Ngā Hau e Whā From the Editor

Mar 25, 2018

Ruminating on the content for this issue of the magazine I am left with a strong impression of anticipation of all things new – new beginnings, new thinking, and new content.

We are priviliged to share with you the very personal and heartfelt account of Tahu Potiki’s brush with death (page 24) – an incredible story of strength and courage against the odds that has left Tahu with a second chance and a new perspective on life. There are many whānau who face this kind of adversity daily, and Tahu’s story highlights the importance of extended family support to share the load, and is a reminder of the very fragile hold we have on Papatūānuku.

Recently-appointed Kaiwhakahaere Lisa Tumahai is a familiar face for most iwi members, having been the Ngāti Waewae representative on Te Rūnanga for the past 16 years. Lisa brings a fresh perspective to the role, and a clear focus on the challenges and priorities. On pages 8-11 she gives her thoughts on leadership and her vision for the iwi heading into the future.

The need for forward thinking and clear direction is also first and foremost for kaituhi Alice Dimond, who recently attended WakaNZ: Navigating with Foresight, a “think thank” hosted by the New Zealand Treasury and the McGuinness Institute. Alice shares her learnings and thinking from a rangatahi perspective on the use of foresight as a strategy to create our own future. It is encouraging to see our rangatahi increasingly exposed to these kinds of opportunities which assist in cultivating the next generations of leadership (pages 20-21).

And finally to a new regular feature within our pages: Aukaha, a platform to showcase creative talents. We kick this off with Out to Sea, a short story by James MacTaggart (Ngāi Tahu – Ngāti Waewae). A truly delightful and poignant piece of prose. In the next issue we plan to bring back Letters to the Editor so please feel free to send us your thoughts and comments on any of the stories we publish.

Nā Adrienne Anderson Waaka

Editorial Team

Phil Tumataroa
Managing Editor

Adrienne Anderson Waaka

Anna Brankin
Assistant Editor

Diana Leufkens
Sub Editor

Belinda Leslie
Web Editor


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Maria Bartlett
Arihia Bennett
Tui Cadigan
Rahera Clark
Gerry Te Kapa Coates
Michael Deacon
Alice Dimond
Martin Fisher
Ward Kamo
James MacTaggart
Arielle Monk
Thomas Morgan
Nuku Tau
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Fern Whitau
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Issue 77 published March 2018
© Ngāi Tahu Publications Limited
ISSN N0. 1173/6011

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Front Cover
Newly elected Kaiwhakahaere Lisa Tumahai.
Photograph by Dean MacKenzie.