From the Editor

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Mark Revington

Calling all Ngāi Tahu creative writers. Yes, that’s you. We’re looking for submissions to be published in TE KARAKA. Poems, short stories, you choose the form and TE KARAKA will provide the waka.

This idea has been slowly building after discussions during the Christchurch Writers Festival last year when we put together a panel including Keri Hulme, Gerry Coates and Hinemoana Baker, chaired by John Huria who was a long-time senior editor at Huia Publishers.

We want to encourage Ngāi Tahu creative writing as a valuable form of expression for the tribe. Send me your submissions or give me a call to discuss them and let’s get this happening. We don’t promise to publish everything that comes our way – in case we get flooded with copy – but John and I will go through submissions and decide what will be published.

In other news, the environment and sustainability are two themes bubbling up all over the Ngāi Tahu takiwā, with sometimes more questions than answers. What is happening to the relationship between Ngāi Tahu and the Department of Conservation for example? Kim Triegaardt has marshalled some conflicting opinions in the cover story, issues that also were discussed at a hui at Te Rau Aroha Marae in Bluff in early March. And I went to a hui at Takahanga Marae in Kaikōura where representatives from the oil exploration company Anardarko fronted to answer questions about the company’s two exploration permits offshore from the Kaikōura Peninsula. Also there was Energy Minister Simon Bridges and managers from New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals, the Crown body that grants exploration permits. Again, there were more questions than answers but at least the suits from Anadarko faced the rūnanga and local community.

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