Sean Bragg is over half way through his two-year internship with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and has already contributed to many important kaupapa across the iwi.

He relishes the opportunities and recognises the unique position he is in.Sean grew up in Bluff and acknowledges he will always keep that connection strong.

“I was always involved with things happening at our marae. When I was younger a new meeting house was built in Bluff and it was cool to be part of that space and see it all happen. Bluff will always be home, I take it with me wherever I go.”
Sean recalls finishing high school without having any concrete decisions about his future.

“A summer role came up to host the manuhiri at Dart River Safaris in Glenorchy and I saw it as an opportunity to get a foot in the door.”

In 2014, the royal couple, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited New Zealand and included a trip to Shotover Jet in their itinerary, Sean was selected to join the trip as a local rangatahi from Southland,
“I got the opportunity to meet the royal couple – I felt really privileged to be selected and that really sparked the desire to work for Ngāi Tahu. I wanted to give something back for the opportunities I was receiving.”
His Internship placement started with the Whai Rawa team in June 2015. He then moved into the GIS Mapping team, where he contributed to work on the cultural mapping of Southland and Bluff, learning about the cultural history behind place names of his childhood.

During his time with TahuFM he was involved with planning and worked with the developers of TahuFM’s new app that allows listeners to stream the station live from anywhere in the world.

More recently, he took his first trip to Rotorua with the Ngāi Tahu Tourism team to attend TRENZ (New Zealand’s biggest annual international tourism event), where he helped with the virtual reality equipment. [Read more…]