Ngā Hau e Whā From the Editor

Jun 29, 2021

When TE KARAKA first landed in letter boxes in the mid-1990s, Ngāi Tahu was in the midst of Te Kerēme. The magazine played a pivotal role in ensuring whānau not only kept up-to-date about this very complex and critical process, but were also able to gain an insight and understanding into the history of how it came to be. Throughout the years TE KARAKA has continued to evolve. In every issue we are privileged to share the rich and diverse stories that celebrate what it means to be Ngāi Tahu. These stories help connect whānau with their whakapapa, their whenua and with each other.

In this issue we feature the story of Melissa Vining (page 20), the leading voice in the creation of the Southland Charity Hospital. An admirable cause and one made all the more poignant given the profound loss and grief that spurred Melissa’s journey.

Restoring Ngāi Tahu rangatiratanga of wai māori is the driving force of Te Kura Taka Pini, the Freshwater entity established by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. Given the growing degradation of Te Waipounamu waterways, this is an issue of increasing urgency and was the catalyst for the statement of claim to the High Court in Christchurch earlier this year.

Our cover story Mana whenua rising – Tui, tuia… celebrates the recently erected cultural artworks along the Kaikōura coastline (page 13). These pieces are markers of the rich and deep history of the area. Our gratitude to Maurice Manawatu for sharing the whakapapa and the captivating stories that sit behind every artwork. Maurice’s knowledge and ability to recount these stories is priceless.

Nā Adrienne Anderson Waaka

Correction: In the previous issue of TE KARAKA we featured a story on the Malcolm whānau – Talent Runs Deep (Page 34). We have been advised by a whānau member that Gordon’s aunt referred to in the story was Lottie Cowie, not Charlotte Cowie as reported. Further, the whānau are descendants of Anne Williams (File 349) not Hinepū. Our thanks to Gaye Ramsay for providing this information.

Editorial Team

Adrienne Anderson Waaka

Alana Dixon-Calder
Assistant Editor

Michael Deacon
Sub Editor

Belinda Leslie
Web Editor


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Issue 88 published June 2021
© Ngāi Tahu Publications Limited
ISSN N0. 1173/6011

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu used paper produced using Elemental Chlorine Free (ECF) and manufactured under the strict ISO Enviromental Management System.

Front Cover
Hinekura, one of the four recently erected pou along the Kaikōura coastline.
Photograph: NCTIR