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From the editor
As this issue went to print, we learned of Ngāi Tahu being honoured on national stages. Congratulations are due to Huhana Morgan, known to many of us as Hana, who has been recognised for her lifetime of service to Māori arts. Hana (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Māmoe, Waitaha, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Awa), who is chair of Te Rūnaka o Awarua, began to weave when she was eight and is passionate about sharing her knowledge with others. She was among five kaumātua and kuia honoured with Ngā Tohu ā Tā Kingi Ihaka by Creative New Zealand. Hana was born in Bluff but raised among her mother’s people in Whakarewarewa.
And sharing national acclaim are Paulette Tamati-Elliffe and her partner Komene Cassidy, who were presented with the highest community award at the 2015 Ngā Tohu Reo Māori awards. They are the first Te Waipounamu residents to win the Ngā Tohu Reo Māori award for Te Tira Aumangea (being great ambassadors for te reo Māori).
Paulette (Kāi Tahu – Kāi Te Pahi, Kāi Te Ruahikihiki, Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Mutunga), is programme leader of Kotahi Mano Kāika, the Ngāi Tahu language revitalisation programme. She and Komene, both second language learners who have graduated from Te Panekiretanga o Te Reo Māori (the Institute of Excellence in the Māori Language), have raised their boys to be native Māori speakers.
As I have said previously, it is important to celebrate te reo Māori champions. Te reo is a fundamental part of being Māori and being Ngāi Tahu, and those recognised at the awards are meeting the challenge of keeping te reo alive.
Elsewhere we profile Sid Ashton, the gentlemanly first chief executive of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, legendary educator Denise Sheat, and Tasman Gillies, a third generation tangata tiaki. We feature an essay on the state of Māori leadership in the 21st century, and a photo essay from Hui-ā-Iwi.
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Issue 68 published December 2015
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ISSN N0. 1173/6011
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The stunning image on the front cover of this issue was shot by Shar Devine, whose work you can find all through this issue.