Ta Mark Solomon on Maori Television


Ta Mark Solomon’s memoir Mana Whakatipu was featured on Te Ao, Maori Television's news bulletin:

‘Everyone has an opinion about Covid-19 and Tā Mark Solomon is no exception.

‘He read a story in his local paper in Christchurch suggesting Māori were getting faster vaccinations than the rest of the country.

‘“Well, interestingly, my Pākehā wife got her notice before I got mine, and I'm older than her,” Solomon says.

‘The former kaiwhakahaere of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu was talking to Te Ao Māori News today as a book about his life Mana Whakatipu, written by journalist Mark Revington was published.

‘The book charts Solomon's journey from freezing worker and foundryman to kaiwhakahaere of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.

‘Solomon was elected as a representative for Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura and subsequently as chairman of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu in 1998, three days before the iwi's Treaty of Waitangi settlement was passed.’

Watch the full interview with Neil Waka here.