Tuesday, 3 November 2009


The Herald today covered the ascent of Wally Stone to Te runanga o Ngai Tahu...

His words have a quiet humility about them.

He said senior kaumatua and family had persuaded him to stand. "The thing is I know it's difficult for people. They think, 'If you've been treated badly, why would you go back and do it again?' But your family is your family, and if you're in a position to do something for them you should."

Asked if there was a chance that factionalism could hamstring the board during his three-year term, Mr Stone said that was an outcome no one wanted.

"As long as people park their ego at the door and remind themselves that they are representing the aspirations of the people there shouldn't be a problem."

Yip we agree - egos at the door. Welcome home Wally.

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