On Sunday 7 September, Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Waewae and Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio joined as Poutini Ngāi Tahu, to help the Minister of Conservation, Dr Nick Smith launch and open Te Tai o Poutini marine reserves.

There are five reserves in total, with 160 square kilometres of inland coastal seashore permanently protected, in a similar way to scenic reserves on land. They were ‘officially opened’ with a representative unveiling and blessing at Punakaiki. [Read more…]

Kura from across Te Tai o Poutini came together to celebrate and compete at the Māwhera Regent Theatre for Te Hui Ahurei o Te Tai o Poutini 2013 on 23-24 October. There were 1,251 students registered to attend this year’s festival, which was hosted by Cobden School, in Māwhera.

Twenty-six of the 36 schools on the West Coast registered and performed. Both days were a wonderful success and an excellent showcase of our talented tamariki.

A very special congratulations to our winners: Hokitika Primary, who once again won the aggregate junior section; Cobden School, who won the intermediate section; and Kawatiri High School, who won the senior aggregate section.

Judges for the competition were Tauira Takurua, Harata Te Aika and Teena Henderson. Tino pai to all the kura who attended and performed.

Hokitika Primary School preparing to perform.

Hokitika Primary School preparing to perform.

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