Ngā Hau e Whā
From the Editor

Leadership: a word with multiple interpretations. It is both a quality and an action, and something that most of us demonstrate in some aspect of our lives, whether it’s within our whānau, community, or workplace. Growing future leaders has long been a priority for Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu – leaders who are confident in their Ngāi Tahutanga, connected to their communities, and who have had the best of local (and global) opportunities in education and development. In recent years the iwi has developed various initiatives to ensure the future is in good hands, and in this issue of TE KARAKA we shine a spotlight on aspects of tribal leadership.

Te Pōkai Ao (page 8) is an exciting opportunity for rangatahi to engage first-hand with some of the world’s most innovative and successful businesses. Over the past three years more than 100 rangatahi have stepped outside their comfort zone to travel to San Francisco or Hawai’i and participate in this STEAM-focused programme. As you will read, the real impacts of Te Pōkai Ao are just coming to fruition, with alumni like Sam Wixon, who is leading the way in business innovation.

On page 20, kaiwhakahaere Lisa Tumahai talks about the importance of succession planning and shares her vision for not only growing leadership capability, but also opportunities across the iwi, within papatipu rūnanga, and most importantly, at the governance table of Te Rūnanga.

It seems that every day there is a sobering reminder of the need to show leadership of and responsibility for our natural environment, if there is to be a future for the generations that come after us. Lucas Smith is an inspirational young Ngāi Tahu entrepreneur doing just that by helping the planet while healing wounds, with his biodegradable merino plasters and blister protection. You can read his story on page 32.

Meri Kirihimete from TE KARAKA. We wish you a relaxing, safe and fun-filled time with whānau and friends.

Nā Adrienne Anderson Waaka

Editorial Team

Adrienne Anderson Waaka

Anna Brankin
Assistant Editor

Diana Leufkens
Sub Editor

Belinda Leslie
Web Editor


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Issue 84 published December 2019
© Ngāi Tahu Publications Limited
ISSN N0. 1173/6011

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Front Cover
Te Atakura Kapa Haka Festival at Hui-ā-Iwi 2019
Photograph: nā Dean MacKenzie