Solomon: the 50 year old who thinks he’s a young person

Solomon: Crook & liar attempting to make a comeback

Shane Solomon, Turangawaewae Marae candidate for Te Kauhanganui position. One of Tuku’s buddies trying to resurrect himself on the tribal political scene:

  • Eccentric, unstable, and a failed businessman. He is known as Tainui’s broke entreprenure who is constantly living on the brink of bankruptcy.
  • In his last term on Te Arataura, Solomon led the fake restructuring of the organization along with Rukumoana Shaffhousen. On Tuku’s orders the sole aim of the restructuring was to have the former CEO, Hemi Rau, sacked. Rau proved this and it cost the tribe plenty. The fake restructure cost the tribe $500,000 and in addition, they had to compenstae Rau out of court.
  • An alcoholic living in his own world of make believe, whose body reeks of booze so badly that it’s said that being seated next to Solomon in a vehicle is akin to torture of the senses.
  • Consistantly voted against Marae directives eg. Solomon was instructed by the Turangawaewae marae committee to vote against the aforementioned restructure, he and Pare Panapa went their own crooked way and voted FOR it.

It’s obvious that planting Solomon is a desperate move by Tuku Morgan to seed Te Kauhanganui with crooks that he can depend on. As a “Rangatahi” representative. What a crock!

Our advice to Turangawaewae is don’t!

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26 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ezekiel
    Oct 30, 2011 @ 03:33:02

    Yes it is most unfortunate that Shane is still wanting back in despite his involvement in the things mentioned above, in all fairness to Shane however, I think he is still useful to his people, though not necessarily in a tribal political or executive fforum. He remains legally savvy and in fact has been heard to offer workshops to his marae which is fantastic, thats where I think he should focus his efforts. Kia kaha Shane.

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  2. Tainui on the Web. Eraka's Blog
    Oct 30, 2011 @ 06:23:32

    Solomon is a 50 year old lawyer who put his name up for nomination as Turangawaewae’s rangatahi representative is a deliberate and a very arrogant move. This tribe can do better than have a person like that on Te Kauhanganui.

    Along with Jeff Green and others, Solomon was one of the major architects of Tainui’s near total financial self destruction of 1999.

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  3. whanau observer
    Oct 30, 2011 @ 10:46:15

    Turangawaewae has some 3,000 or more registered beneficiaries. The voting age begins at 18 years. At this election there was only one eligible candidate who fit the criteria for rangatahi. Four eligible candidates fit the criteria for Marae reps. Two candidates fit the criteria for kaumatua. However, their Marae committees’ decision making was less than robust.

    They chose to open up all the positions to a number of candidates irrespective of their age. The outcome was less than satisfactory. The rangatahi position went to an individual who applied for both the rangatahi and Marae rep roles.

    The only eligible candidate for the rangatahi role lost. In my opinion – the Marae committee members and scrutineers’ were too lax with the rules. In the end it was a Marae committee member a “pakeke” who won the rangatahi role. I think this is a conflict of interest – this individual should resign and the position given as of right to the only rangatahi who put their name forward…

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  4. Piki Haere
    Oct 31, 2011 @ 05:20:27

    interesting observations whanau observer. I have the following questions for you. firstly, where is the criteria for rangatahi? is it written down somewhere? secondly, where are the rules you are talking about? where does it say that a person cannot stand for more than one position? thirdly, how is there a conflict of interest? I think you will find the majority of the reps in the TKN have multiple roles on the marae as well – whether as ringawera, paepae, committee member or whatever. how is there a conflict?

    Turangawaewae Marae ran a robust and transparent process for our TKN elections. if you disagree and you are of our Marae, come along to our committee hui on 9 November and make a real contribution. if you are not from Turangawaewae, then we respectfully ask that you take your ihu out of our business and off this site. kia ora.

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    • whanau observer
      Oct 31, 2011 @ 08:57:28

      Kia ora Piki Haere, in response to your questions the answer remains the same. A rangatahi role went to a pakeke over the “only eligible rangatahi candidate” – that is the conflict of interest. Further; wise Kaumatua do not apply for rangatahi positions, wise pakeke do not apply for rangatahi positions, wise rangatahi do not apply for kaumatua roles etc.

      It is in voicing ones concerns/opinions openly – that we as whanau are able to make informed decisions so our iwi as a united collective can solve the current/future dilemmas’ we find ourselves in. We must advocate freedom of speech without hindrance and raise issues/ offer solutions which may be of value in moving all of us forward.

