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He aha te kai a te rangatira? He kōrero, he kōrero, he kōrero.
What is the food of the leader? It is knowledge. It is communication.

One of the architects of the Ngāi Tahu Settlement recently created a stir when he suggested it was time for senior Māori leaders to stand aside and allow younger generations to come through in leadership roles.

Tā Tipene O’Regan made the suggestion at the Parliament Buildings launch of the Manu Ao Academy’s Fire that Kindles Hearts: 10 Māori Scholars, a book which profiles 10 respected Māori academics in terms of their leadership roles.

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From Tuahiwi to Twickenham

The call-up came as a surprise. Prop Joe Moody had been for a walk-through and some line-out drills with his Canterbury team. They had finished a pre-match dinner and he was about head to the stadium for the game in Christchurch against Southland. “I got the phone call from Razor (Scott Robertson), the Canterbury coach. He said, ‘Oh you’re not playing today… they need you on the next flight over there to cover for Woody (Tony Woodcock)’, and that was that.

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History never repeats

As the first chief executive of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Sid Ashton was the man credited for the solid foundations which have stood the iwi in good stead.

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A third generation tangata tiaki

It is a daily reminder of the legacy that Tasman (Ngāi Tahu – Ngāti Wheke, Ngāti Kahungunu), hopes to continue. His pōua Bill was a legend in the mahinga kai world and is remembered for his love for customary fisheries, Kāhui Kaumātua (Māori Elders Council), Māori education and his whānau. Uncle Bill was also the driving force behind Kaupapa Kereru, the Ngāi Tahu kereru restoration programme on Banks Peninsula.

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What it means to be Kāi Tahu

From a young age, my sister and I remember being dragged to hui across the country. Now, that is not to say that we didn’t enjoy the hui, but more that we wished that we had a retreat space, a room for us and other rakatahi our age where we could express our Kāi Tahutaka in our own individual way. This became the foundation for the space we filled for Hui-ā-Iwi.

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The unstoppable Denise Sheat

Denise Sheat is not a woman of airs and graces. In her mind there is no time for pomp or ego when there is so much work to be done. This humility is all the more likeable for the fact she is a veteran advocate for Māori education and biculturalism in Aotearoa, and a long-serving member of Te Taumutu Rūnanga, while representing Ngāi Tahu in various governance positions.

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He Aitaka a Tāne
A handsome climber

Kōhia is a handsome climber found high in the canopy of the tallest trees of our native forests, and is perhaps better known to most of us as New Zealand passion vine, passion flower, or passion fruit.

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Using Māori metaphor, philosophy, cultural concepts, iwi connection to land and place, cultural narratives, history, and expansive examples drawn from an array of disciplines and sources, Panoho discusses Māori art, its whakapapa, origins, tātai (bloodlines), legacies, and connections.

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