Mō tātou, ā, mō kā uri ā muri ake nei. For us and our children after us.
Tāngata Ngāi Tahu remembers and celebrates the rich and diverse lives of the people of Ngāi Tahu. Spanning time, geography and kaupapa, some fifty biographies bring Ngāi Tahu history into the present. The people in the book have contributed to their iwi, hapū and whānau in myriad ways: here are rangatira and tohunga, community leaders, people who actively drove the Ngāi Tahu Claim forward, activists and scholars, fishermen and farmers, sportspeople, weavers, musicians, and many more. All are descendants of Waitaha, Ngāti Māmoe and Ngāi Tahu; united by whakapapa, they are Tāngata Ngāi Tahu.
Produced by the Ngāi Tahu Archives Team to coincide with the twentieth anniversary of the Ngāi Tahu Deed of Settlement, the book is beautifully and generously illustrated. Hundreds of photographs have been sourced from the Ngāi Tahu archive, external institutions and whānau collections. Together these images constitute a tribal family album that is a taonga tuku iho.
Te Pae Kōrako (the Ngāi Tahu Archive Advisory Committee) has guided this publication, which is intended as the first in a series of biographical volumes. Tāngata Ngāi Tahu/ People of Ngāi Tahu is published by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu with Bridget Williams Books in time for the Ngāi Tahu Hui-ā-Iwi, 24 – 26 November 2017.
Foreword: Sir Tipene O'Regan
Editors: Helen Brown and Takerei Norton