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 Director, Te Waipounamu
David Ormsby manages an agile and well-networked team that looks after the largest of the six Te Puni Kōkiri regions – Te Waipounamu. He reflects on being the Regional Director since 2003 at the Ministry for Māori Development in the South Island.
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.
Matariki stars bring communities together
As Aotearoa gears up to celebrate its first Matariki public holiday on Friday 24 June, Te Puni Kōkiri reflects on this significant kaupapa for Māori that it has always supported.
Getting the South Island vaccinated
Te Waipounamu kaimahi are working hard to help Māori get immunised.
Breathing new life into iconic Ōtautahi building to house Rehua Marae whānau
Memories of living at the old trade training hostel at Rehua Marae are vivid in Ash Leatherby’s mind.
Rangatahi helps kaumātua bridge digital divide
On the northern side of the Otago Peninsula, near Ōtākou Marae lives Tia Taiaroa, a recent university graduate who has been supporting kaumātua to take their first steps into the digital world during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Koha Kai Community Meals - Murihiku
“When this all started we were just excited to be doing something ‘cool’ and positive to help” says Founder of Koha Kai, Janice Lee, “but as the week went on, the work and the people, brought a sobering realisation.