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In 2016 the Runanga entered into a MOU with Department of Corrections – Ara Poutama Aotearoa to propagate native plant seedling. These seeds were collected within our takiwa  by whanau and then sent to Milton Correctional Centre where they were divided with half of them be sent to Invercargill Correctional Centre. Recently the office sent 2000 potting bags to Invercargill as the seedlings needed repotting as they have outgrown the recycled milk cartons they  started their journey in.

Horticulture Instructor Kara from Invercargill Correctional Centre sent the photo to show whanau of the progress to date. Hopefully we will received the  native seedlings in late 2018 where they will spend some time in the  shade  house in the Marae garden before being  replanted.


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Hui-ā-Iwi 2017:

What you need to know!

Whānau, come together and celebrate what it means to be Ngāi Tahu at our biennial festival, hosted by Ngāi Tūāhuriri at Tuahiwi Marae in North Canterbury from 24-26 November. Hui-ā-Iwi will be an opportunity to reconnect, meet new people and celebrate the best of Ngāi Tahutanga.

Read below for what you need to know about Hui-ā-Iwi 2017, and keep an eye on our Facebook page and website for further information and full programme details.

Pōwhiri: where and when to gather

Manuhiri who wish to join the pōwhiri on Friday 24 November are asked to gather at the pedestrian crossing outside Tuahiwi School at 11.45am. The Ratana Band will lead manuhiri to Ngutu at 12pm.

Bus service to Pōwhiri

Whānau, would you like to attend the Pōwhiri on Friday 24 November, but would rather not drive? A dedicated bus service will depart from Te Whare o Te Waipounamu in Show Place at 9.45am on the Friday, returning at 6pm.

Waihao whanau wishing to attend should contact the office  so transport options can be explored

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The Executive have endorsed the forming of a Rangatahi committee. Those interested should please submit your expression of interest to the office by the Fri 10th Nov  2017.


It is hoped membership of the committee will comprise of:

  • 5 rangatahi members
  • 2 facilitators who have experience with rangatahi engagement and governance experience.

We are looking for rangatahi who wish to sit on the rangatahi committee for Waihao runanga. This will be the space for rangatahi to determine their own aspirations and the aspirations of other Waihao rangatahi in alignment with the objects of Te Runanga O Waihao Inc. This includes wellbeing, cultural, educational and employment aspirations. We are looking for innovation, creativity and the motivation to develop plans for engagement for rangatahi.

The Executive welcome whānau members from throughout NZ as technology will allow for distance participation in meetings. For rangatahi applicants please outline 1 aspiration you have for Waihao rangatahi in the future.

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Meridian Energy staff members Jeff Page (Environmental Strategy Manager) and Kelvin Jopson (Station Master) gave Waihao whanau a tour of the Waitaki Power Station.  The tour began with Kelvin  outlining the history on the Station,  which was constructed in 1934 during the depression.  The history of the workers and the creation of the social welfare benefit system resulting from this was an interesting addition to the technical facts around the construction.

Jeff gave an overview of the environmental projects which Meridian and the Runanga  are collaborating in completing, including Trap and Transfer and  Pukaki visitors centre as well as other initiatives.  Jeff and Kelvin explained  how the Elver trap and transfer  work and showed whanau the traps at the base of the dam as part of the tour.

The Runanga would like to thank Meridian Energy for facilitating this very enjoyable and informative day. Check out the gallery for more photos.

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Ngai Tahu Maori Rock Art Charitable Trust

Operations Manager


The Ngāi Tahu Māori Rock Art Trust is a tribal notforprofit organisation established to support the Iwi and Rūnanga and their communities in the care, management and interpretation of the Maori rock art heritage of their tupuna.

The Trust is seeking a motivated and energetic individual to manage its wide ranging day to day activities, which currently span the heritage, education and tourism sectors. The successful applicant will be selfmotivated and goalorientated, and share our passion for Māori rock art and Ngāi Tahu culture.

The current operational areas include:

Trustee support: provision of information to the board as a basis for sound decision making, ensuring appropriate policy and processes are in place.

Maori rock art site protection: facilitating or providing practical support, research and projects that support Runanga and Iwi aspirations for their rock art heritage.

Te Ana Ngai Tahu Rock Art Centre: development and promotion of cultural heritage products to a range of markets, delivery of desired cultural and financial outcomes.

Ngai Tahu Maori Rock Art Trust – Operations Manager Position Description

Timaru Information Centre: delivery of financial and contractual outcomes.

Key attributes we seek for this role:

• A tertiary qualification with a commercial or management focus, or equivalent demonstrated management experience preferably in the arts, culture, heritage or related sectors

Excellent communication skills, and a demonstrated ability to lead and motive a multifunctional team

• Proven experience in either the forprofit or notforprofit sectors in regard to financial management, sales and marketing management, product development and relationship management

For any questions, or to discuss the role please contact Amanda Symon on 027 231 6937. A position description is available by email. To apply please forward your CV and a cover letter to office@teana.co.nz. Applications close 5pm Friday 10th November 2017.

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Whānau are reminded to pencil in Saturday 2nd December for the rūnanga Christmas Party.  This year we will be joined by whānau from Moeraki.

