From the editor

markr2Ngā hau e whā
Mark Revington

Haere rā Uncle Hori. Haere rā Uncle Rik.

One was widely known for his kōrero and his tireless work on Te Kerēme. The other was widely known for his tireless mahi in protecting kaimoana. Henare Rakiihia Tau lodged Wai 27 with the Waitangi Tribunal on behalf of Ngā Tahu on behalf of the
Ngāi Tahu Trust Board. That simple act set in train the events that enabled Ngāi Tahu to move on from decades of grievance. His poroporoaki is on pages 4 and 5.

We featured Uncle Hori in TE KAKAKA 57 back in the summer of 2013 where he was described as one of life’s gentlemen. He was still performing his duties as an honorary fisheries officer at 80, despite the ravages of throat cancer. He took his last ride to Rāpaki on board an MPI compliance vessel.

Nō reira e ngā mātanga mahinga kai, e ōku rangatira, nei au ka mihi. Nā kōrua mātou i ārahi i roto i ngā mahi rangatira mō te iwi. E kore rawa e warewaretia. Noho mai i te korōriatanga o te wāhi ngaro. Haere atu rā ki te kāinga wairua i te rangi, ki ngā mātua tīpuna. Waiho atu mātou ki konei tangi mōteatea ai mō kōrua. Okioki mai rā.

Tātou te kanohi ora, tēnā tātou katoa.

Elsewhere in this issue of TE KARAKA you can read a speech Tā Mark Solomon delivered to a hui on parks and the environment at Te Papa where he talks about the relationship between Ngāi Tahu and the Department of Conservation. As TE KARAKA noted last year, the relationship is often good between individuals on the ground but at a senior level, much work needs to be done. Tā Mark’s speech is a call to action on customary rights.

The exception, as columnist Tom Bennion says, is the Tūhoe agreement on Te Urewera. While the Ngāi Tahu Settlement was the first in modern times to make national park and environmental issues central to redress, as Tom notes, the climate is rapidly changing with recent Treaty settlements.


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Issue 63 published September 2014
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