Message from the Kaiwhakahaere

Mark SolomonKei aku nui, kei aku rahi,
kei aku whakatamarahi ki te Raki.
Ko te Ika-nui ka riro rā.

It is with much sadness that we as Ngāi Tahu Whānui saw another leak of largely inaccurate information to the media last weekend.  This behaviour is unacceptable and untenable and I will be working with your Representatives to consider what we can do collectively to address these behaviours.

I think it is vitally important that Te Rūnanga comes together in October to discuss the options we should take to prevent the leak of confidential information and we are able to report to Ngāi Tahu Whānui in an appropriate forum what steps we have taken to dissuade this kind of behaviour.

This sort of behaviour undermines who-ever is in the role of Kaiwhakahaere and the integrity of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.

Ngāi Tahu Whānui have known since I announced in April that I will step down as Kaiwhakahaere.

There was no big announcement to be made as misrepresented in the media article – there will of course be updates on the process including timeframes as those are formalised and confirmed.

On behalf of the Representatives of Te Rūnanga and as your Kaiwhakahaere, I am very sorry that this has happened. You are welcome to contact me directly or your Representative.