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All Voices: The indigenous voice in Christchurch’s rebuild ‘we are not left out anymore’

In 1990, Riki Manuel was told to carve a “little rock” that would represent the coming of Maori to Christchurch in Victoria Square. Soaring above it would be a statutes of Captain Cook and Queen Victoria. Read More

 

You needn’t look far through the Christchurch rebuild to see the hand of the Matapopore Charitable Trust.

Designs sandblasted onto buildings, poems etched into stone paths, new artworks, native plantings, and te reo names for new buildings all reinforce its work.

Jointly set up by the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) and Ngāi Tahu in 2014, the trust gives cultural advice on the rebuild anchor projects. It has invoiced taxpayers and ratepayers for about $2.5 million of consultancy work since then.  Read More

Matapopore wishes to clarify that fees paid to it by the Christchurch City Council for cultural advice on the new $38 million QEII Recreation and Sports facility do not include payment for the name Taiora. read more…

The Social Enterprise World Forum is an international event for social enterprises from all over the world to come together, share wisdom, build networks and discuss how to create a more sustainable future. The event attracts social enterprise practitioners, social entrepreneurs, policy makers, community leaders, investors, activists, academics and more from all across the globe read more…

A special taonga makes up part of the Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial, which was officially unveiled today.
The 265kg piece of pounamu, the traditional Maori name for greenstone, was gifted by Te Runanga o Makaawhio, one of local iwi Ngai Tahu’s sub tribes for the memorial read more…

Let’s start a stroll through central Christchurch at Victoria Square. After a stoush over the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority’s plans to radically alter the square, a working group did a lot of talking and recommended keeping Victoria Square pretty much as it is. Paths will be modernised and widened, a punt/waka stop will be established and so forth read more…

Christchurch’s new Justice and Emergency Services Precinct is the second time artist Lonnie Hutchinson (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Kuri, Samoan, Pākehā) has collaborated on a building. The first was Hanoa ki te Hono Tawhiti, six site-specific thresholds for Auckland Art Gallery in 2011. read more…

Spanning approximately 50 metres and connecting Oxford and Cambridge Terraces, the bridge will be a functional and distinctive feature of Te Papa Ōtākaro/Avon River Precinct, providing direct access to the developing waterfront including the Ōtākaro Orchard community garden read more…

In the wake of the 2011 earthquake, mana whenua Ngāi Tūāhuriri realised that one way to bring meaning to the destruction in central Christchurch was to get involved in the recovery process and ensure that Ngāi Tūāhuriri/Ngāi Tahu identity is visible in the city. Despite the historical and cultural significance of the area for Ngāi Tūāhuriri, Christchurch has always been a colonial city read more…