From the Editor

Mar 31, 2019

Ngā Hau e Whā
From the Editor

The challenges of living with and caring for a whānau member with a disability can at times be overwhelming – the lack of understanding and support, the marginalisation, the ignorance – the list is long! It was inspiring to read of Colleen Brown’s recent accolade (page 18) for her lifetime of advocating for equality and inclusion for those living with a disability. Having grown up with a sister with an intellectual disability and witnessed these often painful challenges first hand, I am aware of just how much courage and determination it takes to make a difference – and to never give up. The world needs more people like Colleen Brown.

Equally inspiring is the story of Pere Tainui (page 22), a humble man with a huge heart and a passion for ensuring the mahinga kai practices and knowledge he learnt from his elders remain strong in his papakāinga. For the past few months Pere has been running wānanga for tamariki and rangatahi to excite and engage them in all things mahinga kai, and in doing so, growing the next generation of leaders in this important cultural tradition. This mahi truly does pay homage to our tribal vision: Mō tātou, ā, mō kā uri ā muri ake nei.

On page 30 we feature a story on Takiwā Tourism, a collective of whānau-owned tourism enterprises providing unique indigenous visitor experiences to travellers from around the globe. As the appetite for these types of experience continues to grow, so too will the opportunities for our whānau and communities in the future.

Thank-you to all those who continue to allow us to share their stories within the pages of TE KARAKA – it is truly a privilege. Just a reminder that we encourage our readers to share their thoughts on content we feature by submitting a letter to the editor.

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Nā Adrienne Anderson Waaka

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Issue 81 published March 2019
© Ngāi Tahu Publications Limited
ISSN N0. 1173/6011

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Front Cover
Pere Tainui keeping mahinga kai practices alive for the next generations.
Photograph nā Dean MacKenzie.