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  5. Takutai
    Oct 31, 2011 @ 13:45:50

    Unfortunately for turangawaewae there are no other candidates nominated for the position of rangatahi rep i agree with Piki Haere go to the meeting and voice your opinion,this is a matter of going with what you got. it is obvious you are not from TWW or you would have nominated your self or a family member for the position Your Knowledge surely would be better kept rather than wasting time on a personal vendetta

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    • whanau observer
      Oct 31, 2011 @ 15:55:37

      Kia ora Takutai, I recall our previous conversation still requires a reply as to what you would do to resolve the issues you raised – so where are your solutions???? Let’s examine your solutions to begin with; then we can move on to discuss your current korero.

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      • Takutai
        Nov 05, 2011 @ 19:45:52

        I had an opinion and questions for you not a solution and my opinion is this take your issues to the,Tainui Radio, Maori TV, Poukai and Marae Hui all around not everyone has a nett.Address the people face to face before you go to the courts or to Parliament, My question is this, what are you going to do if you get your way and people in Arataura are sacked are you going to create a better future for our people or are you going to continue in the same manner as those whom you strongly protest and slander against. “Greed and Corruption” i know the best protesters who have fallen to it. And secondly dose’nt this involve all of Tainui and not just those who have a solution of there own in regards to making vital dicisions for the iwi like writting lettters to the Priminister hah thats a joke

      • whanau observer
        Nov 06, 2011 @ 11:25:35

        Kia Ora Takutai, I see (you-we) already have the tools to help (your-our) iwi plan for a better future (you -all of us) should step up and take responsibility for those areas (you-we) can have the most influence in. In other words Takutai, together (your-our) voices and (your-our) actions will make a difference for the better. Here’s a lesson, the truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end there it is. Just Do it!

      • Takutai
        Nov 07, 2011 @ 14:47:03

        There is a action plan in motion and it dosent involve using pictures of tamariki to promote slander Propagation was a vital tool of the nazi’s back in WWII its sad that it is still a tool of today. You constantly outline all the negative’s with in and it feels to me that you may lack the positive insight to create better opputunities for people of Tainui to grow together My name is Takutai what is yours hows that for (you me)

  6. Mana Up
    Oct 31, 2011 @ 14:09:15

    My understanding is that the rangatahi rep is there to represent the views of Turangawaewae rangatahi, likewise the marae rep for Pakeke and Kaumatua rep for Kaumatua, combined they represent “all the whanau of this marae” inclusive of tamariki amd mokopuna. It seems it was a case of whoever puts themselves forward regardless of age. What it does say though is that both Shane and the rangatahi rep was dead keen on getting in.

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    • whanau observer
      Nov 01, 2011 @ 05:04:24

      Kia ora Mana up, in addition to your korero everyone should be aware that as a people of the current generation, Turangawaewae have just demonstrated how to disempower the voice of our rangatah. In the same fashion it’s no coincidence that the voices of the people have been disempowered at the Marae / Te Kauhanganui / Te Arataura levels.

      I’m in agreement that there’s a small faction of savvy individuals seeking to advance their own personal agendas to the detriment of our iwi’s health and wealth.

      It’s the way in which people are choosing to interpret the rules to fit the moment rather than maintain robust across-the board administrative practices….. That’s where the threads of stability have unraveled. In the vacuum we see how individuals justify their right to usurp the voice and vote of others. Erakas blog on Solomons topic rightfully pin-points what’s going on.

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      • whanau observer
        Nov 02, 2011 @ 07:21:28

        Kia ora whanau, in support of the rangatahi candidate of Turangawaewae it’s your day to shine an opportunity presents itself. Courage is the first of all human qualities because it’s the quality that guarantees all others.

        It’s up to you to pursue your aspirations/dreams to make a difference. It’s been mentioned you recalled some people showed disinterest at the Kauhanganui meetings you attended! Now’s the time to step up. Write a letter/email of complaint to your committee and CC your facilitator…makes it official kia kaha rangatahi.

  7. Ahika o waikato
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 07:25:11

    I remember a couple years back shane lost his bid to represent turangawaewae and then ran down to our marae hora-hora and tried to get elected but to no avail.As I have learnt, like shane many of our people clearly appear to manipulate whakapapa for their own financial gain or benifits and not our children which is the greatest sin in any culture.unless our king speaks up for our people and leads naturally as sovereign head in right of new-zealand we will always have tukus corporate regime in charge on the other hand maybe our king likes to be under the corporate umbrella enabling the nz govt to process tangata whenua(natural born entities) as corporate entities.I pray our king searches his heart, at the least for our children which would be the most in my eyes.

