Ngā Hau e Whā

Jul 12, 2023

In this issue we celebrate two special wahine centenarians: Tūtehuarewa, the whare at Koukourarata; and Pamela Jungersen, a kuia who has lived a very full and rich life.

Easter weekend saw whānau and the community come together to celebrate 100 years of Tūtehuarewa. Appropriately themed He Rau Tau, He Tini Mahara | 100 years, 1000 memories, the three-day event saw more than 1300 pay their respects to this grand old dame who has been, and continues to be, at the heart of her community. You can read all about the celebrations on page 24.

And turning to Pamela Jungersen, what a privilege it was to meet this wonderful wahine who has lived an extraordinary life, and at the ripe old age of 100, still has an incredible zest for life and an infectious sense of humour. On page 38 we share a little of her life and her journey of discovery, coming home and finding her large Ngāi Tahu whānau she knew nothing about for the first 40 years of her life.

Thirty years on from the Māori Fisheries Settlement Act, an amendment bill is now before parliament. It’s a long time coming and, if successful, the bill will change the governance arrangements of Te Ohu Kaimoana to give iwi more direct control over its composition and future direction. On page 12 Justine Inns takes a look at the Māori Fisheries Settlement, the journey so far and what has changed for the better over the past three decades to protect the interests of iwi.

The customary fisheries regulations is a mechanism by which whānau can protect taonga species and places. While often challenged by those in the wider community, mātaitai, taiāpure and rahui are tools that aim to ensure an abundance of healthy kai moana for all. In Puketeraki, a taiāpure has been in place for the past 30 years in an attempt to regenerate the sadly depleted pāua stocks to ensure they remain for the next generations to enjoy.

Nāhaku noa, nā

Nā Adrienne Anderson Waaka