May 12, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

What Ngai Tahu are doing to help Christchurch Earthquake Victims

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‘Tautoko Whanau’ bank account opened

Ngai Tahu have now opened a charitable trust bank account at the ANZ (account number 01 0797 0460281 01) to hold and then distribute any donations received for earthquake-related support.

Consistent with the requests of donors, these funds are to be available to support Ngai Tahu families, other Maori living in our Takiwa, and all other residents in the stricken area. We are proposing that the fund be administered by Te Runanga’s Kaiwhakahaere, Christchurch’s Mayor, and a representative of matawaka, and that distributions be coordinated with the other community support initiatives now in place.

So that we can keep accurate records of these donations, we would request that you also send an email to the [email protected] detailing the amount you have donated, your name and contact details.

If you would like to learn more about this facility please dont hesitate to contact Anake Goodall, or Te R?nangas Financial Accountant Jeff Goldsmith at [email protected]

Matawaka Contacts

Please ring 0800 875839 if you need to contact any of the Matawaka groups, based here in Christchurch. When ringing this number, please follow the instructions carefully.

Messages to Whanau

Whanau requiring help should in the first instance ring the Earthquake helpline: 0800 77 999 7

As a backup, Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu is also offering help and wh?nau should not hesitate to call our 0800KAITAHU number. The iwi has expertise that it is putting at the disposal of those Maori wh?nau who need it. You can also email [email protected].

Tuahuriri Marae is still available for whanau who do not have facilities at home and need to find alternative accommodation. The address is 219 Tuahiwi Road, Tuahiwi.

People wishing to communicate with whanau feel free to use our public facebook page at:

Whakatu Marae
Ngati Koata and other iwi of Te Tau Ihu have kindly offered Whakatu Marae for respite, next weekend, Friday 17th to Sunday 19th September. This is a chance for whanau to get away from Christchurch to have relaxation time with whanau after a very stressful week. To support this generous offer from our neighbouring iwi, Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu will provide transport for kaumatua and whanau to get to Nelson next weekend. The Te Tau Ihu iwi have offered to provide the kai for weekend as well so whanau only need their personal effects and bedding. Whakatu Marae can hold approximately 100 people and will be limited to this number, therefore if you wish to take up this offer, please contact Whetu Moataane on 0800KAITAHU or email [email protected]

Things that are happening

Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu is in the process of systematically telephoning kaumatua to check on their wellbeing. It is important however, that if you require help, you do not wait to be called but that you phone either the government earthquake line 0800 77 999 7 or the 0800 KAI TAHU number. We have already made contact with 90% of kaumatua in Kaiapoi, also most wh?nau in Darfield and we are now ringing kaumatua in the central Christchurch area. Whanau are mostly coping well, with just a few dealing with damaged homes and others seeking various kinds of assistance which weve been able to meet.

Tuahiwi Marae is open to all. There are currently two families in residence and many others visiting for company and a cuppa. Internet services are also available at Tuahiwi. We are also organising a public forum/ hui at Tuahiwi on Friday at 1pm for those seeking face to face information. We expect representatives from a number of the essential services to be there.

We have been approached by some whanau who wish to take a break and be with friends in the North Island, we have been able to assist them and in the process have been told by the Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferry company that it is discounting its fares for Canterbury families:

And finally, our networks are working well we were able to assist Jim Anderton to track down mattresses for the Addington Raceway Welfare Centre Big Ups to CPIT for those mattresses.

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