There has been an overwhelming positive response to the new Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu pēpi packs, launched at Hui-ā- Iwi 2015 in Dunedin in November.

The pēpi packs are an exciting initiative developed by the Mātauranga team at Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, as part of a two-pronged approached to whānau ora and tamariki ora. On one hand, the flax wahakura (bassinets), help reduce Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI); and on the other, they are about weaving in ‘the latest strands of Ngāi Tahu’ – helping newborn Ngāi Tahu pēpi to grow a strong cultural connection to their iwi. [Read more…]

During the month of October, the Whakapapa Unit participated in the Christchurch City Council, Heritage Week. This was the first time the Whakapapa Unit had been invited to participate and provide Ngāi Tahu content to the programme.

The theme for this year was on ‘arrival and departures.’ This was an opportune time to share the Ngāi Tūhaitara Migration to Kā Pakihi Whakatekateka o Waitaha. Guided tours along the Ōtākaro River and the newly opened bus exchange were conducted by our Whakapapa Unit staff. Our staff also gave a presentation on the current World War I project and the R.S.A. staff were also on-hand to assist with whakapapa enrolments and queries. [Read more…]