Tā Dr Mark Solomon

  1. My dream for our people is simple: to be culturally strong, healthy and happy. Ngāi Tahu web site.
  2. Māori abuse of children was a learned behavior and was not traditional. 2010 Jigsaw National Conference.
  3. I want to mihi to my relations, particularly the complainants, who are some of the bravest people I know. Ngāi Tahu
  4. Kia ora my mate; Kia ora my cousin. (A popular form of address for Tā Mark)
  5. I have always looked at my journey with Ngai Tahu as a series of accidents. (Ngai Tahu Farewell to Mark).
  6. Overall I loved the job: hated the politics. I think politics is time wasting rubbish. (Native Affairs March 2017)
  7. On this hand I have the hotel food you are offering me. On this hand my wife has a pot of puha on. What do I do?. In reply to Dame Te Atairangikaahu invite for a meal at the Park Royal Hotel Christchurch. (Ngai Tahu Farewell to Mark).
  8. I will look after the kids, you look after the tribe. A comment by Lady Solomon to Mark. (Ngai Tahu Farewell to Mark).
  9. Get out the back, talk to the cooks – that’s when you hear all the issues (Te Karaka March 31, 2017)
  10. To survive in today’s fast-paced world, Māori and the wider community, need to consider a much broader range of ideas about leadership. Leadership to me is about empowering our people – allowing them the space to identify their own needs and the time to come up with their own way of addressing those needs, to improve their lives.  (Te Karaka March 31, 2017)
  11. Leaders need to be able to stride confidently between multiple cultures – leaders who are as confident and comfortable on the global corporate stage as they are on the marae.  (Te Karaka March 31, 2017)
  12. Leadership can be learned and developed through experience. I am an example of that. I wasn’t born to leadership. I had to learn to be a leader as an adult, and in doing so, I often looked back to my uncles and my grandfather – the men I turned to after my father passed away. They had a profound influence on my life. They showed me through example that leadership is all about whānau first.  (Te Karaka March 31, 2017)