From Tā Mark Solomon

Kei a koutou e ngā uri o Tahu Pōtiki, e aku rangatira puta noa, tēnā koutou katoa.

Today I am announcing that I will not seek re-election as the Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Representative for Kaikōura. I appreciate that by the end of this year, this will result in my role as Kaiwhakahaere of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu coming to an end.

With the change in the executive at my rūnanga of Kaikōura over administrative processes and practices, I have considered my position as Kaikōura representative, and I have decided not to seek re-election. I envisage I will remain representative for Kaikōura until later this year when the Kaikōura election process is due to be completed.

I would like to thank my immediate whānau particularly who have always carried the burden of my roles and responsibilities.

I would also like to thank you all for the enormous support you have shown me over the years. I remain committed to Ngāi Tahu and the aspirations you hold for our iwi.

Mō tātou ā mō kā uri ā muri ake nei.