From the Editor

Dec 13, 2012

Nga hau e whamarkr2
nā Mark Revington

It seems like only a moment ago that we were welcoming our new chief executive, Arihia Bennett to Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.

Since then, Hui-ā-Iwi ran over three days at the Lincoln Events Centre and was widely hailed as a success, and Ngāi Tūāhuriri opened their new wharenui, Maahunui II.

And now it’s almost Christmas. So much to do, so little time seems like it’s a constant refrain in the modern world for most of us.

I kept getting overtaken by events in planning this issue. No sooner would I get news of someone doing something pretty cool, then my attention would be drawn elsewhere for the same reason.

Mawera Karetai was named Māori Entrepreneur at the Eastern Bay of Plenty Business Excellence Awards for her work in building a brilliant business online. Read her story on page 6.

And now A3 Kaitiaki has won the Māori business category at the Otago Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards. Look out for their story in the next issue.

Ngāi Tahu journalist Alan Solomon this year gained his journalism diploma from Waiariki Institute of Technology in Rotorua and broke the record for the number of stories published while doing the course. You’ll find his story on our website.

Sometimes there are just too many stories to fit them all in the print issue, which is where our website comes in. Take a look at We’ve given it a new look and we’re constantly working on new content.

Lastly, one of the best moments at Hui-ā-Iwi for me was the writing wānanga led by Keri Hulme and Gerry Coates. We have formed a Ngāi Tahu writers’ group, we are planning a hui next year, and I would like to see more Ngāi Tahu creative writing in TE KARAKA.

I would love to hear from you. Get in touch at [email protected].
Nā Mark Revington

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