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    • whanau observer
      Nov 06, 2011 @ 11:39:16

      Tena koe Ahika o Waikato, it would be good for Kingii Tuheitia to show some level of diplomacy. The King has to win our respect and a place (Te kokona ngakau) in the cornerstone of our hearts in the same way his Mum and Dad did. The King could do this by working with the people, listening to the groundswell of what we are saying – and not ignoring us. He does need to step up to maintain the mana – to lead by example when it’s called for, to show us he has the maturity and mastery to lead us in the 21st Century.
      There are some Maori speaking in public forums labeling those of us who’ve completed our Treaty Settlement the new war-lords of the corporate world. In our own backyard our whanau spin a line to try and con us all into believing its ok to silence the voice and vote of our rangatahi, pakeke, and kaumatua.
      Well, Ahika o Waikato in my view of what’s going on (wrong) at the whanau, hapu and iwi levels is not ok – and it’s not acceptable. Together we must all speak up. He piko he taniwharau – the Waikato river boundaries have many chiefs these voices haven’t been formally recognised to date; they’ve been left out of the mix. In the void the taniwhas’ presence is felt but there’s no place for the taniwha to stand.
      In the new formula we should reconfigure all current structures to include our chieftain lines. The English model has a Head of State, the House of Lords, House of Commons so too, the American model has the President, House of Representatives, the Senate. These models have fixed moderation and emergency veto powers (can also be used conclusively- the outcome must ensure it’s in the best interest of the people).

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  8. TANIWHA REBEL
    Nov 19, 2011 @ 17:25:39

    KIA ORA, IM HAPPY WITH OUR TYY REPS SELLECTED, I HAVE NO NEGATIVES ABOUT THEM, IM HAPPY THAT THERE FRESH FACES TO REP. OUR MARAE.. THEE ONLY NEGATIVE THING IS THAT OUR MARAE HAS OVER 3000 REGISTERED. MORE THAN ALL OUR MARAE O TAINUI. AND HOW MANY SHOW UP A FEW HUNDRED. OUR WHANAU THAT DONT SHOW UP OR ARNT HERE ANYMORE, I FEEL THEY DON’T GIVE A SHIT. WHY. WHAT YOU THINK? NO 1 DOES THE DEEDS, NO 1 GETS ANYTHING OUT OF IT, AND ITS A WASTE OF TIME, I ONLY HOPE THAT OUR REPS NOW CAN SEE THIS AND DO SOMETHING POSITIVE, SO THAT ALL WHO ARE MISSING COME HOME.. TYY COMMITTEE NEEDS TO LOOK AT THIS MATTER ASWEL.. KIA ORA

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  9. Ezekiel
    Nov 20, 2011 @ 05:43:09

    Kia ora Taniwha Rebel – tautoko tana korero engari, let’s get some perspective on the lack of returning TYY whanau members. There are many (valid & invalid) reasons why whanau do not/have not come back to the marae. I am aware as far as my own whanau, whanaunga & TYY acquaintances are concerned of the following
    (1) The financial cost of returning home (from overseas esp) is beyond their reach, thus coming back to the marae is limited to significant occasions only
    (2) as with #1, they have made their homes & raised their families overseas & in other parts of the country & that becomes the bases of their energies & priority, even though the marae still remains strong in their hearts
    (3) some have had some very negative experiences @ the marae thus putting them off returning or participating
    (4) many are also attached to other marae (not solely TYY) as well as have membership in established groups overseas & nationally, but remain loyal & actively involved in Kingitanga kaupapa
    (5) some whanau are struggling to recall and/or fully understand the value of toku Turangawaewae, whanaungatanga, kotahitanga & mana motuhake because of limited awareness of what (this) marae (should) mean to them.
    (6) some whanau are badly affected by mental, physical and emotional illness that they cannot?? function effectively outside of their home or setting – nevertheless the responsibility falls on other whanau members to maintain links with the marae.
    (7) the push to get people enrolled onto the benroll saw an emergence of names & whanau not necessarily seen or heard of by (some TYY whanau) & probably won’t ever see.
    (8) Finally……some are just not in that zone – and as you rightly put it…don’t give a shit!! Heoi ano, let’s be grateful for this those who do show up & mahi.

