Tā Mark Solomon


Marae manaaki

When a massive magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck North Canterbury just after midnight on November 14, Takahanga Marae in Kaikōura opened its doors to distraught locals and visitors with characteristic manaaki, promptly setting itself up as a welfare centre for the community.
This was the third largest earthquake in New Zealand in a century and it took the lives of two people. It wasn’t only the marae that showed whanaungatanga to Kaikōura – within hours Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu staff also set out to help whānau in need.

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29th
November
2016

Hurunui/Kaikōura Earthquake legislation

The Government today introduced the Hurunui/Kaikōura Earthquakes Emergency Relief Bill and the Civil Defence Emergency Management Amendment Act 2016 Amendment Bill to Parliament. The Government has also indicated a third Bill, the Hurunui/Kaikoura Earthquake Recovery Bill, will be introduced to the House on Thursday. Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu welcomes the introduction of these Bills…


Manawa Kāi Tahu launched

At Hui-ā-Tau Tā Mark Solomon launched Manawa Kāi Tahu, the first sustainability report for Office of Te Rūnanga and Ngāi Tahu Holdings. Tā Mark Solomon says the project has been led by Ngāi Tahu Holdings with a working party from across Te Rūnanga Group, which included Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Board Representatives, commercial governors…

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An earthquake message from Tā Mark Solomon

Kia hiwa rā, kia hiwa rā. Kua pōkarekare te Tai o Marokura. Kua oho, kua nekeneke anō a Rūaumoko i tō Kurī takiwā. Auē, tō Ngāi Tahu mārino, memeha e! Hī ake ana he rā whawhati kō. Ko ngā ihu ki te one, ko rau ringa ki te manaaki. Tēnā anō tātou katoa Once again…

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Wai Ora

In early April news broke the Ashburton District Council was considering selling a section in their business park known as “Lot 9”. A seemingly innocuous move, except that a resource consent for the extraction of freshwater is attached to Lot 9, and on the other side of the deal was a company in the business of bottling and selling water. The consent would allow for 45 litres of artesian water to be extracted per second, over 1.4 billion litres over the course of a year.

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Money Matters
10 Years of Whai Rawa

Rather than following the state’s example – and opting for student debt over savings – Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu leaders saw an opportunity to provide their people with increased access to tertiary education, home ownership, and retirement support. And so Whai Rawa was born.

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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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Helping whānau with the cost of education

Over the last decade Whai Rawa has helped over 250 whānau to pursue their tertiary education dreams. David Tikao, Programme Leader – Whai Rawa, says nearly $500,000 has been withdrawn by members to assist them with tertiary study. “Whai Rawa is different to Kiwi Saver because we allow our members to withdraw for tertiary education…

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Celebrating ten years of Whai Rawa

In the last decade Whai Rawa funds under management have risen to $52-million with nearly 2000 whānau who have been helped into new homes, tertiary education or retirement. David Tikao, Whai Rawa Programme Leader, says much of the success has come from member buy-in. “We have nearly 22,000 members and to date we have helped…

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