New boss sees bright future for iwi
strong, grounded rangatahi who will lead the iwi in the future. Like Nga¯ti Apa in the Rangitı¯kei from whence I come, humility, hard work and pragmatism are key traits I think. I’ve been impressed with the calibre of people within the iwi and look forward to working with them. remember the importance of the area to Ma¯ori historically, Te Tauihu being the gateway to pounamu and other natural resources so when considered in that light it is perhaps unsurprising.
There are probably a similar number of iwi in Te Tai Tokerau which encompasses a smaller geographical area.
Professionally it is to understand fully the aspirations of the iwi by getting out and meeting people, including key people in other iwi organisations. Personally, I am pretty keen to find a good spot to unleash my kontiki fishing torpedo (I hear Rarangi or Waikutakuta/Robin Hood Bay are good) and perhaps do some boat fishing.
Simon Karipa recently moved from Wellington to Marlborough to take up the role of General Manager with the Blenheim-based Ngati Apa ki te Ta Ra To Trust.