    Araa, ka mahi au, ka inoi au, ka moe au, ka mahi ano. Pai Marire

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  10. Piki Haere
    Nov 22, 2011 @ 04:10:27

    its Turangawaewae not TYY and if you too lazy to type the whole thing TWW is preferred. kia ora

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  11. TANIWHA REBEL
    Nov 22, 2011 @ 08:00:14

    THATS KWL PIKI JUST MENTIONED IT TO MILLIONS THAT SPELLS IT THAT WAYZ.. ILL PUT WHAT I WANT.. TXTING HAS TAKEN OVER NOW LOL! ITS UNDERSTOOD BETTER THAN TWW..

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  12. Mana Up
    Nov 22, 2011 @ 13:32:43

    @ Piki Haere – Lazy, hazy, crazy…is that the best you can come up with!! Txt spk is th nw langge my dear, itz nt 2 evry1’s tst bt it’s hea nunthless!

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  13. Tainui on the Web. Eraka's Blog
    Nov 22, 2011 @ 16:40:49

    Hmm I always found TYY a kind of clever way of shortening it. As with TWW, we all know what you are talking about either way!

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  14. TANIWHA REBEL
    Nov 23, 2011 @ 10:20:41

    THATS RITE PIKS.. AND I SEE YOU SPELL TXT WAYZ SO WHO’S LAZY? HAAAA.. LTS NOT HAVE DOMISTICS OVER THIS ITS NOT IMPORTANT.. GET BACK TO THE TOPIC ABOVE. KIA ORA!

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  15. Marc
    Nov 30, 2011 @ 13:00:14

    Kia ora whanau,

    Firstly, a BIG SHOUT OUT to all the whanau who attended the ‘Tikanga and Kawa wananga’ at the Pa this Sunday.

    A special thanks to our kaumatua who made themselves available to lead this wananga.

    The feedback I have received has been very positive and many have commented on the open and frank discussions, that bought about helpful resolutions to clarify what and how we do things at our marae.

    We are looking forward to more of these in the near future.

    Secondly, thank you to those who were instrumental in organising the wananga and our very successful ‘Xmas @ the Park’.

    Thank you to the ‘Power pulling’ whanau who bought their machine and put the teams through their paces.

    It was awesome to be able to spend some quality time with our Turangawaewae whanau and also to acknowledge all the hard work the whanau have contributed to the Pa throughout the past year.

    Most of you will know that our marae is ‘CLOSED’ until the end of January 2012, except for tangihanga of course.

    Here are the final Turangawaewae marae hui and events to note for 2011:

    TONIGHT 30th Nov – TURANGAWAEWAE RLSCC AGM, 6 PM AT CLUBROOMS.

    Friday 2nd Dec – TPM Regional kappa haka final noho @ Waingaro marae, till 1pm Sunday 4th.

    Saturday 3rd Dec – Waka Ama Regionals @ Puketerini near Huntly – see attachment for more details.

    For most of us the ‘Silly Season’ will have begun, so just a reminder to be safe, stay healthy and spend lots of time with those you love over the Christmas break.

    Rire, rire, hau Paimarire…………

    Mereaina Herangi

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    • TANIWHA REBEL
      Dec 02, 2011 @ 08:12:21

      THANX FOR THAT MEREAINA. BUT HEY! HOW MANY KNEW ABOUT THE HUI, TAINUI GAMES REGISTERING & XMAS IN THE PARK? A BIT TO LATE TO BE TOLD ACTUALLY.. WHERE’S THE COMMUNICATION WITHIN THIS MARAE. TOTTALLY POOR.. I SAY TAINUI NEED TO BUY ALL REGISTERED HOUSEHOLDS A DAM COMPUTER.. ITS THEE ONLY WAYZ TO FIND OUT THESE DAYS.. NO MORE HOUSE CONTACTS, OR RING UPS, OR MAILS IN THE BOX. NOT GOOD AT ALL.. JUMP ON A COMPUTER EVERYONES KNOWS IT ALL.. AND NOT EVERYONES HAS THIS. BUILD A GOOD COMMUNICATION UP AGAIN AND THEN PEOPLE MAY COME TO THE MARAE TYY

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  16. one
    Dec 04, 2011 @ 06:40:28

    I agree..

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  17. TAINUI_BULL
    Jan 29, 2012 @ 04:35:57

    NEK MINNIT

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