Three years and a sterling fundraising effort, after their former building was closed and condemned by the Westland District Council due to earthquake safety concerns the new Westland Hokitika RSA was officially opened and rededicated at a dawn ceremony held on Saturday 26 February led by RSA Chaplain and Upoko rūnanga Pīhopa Richard Wallace.

We have had a long relationship with the RSA who had been kaitiaki of a plaque honoring two brothers who left Mahitahi to fight in WWI, never to return. The plaque was returned to us and now features as part of our memorial window in our whare Kaipō, where we hold our Annual ANZAC Day Service. [Read more…]

On the same day Oi Manawa was unveiled, a small rōpu of Poutini Kāi Tahu carried a precious taoka to the pōwhiri for Te Matatini. Our kaikōrero, Upoko rūnanga Pīhopa Richard Wallace, spoke first on behalf of Poutini and Waitaha. While Waitaha Kapa sang the waiata tautoko, they took a very long walk across McLean Park Stadium in Napier to present a brand new taoka for Te Kairangi o Te Reo ā Tuhi  – Written Te Reo Excellence, jointly sponsored by Poutini Kāi Tahu –
Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Waewae and Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio. [Read more…]

Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio sent a small rōpū to tautoko the unveiling of the Te Oi Manawa Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial. A beautiful ceremony, Kāti Māhaki were proud to witness the final resting place of the 270-kilogram kōhatu mauri pounamu that was specially chosen and extracted from a remote South Westland valley and gifted as an everlasting symbol of our aroha and to be a touchstone connecting visitors to the memorial, back to the whenua and those who have been before them. Nō reira, nei anō te mihi aroha ki a rātou kua hika i te rū whenua, haere, haere, haere atu rā. Moe mai rā i te rakimārie.

Whānau at the Christchurch Memorial.

Whānau at the Christchurch Memorial.

Waewae Pounamu carvers Pierre Tumahai, Anthony Coakley and Julie Nichol travelled to Christchurch on 17 June with Kaumātua Matariki Tumahai and Karen Coakley. They joined Francois and Lisa Tumahai at Te Whare o Te Waipounamu along with Ngāi Tahu Pounamu staff for the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and the New Zealand Olympic and Paralympic Committee. [Read more…]

A big congratulations to the All Blacks for bringing home the Rugby World Cup. It was an amazing event that for us resulted in a lack of sleep for six weeks, and a mix of stress and excitement. But there was never a doubt that our guys wouldn’t deliver the goods and bring home the cup again.

Waewae Pounamu was pleased to be commissioned by the All Blacks to carve pounamu pendants for the 2015 All Black World Cup squad, their management and support crew. [Read more…]

Even though our Waewae Pounamu shop was already looking awesome we took another step towards perfection and decided to revamp the store. The shop is looking pretty sharp, so whānau if you are over this way go in and check it out.

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Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu awarded Māori Business of the Year 2012

Social enterprises involving Ngāi Tahu, including the innovative Māori Trades Training Scheme, He Toki ki te Rika and the Ngāi Tahu Pounamu Authentication Scheme, have resulted in the iwi being recognised as the 2012 Māori Business of the Year, at the Aotearoa New Zealand Māori Business Leaders Awards. [Read more…]

Kura Pounamu exhibition is on the move in China

The Kura Pounamu exhibition features more than 200 taonga from Te Papa’s pounamu collections, including 96 hei tiki, 20 mere and four touchstones. It acknowledges the iconic status of pounamu within New Zealand and the cultural importance it has for Māori, particularly for Ngāi Tahu. The Kura Pounamu exhibition opened at Te Papa Museum in October 2009, off the back of the Ngāi Tahu Mō Tātou exhibition. [Read more…]