Te Puni Kokiri

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Language preference: Māori English

Te Waipounamu

There are three Te Puni Kōkiri Offices in Te Waipounamu. These are in Christchurch, Dunedin and Invercargill.

Office locations

Our offices can be reached via contact details below.

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Christchurch

BNZ Centre Level 1
120 Hereford Street
Christchurch 8011
P O Box 4741, Christchurch 8011
P:
0800-875-839
E:
tpk.te-waipounamu@tpk.govt.nz
F:
03-355-6309

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Dunedin

Level 1
Colonial House
258 Stuart Street
Dunedin 9016
P O Box 180, Dunedin 9054
P:
0800-875-839
E:
tpk.te-waipounamu@tpk.govt.nz
F:
03-474-9576

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Invercargill

Level 1
Menzies Building
1 Esk Street West
Invercargill 9810
PO Box 1769, Invercargill 9840
P:
0800-875-839
E:
tpk.te-waipounamu@tpk.govt.nz
F:
03-214-9179

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Our Rohe

Te Waipounamu region is the largest of Te Puni Kōkiri regional areas, covering approximately 49 percent of New Zealand (134,672,000 hectares).

The area replicates the boundaries of Ngāi Tahu Whānui, the northern points are from Kahurangi Point on the West Coast to Te Parinui o Whiti (White Bluffs) near Kaikōura on the East Coast. The region includes the bulk of the South Island including Rakiura (Stewart Island).

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Regional Manager

David Ormsby (Waikato, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga)

Regional Manager, Te Waipounamu

He’s spent 11 years leading the Te Puni Kōkiri team in Te Waipounamu, but David Ormsby does not hesitate when asked about the most memorable part of the job.

“Absolutely, it was working with Te Puni Kōkiri as a whole, in response to the earthquake. I’ve never seen anything like it."

Read more about David.

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Iwi in our Region

There are three iwi represented in Te Waipounamu region:

  • Ngāi Tahu
  • Kāti Māmoe
  • Waitaha

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Iwi radio stations

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Local events and updates

Latest events and updates for this section are listed below.

  • Māori Wardens: A proud tradition

    • Date: 23 November 2017

    Māori Wardens are unique to New Zealand life. Following the anniversary of the Kaikōura earthquakes, we meet the Kaikōura Wardens. It is a group committed to securing a strong future for its distinct volunteer organisation and giving it a fresh face for the future.

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  • Manaia Cunningham is part of a project to restore māra kai on Banks Peninsula to their once famous status as bountiful kai baskets. The project is supported by Whānau Ora.

    Sowing dreams in the whenua

    • Date: 16 November 2017

    In the tiny bay of Koukourārata, māra kai are being restored to their once famous status as bountiful kai baskets. Find out how dreams are growing healthy and strong – one humble potato at a time, in the heart of Te Pātaka o Rakaihautū (Banks Peninsula).

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  • Principal of Avonside Girls High School Sue Hume, Waitangi speech representative Monika Kern, Te Hinenga Te Hēmi, her parents Tracy and Hēmi Te Hēmi.

    “Her identity is more important to her than ever”

    • Date: 15 November 2017

    A proud father says a new programme to connect Christchurch rangatahi with their Māoritanga helped his teenage daughter regain strength after her brother died.

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  • Nanaia Mahuta. Image supplied by RNZ.

    Te Puni Kōkiri welcomes new Māori Development Minister

    • Date: 13 November 2017

    Te Puni Kōkiri is geared to support a new suite of leaders and, for the first time ever, a wahine is steering the waka as its Minister for Māori Development.

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  • The Bros for Change programme in partnership with the Whānau Ora commissioning agency, Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu, is helping rangatahi in Christchurch to become whānau and community leaders. Photo by Wiremu Grace.

    Bros for Change – Rangatahi becoming whānau and community leaders

    • Date: 07 November 2017

    The six week programme run by Jaye Pukepuke(Tūhoe, Ngāti Hine) and Ben Murray, utilises tikanga Māori to form the basis of their kaupapa targeting rangatahi who might have fallen off the waka or who just need some help.

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