Kukupa Tirikātene


Walking the talk

Tā Mark Solomon is not the kind of man who speaks at length about himself. He values his privacy and he’s prone to under-playing any suggestion that he’s made a significant contribution to Māoridom, to Ngāi Tahu.
The fact that he was knighted in 2013 in recognition of the work he has done for Ngāi Tahu and for Māoridom is a case in point. His initial reaction was to baulk at the honour, but there were those who told him to “pull his head in,” that it wasn’t just for him, it was for the tribe. He relates how he was told firmly to “get up there to Wellington and receive the honour on behalf of the tribe.”

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Kotahi Mano Kāika Te Reo Awards

Ngāi Tahu language leaders have been recognised at the Kotahi Mano Kāika Te Reo Awards, held in Dunedin on the eve of Hui-ā-Iwi. The awards celebrate and promote a sense of pride in the revival of te reo Māori in the Kāi Tahu takiwā.

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