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Ngāi Tahu outreach brings in more uri
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Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu is on the road as the South Island iwi seeks to connect with and update members.

Kaiwhakahaere Lisa Tumahai says 60 percent of its 65,000 members live outside the takiwa, and new registrations are coming in at a rate of 100 a week.

While the iwi has a billion dollar balance sheet, individual members have the same economic, social and health profile of other Māori.

About a quarter of registered members are part of the Whai Rawa savings scheme, which can be drawn upon for home ownership, tertiary education or at retirement.

Ms Tumahai says the main value of the scheme is getting members into a habit of saving and financial literacy, but more can be done.

"What we haven’t cracked though is the things like healthcare, health insurance and supports with that, and that is something we are looking at the moment. Ngāti Whātūa, Waikato Tainui are rolling out similar thngs. So we are also looking at what other iwi are doing and we share ideas with each other actually," she says.

The Ngāi Tahu Rūnanga will do 11 roadshows this year, with the next one in Napier.

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