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Ngāi Tahu head Tā Mark Solomon announces end of reign

Published: 7:02PM Thursday April 28, 2016

  •  (Source: YouTube / Ngai Tahu)
    Sir Mark Solomon - Source: YouTube / Ngai Tahu

The head of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu is stepping down.

Tā Mark Solomon has announced he will not be seeking re-election as the representative of his rūnanga, 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."

Sir Mark was first made Kaiwhakahaere of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu in 1998, the year the iwi settled their treaty claim.

Earlier this year he resigned as the chair of his papatipu rūnanga Kaikoura amidst internal friction.