Ngā hau e whā
From the editor
He aha te mea nui o te ao?
He tangata! He tangata! He tangata!
This is it. My last issue as editor of TE KARAKA. Yes, that means an enormous sadness. It was a privilege to be called to the role as editor at the beginning of 2012. Former editor Faumuinā Tafuna’i was returning to her homeland of Samoa and I had been living in Auckland with my family. We were ready for the change and I was more than ready to work for the tribe. In fact I will still be working for the tribe; as a Pou Tokomārama in the Tribal Economies team.
The first issue of TE KARAKA was published in autumn, 1995. “Anei tō mātou kaupapa… We live in an information age and those who control their information will ultimately control their own destiny,” wrote then-editor Gabrielle Huria. “Keeping the lines of communication open is the key to successful relationships. As a tribe our takiwā stretches across Te Waipounamu. As a people our opinions are as wide-ranging as our takiwā.”
A little over 20 years later, those words still hold true. The ideas that power TE KARAKA usually come from relationships, and chats over cups of tea. TE KARAKA celebrates identity and culture and above all, people. And sometimes it can be complicated to find a way to express those diverse opinions.
In the past four years I have felt privileged to meet a wide range of people from this iwi and to have been welcomed onto marae and into homes, and to hear many stories.
The name TE KARAKA is dialect for “te karanga” or the call, usually known as the ceremonial call of manuhiri or visitors on to a marae at the start of a pōwhiri.
I hope the magazine has reflected that name, while celebrating and discussing what it means to be Ngāi Tahu.
And like the women who have the first and last words on the marae, I am sure TE KARAKA will continue to resonate and endure.
nā MARK REVINGTON
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Issue 69 published March 2016
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ISSN N0. 1173/6011
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Jade Temepara of Kākano Café. Photo by Shar Devine.