Strong Support for Solomon- The Press03/05/200910/02/2015Richard Parata

 This appeared in "The Press" today 


"Ngai Tahu leader Mark Solomon has strong backing within the tribe despite calls for his resignation, insiders say.

An email petition, initiated by the Awarua runanga in Bluff, said tribal members had lost confidence in Solomon's leadership and called for his dismissal.

However, former Ngai Tahu Holdings Corporation (NTHC) director Richard Parata said yesterday that Solomon had "enormous support" from the Ngai Tahu people and around the board table.

"He's extraordinarily diplomatic.

"He's got one of the sharpest minds I have come across," Parata said.

"Maoridom tends to be attracted to heroic figures. What Mark is a consensus person.

"I think there's a conspiracy to take control of the tribe, and the people behind it see him as a barrier to that."

Awarua chairwoman Hana Morgan would not comment on the petition calling for Solomon's dismissal, saying it was an internal issue.

The petition follows an email from Martin Solomon and his sister, Hariata Manawatu, Solomon's aunt and uncle, calling on him to step down.

Solomon's position is likely to be discussed at his Kaikoura runanga's monthly meeting on March 15.

Meanwhile, Rapaki Tront representative Donald Couch was voted off the board at a special meeting last month.

Couch is in Canada and could not be reached for comment, but Parata said the method for voting him off was unconstitutional."