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.