The Ngāi Tahu Fund has $5,000 available to each of the 18 Papatipu Rūnanga through its Mahinga Kai Enhancement Fund for creating planned activities around mahinga kai projects. Senior Funds Advisor Helen Thoms says that having clarity around Papatipu Rūnanga planned activities for mahinga kai can help the fund plan for future funding needs. The development of a collaborative plan could also tell their story to external funders that may be interested in supporting. [Read more…]

With only three episodes left to film, the Ngāi Tahu mahinga kai web series is almost complete.

Last month we spent a weekend in Invercargill with Cyril Gilroy and the fantastic cooks of Murihiku Marae. We went in search of toheroa and were rewarded with childhood memories of collecting shellfish and tales of horseback school-holiday adventures.

After discussing a species on the brink of extinction and issues of a sustainable take, we were treated to a feed of toheroa patties. There was no way the cooks would prepare their famous toheroa soup with cameras around.

In Karitāne, we met Khyla Russell and Brendan Flack, who introduced us to a pāua reseeding programme. We discussed declining numbers, the success of their 10-year rāhui and we witnessed a struggle for survival following a vicious starfish attack. After much manaaki we once more left our hosts with full bellies.

The Ngāi Tahu Mahinga Kai series is a lifestyle documentary series featuring 12 eight-minute episodes filmed in the stunning landscape of Te Waipounamu. It captures the stories and the essence of traditional food gathering practices passed down through the generations and offers a window into the lives of Ngāi Tahu whānau carrying out the food gathering traditions of their ancestors – from whitebaiting on the West Coast, tuna and pātiki on the east, medicinal rongoa plants in the north and toheroa in the far south.

The Ngāi Tahu Mahinga Kai series will be released in July 2015 on, and through Facebook.

Another kaimoana



Mateka cooking with gas

The sweet meat

The Ngāi Tahu Fund is available to Ngāi Tahu whānau, rūnanga and hapū to help vitalise, strengthen and grow Ngāi Tahutanga. 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, 27 March. Any applications received after this date will not be accepted. [Read more…]

Murihiku Mahinga Kai regional forum

The Murihiku Mahinga Kai Regional Forum will take place at Takutai O Te Tītī Marae on Saturday 24 May at 10am.

Nurses’ clinics

Ngā Kete Mātauranga Pounamu Charitable Trust are holding their next nurses’ clinic at Takutai o Te Tītī Marae on the Thursday 26 June from 10am – 2pm. The registered nurse can support you with blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol checks, cervical smears, sexual health education, general health checks, health and wellness plans, linkage and referrals. Appointments are preferred, so please phone 0800 925 242 for an appointment.

Hei kōrero o ō tātou mahinga kai – what does mahinga kai mean to Ngāi Tahu whānau today?
Six regional forums are currently being established by Toitū Te Whenua to support Ngāi Tahu whānau with the management of mahinga kai. The purposes of each forum are to encourage Ngāi Tahu whānau, who have an interest and passion in mahinga kai, to share their goals and aspirations and outline what issues they are experiencing in relation to health and sustainability of mahinga kai. This will help Toitū Te Whenua to focus our resources on the key mahinga kai areas and resources of importance to Ngāi Tahu whānau within each region.

Hui are currently being held with Ngāi Tahu whānau and their respective papatipu rūnanga to discuss this kaupapa.

The first round of regional forums will begin in September. Dates and venues so far include:

Te Tai o Marokura/Kaikōura region – Saturday 8 September, at Takahanga Marae, beginning at 9am.
Te Tai o Mahaanui/Canterbury region – Hosted by Te Rūnanga o Koukourārata at Port Levy. A date is currently being sought. Information will be forwarded onto rūnanga offices in the Canterbury region once a date has been confirmed.
Aoraki/South Canterbury region – Saturday 6 October 2012, at Arowhenua Marae, beginning at 10am.
Te Tai o Araiteuru/Otago region – hosted by Te Rūnanga o Moeraki. A date is currently being sought. Information will be forwarded onto rūnanga offices in the Otago region once a date has been confirmed.
Murihiku/Southland region – Saturday 27 October 2012, at Te Rau Aroha Marae Bluff, beginning at 10am.
Te Tai Poutini/West Coast region – Both a date and venue are yet to be confirmed.

If you are interested in attending and participating in any of these forums, or if you have any questions then please call Joe Wakefield on (03) 234 8196 or 021 832 137 or you can email him at [email protected]