New boss sees bright fu­ture for iwi

Marlborough Midweek - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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