Te Karaka Magazine

Te Karaka Magazine is published quarterly in New Zealand and features stories about Ngāi Tahu tribal members, their accomplishments and issues of importance to them.

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Oval Ball Travels

Rugby has taken Tamaha MacDonald from Blenheim to Mexico City, population 22 million. Kaituhituhi Ila Couch traveled to Mexico to discover how Tamaha has adapted to the language and culture of his new home. Tamaha MacDonald weaves through five lanes of traffic on his way to train Mexico’s national rugby team. “I refused to drive when I first got here, but my wife’s advice was drive flat out and give way to nobody,” he says. “It’s a bit of a free-for-all but you’ve got to get yourself in there
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Double Oscar Winner

In the language of scriptwriters, the term “story arc” refers to a central theme that unfolds within each episode or scene. For Ngāi Tahu sound mixer and recordist Hammond Peek, the story arc of his life and career can be summed up in a word: whānau. The two-time Oscar winner talks to kaituhi Ila Couch about a career that has taken him all the way to Hollywood, but has always led back home. When you visit the home of an Oscar winner the first thing you look for is their award, or, in the case
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Atonement: Californian Tribe Dances For Salmon In Aotearoa

Roy Montgomery, Senior Lecturer of Environmental Management and Planning at the University of Canterbury, was carrying out research on the origins of the chinnok or quinalt salmon, introduced to South Island Rivers in the late 1800s. When he traced the salmon to a United States hatchery on the McCloud River he was able to identify the tribal area and reached out to the Winnemem Wintu via their website. "I was interested in who did, or didn't give permission for these eggs to be harvested and shipped" says Roy. "What I know about the Treaty of Waiting and New Zealand is that we would always ask the question who owned the fish or the river they came from, and I was wondering why no-one was asking where the fish came from in the United States."
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Wreck Diver

It's easy to picture an archeologist at work, labouring under the hot sun, meticulously sifting soil and unearthing precious artifacts; but that's not how Tāne Renata Casserly works. With the same spirit of exploration as his tūpuna, Tāne dives to the bottom of lakes and oceans around North America to survey and document shipwrecks. Long before road and rail were developed to meet mass transportation demands, the Great Lakes were the superhighway of North America. However, safe passage was not always guaranteed, thanks to sudden storms, dense fog and human error. "We're exploring areas that haven't been seen since that ship went down because they are so deep and remote. It's so exciting to be there but it's also exciting to tell those stories to other people and share that experience."