-trade training course covering programmes in carpentry, painting and decorating, plasterboard, plumbing and drainlaying.
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Calling for project applications now!
The Ngāi Tahu Fund is available to Ngāi Tahu whānau, rūnanga and hapū to help vitalise, strengthen and grow Ngāi Tahu tanga in particular:
Whakapapa
Te reo me ōna tikanga
Mahi toi
Whānau development
Whenua development
Mahinga kai
And more.

Do you have a cultural project that you, your whānau or marae wish to run? Get in touch with us to see how the Ngāi Tahu Fund may be able to help.

Applications close Friday 28 September 2012.
Call 0800 942 472 today and find out how to apply
email: [email protected] or
visit www.ngaitahufund.com

The Backstage Pass is an exclusive tour of Canterbury industries that CERA and Ngāi Tahu have identified will be booming in the next few years. They are predicting there will be lots of job opportunities for whānau in Engineering, Health, Construction, Agriculture, Information and Communication Technology and Professional Services such as accounting.

There are $30,000 worth of study grants available and members of Merchants of Flow – THE JAM are turning up to put on a show.

A Backstage Pass is your chance to get on the waka to a better future, go behind the scenes of a workplace and get a real feel for what it is like to work in that industry.
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E te iwi, naia te mihi kau atu ki a koutou i runga i ngā tini āhuatanga o te wā. Mauri ora ki a tātou.

In the past 12 months whānau members living outside our takiwā, have set up new taurahere groups in Te Ika a Māui and in Queensland, Australia.

A taurahere group is an opportunity for Ngāi Tahu whānau who live outside our takiwā, to get together and learn more about their Ngāi Tahutanga (Ngāi Tahu culture), promote whakawhanaungatanga and engage in Ngāi Tahu matters. Currently we have 12 established taurahere groups from as far north as Te Taitokerau to the top of the South Island in Wairau.

Over the last three months we have been able to set up three new groups in Whakatāne, Gisborne and Piripane (Brisbane, Australia).

In early July, a hui was held with whānau living in the wider Whakatāne area. More than 50 whānau members attended and many, especially those who have strong whakapapa connections to the Mataatua tribes, were keen to learn more about their Ngāi Tahu side and engage more in Ngāi Tahu activities.

At the end of July we had the opportunity to engage and meet with whānau living in Queensland. Information about our iwi initiatives and projects were presented as well as the road show information that has been delivered around the motu. The hui was held at the Beenleigh Events Centre, 200 whānau members attended. It was awesome to see relatives who I haven’t seen for many years and meeting new people who have longed to be involved in Ngāi Tahu matters and activities. The hui was well received and a working group was formed to organise future hui and wānanga for the Ngāi Tahu ki Piripane taurahere group.

Closer to home we have continued to run the road shows, with one held in Gisborne. There was a great turn out, with up to 50 whānau members wanting to know what Ngāi Tahu has been up to in the past 12 months. The road show doubled as an opportunity to set up another taurahere group. On the night a small committee was established to organise hui and wānanga for our whānau living in Gisborne.

Whakapapa and Ngāi Tahutanga wānanga has been the main focus for our taurahere groups. With the support of the Ngāi Tahu Fund and also from the office, taurahere hui and wānanga have been successful in engaging our whānau, living outside the takiwā, in Ngāi Tahu activities and initiatives.

I would like take this opportunity to encourage all our whānau living outside the takiwā to participate in taurahere hui and wānanga. You will be surprised by how many relatives you have that live in the same town or area as you and how much you will learn about your Ngāi Tahutanga.

Noho ora mai rā i ngā manaakitanga.

The latest edition of Te Pānui Rūnaka is now online. For second time this year, all 18 papatipu rūnanga have contributed to the issue! Tū meke anō koutou!

Inside Te Pānui Rūnaka, catch up with Ngāi Tahu events and stories happening in your area.

Over on the Coast, Makaawhio whānau presented pounamu pendants to the New Zealand Olympic Committee, to be distributed to all 326 members of the New Zealand Olympic and ParaOlympic teams.
In Ōtautahi, Rāpaki hosted a cultural festival for Matariki. Away down south, whānau share their Tītī Islands stories. See inside for more.

Highlights
• Makaawhio whānau present pounamu pendants to the New Zealand Olympic Committee pg 4
• Rāpaki whānau celebrate Matariki with a cultural festival at the pā pg 8-9
• Whānau compete in the Waitaha Kapa Haka Competition pg 12,13,15,16 and 40.
• Ngāi Tahu Hui-ā-Iwi update pg 31
• New! Ngāi Tahu Road Show dates pg 36.

Ngāi Tahu migration haerenga

Early on Sunday 15 January, though later than scheduled, there was activity outside the Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka office with vans and whānau arriving to load up for the long journey from Karitāne to Waikawa Marae – near Picton.

A rōpū of 27 whānau members made the journey to retrace the first footsteps of our Tahu and Māmoe tīpuna.

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Makaawhio whānau at the Kaiapoi monument

After postponing our hīkoi several times, we finally set out from Hokitika on Friday 20 January at 8am on a 50-seater bus. A group of 30 intrepid explorers started what was to be an incredible journey, aiming to take participants on a journey back to our Waitaha links and to draw attention to some of the everyday things we see that are of historical significance.

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