There are three Te Puni Kōkiri Offices in Te Waipounamu. These are in Christchurch, Dunedin and Invercargill.
Our offices can be reached via contact details below.
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).
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."
Iwi in our Region
There are three iwi represented in Te Waipounamu region:
- Ngāi Tahu
- Kāti Māmoe
Iwi radio stations
Local events and updates
Latest events and updates for this section are listed below.
Māori Wardens: A proud tradition
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.
Sowing dreams in the whenua
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).
“Her identity is more important to her than ever”
A proud father says a new programme to connect Christchurch rangatahi with their Māoritanga helped his teenage daughter regain strength after her brother died.
Te Puni Kōkiri welcomes new Māori Development Minister
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.
Bros for Change – Rangatahi becoming whānau and community leaders
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.