Venue: Waihao Marae
Commencing: 12pm

For catering purposes RSVP by Monday 20th November
Ph. 03 689 4726

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Expression of Interest for Te Rūnanga o Waihao Environmental Committee

The Executive have endorsed the forming of a Environmental Committee. Those interested should please submit your expression of interest to the office  by the 7th Nov  2017. For any questions or for a copy of the Terms of Reference  can you please contact the office


The purpose of the TRoW Environmental Committee is to improve TRoW ability to influence resource use and management methods that affect TRoW values and TRoW policy mechanisms to protect and enhance values. This will enable TRoW to effectively exercise rangatiratanga and kaitiakitanga over wāhi tapu, mahinga kai and other taonga tuku iho in the TRoW takiwa and across different environmental forums TRoW representatives participate in. The committee serves in an advisory capacity, making recommendations to the Executive and whanau on all matters that impact the environment within the rohe of TRoW.

Although living in the rohe is an advantage, the Executive welcome whānau members from throughout NZ as technology may allow for distance participation in meetings. In the initial set-up phase meetings will be monthly, once strategy and administration are in place,  meetings should become quarterly or around specific kaupapa or wananga.

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Waitaki Dam Excursion

The event is a collaboration between the Rūnanga and Meridian Energy . Meridian owns and operates seven hydro stations, six within the Waitaki hydro scheme. Meridian have offered through consultation with Rūnanga to take whānau on a guided tour of one of the working dams ( Waitaki ). The purpose of the tour is to explain how the dams generate electricity, their impact on the environment and wildlife including tuna.

Schedule of Events for Saturday 28th Oct 2017

  • Whānau to meet at Waihao Marae no later than 10am or make their own way to the Waitaki Dam arriving at 11am
  • Travel in convoy using Rūnanga vans to Waitaki (arriving 11am)
  • Introductions
  • Work Place Health and Safety brief (Meridian Staff)
  • Inside Waitaki Dam or Trip to Aviemore Dam
  • Discussion on Environmental Collaboration
  • Lunch by the river will take place as appropriate
  • Depart (3-3.30)

Due to seven (7) flights of stairs needing to be traversed, those with any mobility issues will be limited to top only tours. All ages and fitness/mobility levels will be accommodated for.

Please RSVP The office so transport, Meridian Staff and lunch numbers can be arranged


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We took 15 tamariki and rangatahi up to Aoraki in the Term 3 holidays. We did lots of mahi with Andrew Oliver from D.O.C. The tamariki learnt about stream health, the predators in the Aoraki National Park and how to identify plants and what their medicinal uses are. We also had a tour of The Hermitage to inspire our rangatahi about mahi in the hospitality industry. We went to the Sir Edmund Hillary Centre and watched a 3D movie about the Ngāi Tahu legend of Aoraki and a documentary about Sir Edmund Hillary. We went on the Glacier Explorer and learnt about glaciation and icebergs. We had a fabulous time getting to know each other and our maunga.



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Manawa Hou mai i Tuahiwi ki Moeraki

Ngā Tapuwae o Tiramōrehu

December 3-5th 2017 & January 23-27th

E te whānau whānui o Ngāi tahu huri noa I te motu, tēnā koutou. We’re excited to bring you news of our upcoming hīkoi for Manawa Hou- a kaupapa designed to give Ngāi Tahu an opportunity to explore their Ngāi Tahu identity and takiwā, all while meeting cool people and having lots of fun! These hīkoi are a little different to previous Manawa Hou… this year, we are retracing the steps of Matiaha Tiramōrehu, one of our Ngāi Tahu tīpuna. The first hīkoi starts in Waitaha/Canterbury (December), and the second hīkoi reunites us at Moeraki (January). We’ll explore who Matiaha was, where he came from, and what he was able to achieve in his lifetime. If you are keen to attend both hīkoi, then please check out the information below and make sure we have your application by 5pm on Monday the 30th October. (Spaces are limited so late applications may not be considered)

Mā wai? Who is this for ?

We’re looking for rangatahi who:

  • Are a registered member of Ngāi Tahu (we can help you if you’re not yet registered)
  • Are 15-18 years of age (or Y11-13 at school)
  • Are willing to give everything a go
  • Are able to commit to attending both hīkoi (December and January)

Ki hea? Mā hea? Where is it and how do I get there?

The first hīkoi will begin in North Canterbury (near Kaiapoi), Saturday Dec 3rd, 9am. The second hīkoi will begin in Moeraki (near Dunedin), Tuesday Jan 23rd, 12pm. It is likely that there will be vans available for rangatahi who are based in, or able to make their way, to Ōtautahi / Christchurch.  Further details regarding itinerary, start points and transport will be sent out in mid-November, via email, to those who are placed on the hīkoi.    The on-course costs for this hīkoi are entirely covered by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, travel to Christchurch will be participants/whānau responsibility.

Ka aha tātou? What will we do?

Together we will  explore who Matiaha Tiramorehu was, and understand how his thoughts and actions impact us today.  These discoveries will happen through:

  • Connecting with one another, and as a rōpū
  • Wandering the whenua/land and hearing kōrero/stories
  • Learning waiata, haka and te reo that relates to Matiaha
  • Giving to the communities that host us

Me aha ināianei? What’s next?

If this sounds like something you’re interested in, cool!!! Click here to fill in an online application and consent form. This must be completed by 5pm, Monday 30th October. If you need to fill in a hard copy of the form them please contact us directly – email and phone details are below. Once all applications are received we’ll be in touch to let you know if you have a place on these hīkoi and to share things like a gear list and draft itinerary. If you would like to nominate a rangatahi to attend Manawa Hou, then please forward them the link to apply directly to them E: manawa.hou@ngaitahu.iwi.nz P: 0800 KAI TAHU | 021 734 831 W:  http://ngaitahu.iwi.nz/whanau/opportunities/manawa-hou/