Kaiwhakahaere


Uncle Charlie
A Man for his People

It is unlikely that you can have a discussion about the Ngāi Tahu Settlement without hearing stories about Charles Crofts (Ngāti Huakai, Ngāi Tūāhuriri), or as most of the iwi know him, Uncle Charlie. As Charlie tells it, it was the “luck of the draw” that he was Kaiwhakahaere of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu at the time of settlement. However, as we speak in the home he shares with his wife Meri, eating mousetraps and sipping on tea, it becomes clear that there was more than just luck at play. Charlie is a man who was always going to do great things.

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Kaiwhakahaere election process

At its hui on the 18th of February 2017, at Te Koawa Tūroa o Tākitimu, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu resolved to pause the election process for the Kaiwhakahaere. The decision to pause this process was not taken lightly, but it was considered appropriate to allow time for Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu to carry out a review of the Kaiwhakahaere role.

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Message from the Kaiwhakahaere

Kei aku nui, kei aku rahi, kei aku whakatamarahi ki te Raki. Ko te Ika-nui ka riro rā. Koia! It is with much sadness that we as Ngāi Tahu Whānui saw another leak of largely inaccurate information to the media last weekend.  This behaviour is unacceptable and untenable and I will be working with your…

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From Tā Mark Solomon

Kei a koutou e ngā uri o Tahu Pōtiki, e aku rangatira puta noa, tēnā koutou katoa.

Today I am announcing that I will not seek re-election as the Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Representative for Kaikōura. I appreciate that by the end of this year, this will result in my role as Kaiwhakahaere of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu coming to an end.

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22nd
November
2014

Hui-ā-Tau 2014

Ngāi Tahu whānui have been challenged to think out to 2050 at today’s Hui-ā-Tau. Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Kaiwhakahaere, Tā Mark Solomon, says that post-Settlement the iwi had prepared a robust vision to take it to 2025 but that was now only ten years away and the time had come to start thinking beyond…