From the Editor


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From the Editor

“Cultural connection” or “connectedness” are terms used with increasing frequency, but what do they really mean? The reality is that cultural connectedness means something different for everyone, and most largely relates to one’s life experiences. In a Ngāi Tahu context, does being culturally connected mean living in the takiwā and being actively involved in the local activities of the iwi, or can one have a meaningful connection living in the North Island or further afield? With more than 50 per cent of the iwi living outside of the takiwā, this is an interesting consideration.

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In this issue we take the opportunity to acknowledge Tā Mark Solomon on his 18 years as Kaiwhakahaere o Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. We reflect upon his contribution to Ngāi Tahu, to Māoridom, and in fact to the whole of Aotearoa.

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Earlier this month I had the pleasure of attending a weaving wānanga at Awarua Marae. From the moment I arrived I was struck by the overwhelming sense of whanaungatanga and community among this group of wāhine who have been coming together monthly for the past year-and-a-half to learn the art of weaving korowai.

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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.

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It was Maggie Barry’s sneering put down that really got to me. After Sonny Tau was discovered with five dead kererū at Invercargill Airport, news broke that kererū were on the menu at Maungarongo Marae in Ohakune in 2013 when two Government ministers were present and Tariana Turia.

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Take a close look at the photo on the cover of this issue. The wahine toa challenging the Minister of the Crown as he bends down to pick up the taki. That scenario hasn’t been seen for hundreds of years, if ever.

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Ngā hau e whā Megan Tamati-Quennell The invitation to be the guest editor for this issue of TE KARAKA was an opportunity that allowed me to make a contribution to the tribe in a way that I could. It enabled me to draw on some of the expertise I have developed as an art curator…

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Haere rā Harry Evison. It has often been said that although Ngāi Tahu knew for generations that they had been swindled by the Crown, it was historian Harry Evison who was crucial in showing how.

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Haere rā Uncle Hori. Haere rā Uncle Rik.

One was widely known for his kōrero and his tireless work on Te Kerēme. The other was widely known for his tireless mahi in protecting kaimoana. Henare Rakiihia Tau lodged Wai 27 with the Waitangi Tribunal on behalf of Ngā Tahu on behalf of the Ngāi Tahu Trust Board. That simple act set in train the events that enabled Ngāi Tahu to move on from decades of grievance.

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