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Ngāi Tahu

by Adrienne Rewi

Guest Post

We welcome back Adrienne Rewi to Capture, with a series of photos from Ngāi Tahu.

Words and photography by Adrienne Rewi.

In 2006, almost 50,000 people identified themselves as Ngāi Tahu, making it the fourth largest Māori tribe in New Zealand, with the largest territory of any iwi. Throughout the South Island there are 18 Ngāi Tahu rūnanga – a representative from each makes up Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, the governing body which oversees the tribe’s activities. 

In the 7 years I have worked for Ngāi Tahu’s quarterly magazine TE KARAKA as a journalist and sub-editor, I have been extremely fortunate to have travelled to all eighteen rūnanga and marae, and to have had the opportunity to build up a huge library of Ngāi Tahu images.

The selection here is a tiny keyhole peep into contemporary Ngāi Tahu life and all images are published here with the permission of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.

1. Makaawhio Runanga’s Te Tauraka a Maui Marae sits in an idyllic beachside location in South Westland’s Bruce Bay. Photo: © Adrienne Rewi

2. Murihiku Marae kaumātua dig for toheroa (Paphies ventricosum) at Oreti Beach, Invercargill. Photo: © Adrienne Rewi

3. Sir Tipene O’Regan, Upoko Awarua Runanga, at the opening of Rapāki Marae’s new whare tipuna, Wheke in Governor’s Bay in November 2010. Photo: © Adrienne Rewi

4. Manuhiri (guests) being welcomed onto Rapāki Marae, during opening ceremonies November 2010. Photo: © Adrienne Rewi

5. Contemporary tiki shot at the Ngāi Tahu Hui-a-Tau at Oraka-Aparimu Runanga’s Takutai o Te Tītī Marae, Colac Bay, Southland. Photo: © Adrienne Rewi

6. Pupils of Tuahiwi School perform for Kaumātua Day, Tuahiwi Marae, North Canterbury. Photo: © Adrienne Rewi

7. A member of Christchurch’s Pounamu Ngāi Tahu performing on Waitangi Day 2012, at Kaiapoi, North Canterbury. Photo: © Adrienne Rewi

8. Portrait – Pounamu Ngāi Tahu performer, Kaiapoi, Waitangi day 2012. Photo: © Adrienne Rewi

9. Weaving flax putiputi (flowers) at Hokonui Marae, Gore, Southland. Photo: © Adrienne Rewi

10. Preparing hangi kai at Tuahiwi Marae, North Canterbury. Photo: © Adrienne Rewi

11. Detail – Tokotoko (walking stick), Rapaki Marae opening, November 2010. Photo: © Adrienne Rewi

12. Young kapa haka performers, Cathedral Square, Christchurch 2009. Photo: © Adrienne Rewi

13. Catching up before the performance: members of Pounamu Ngāi Tahu chatting on the sidelines, Waitangi Day, Kaiapoi, 2012. Photo: © Adrienne Rewi

14. Opening ceremony, Rapaki Marae, November 2010. Photo: © Adrienne Rewi