Matakahi cadetship

My name is Grace and I am a Matakahi Cadet who was fortunate enough to work at Ngāi Tahu over the summer. When I was told I would be joining Ngāi Tahu as a legal intern I was nervous, as I had never worked in a professional environment in a law-related role before. However, my experience could not have gone any better. Every person within the organisation is valued for what they contribute and treated as whānau. I was pleasantly surprised by how many people took the time to ask me who I was and what I was doing.

The legal team, led by the incredible Chris Ford, was a pleasure to work with. It was great to see real life lawyers in action and I learnt so much from them. They took the time to explain every task I was given clearly and answered questions if I was ever confused. This made the challenging tasks exciting rather than daunting. My main on-going project was to come up with a standardised constitution that could be used for the 18 Papatipu Rūnanga. The task was to draft the content according the new Incorporated Societies Act in a way that was concise and easy to understand for all whānau members. With the help of the team, I was able to draw up some diagrams and other visuals that will hopefully be used in the years to come.

Highlights of the summer would include: Monday morning waiata and karakia in the wharekai, weekly te reo lessons, free boot camp lessons for a bit of exercise during lunch, meeting many new faces and making some great friends, but most importantly, learning so much about my culture and gaining the confidence to keep going on this cultural journey. Thank you to everyone who was part of making this summer the best one yet, Grace.

Grace Dimond.

Grace Dimond.

Pānui contributions

If members have an item of interest they wish to share with te whānau o Ngāi Tahu or would like to profile Ngāi Tahu whānau who are achieving in what they are doing in today’s world, please contact Tina on 03 212 6029 or email tinamm@awarua.org.nz.

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