Richard Bradley was born in the Wairau (Blenheim) and is of Rangitāne, Ngāti Kuia, and
Ngāti Apa descent.
As a student of senior Wairau kaumatua, he gained firsthand knowledge of the customs, traditions, and beliefs of the indigenous people of the northern South Island.
Over the past two and half decades Richard has been heavily involved in the political life of Rangitāne, having had lead roles in issues such as the Seabed and Foreshore claim and the
Maori Commercial Aquaculture claim, all of which were settled in 2008.
He was also a lead negotiator for the three Kurahaupo iwi, whose long standing claims were finally settled in 2014.
Richard was instrumental in securing the repatriation of kōiwi tangata to the Wairau Bar in 2009. This action created the opportunity for a programme of scientific research by the University of Otago that in turn led to new insights into the health and lifestyles of the nation’s first people.
Dr Peter Meihana
Peter Meihana was born in the Wairau (Blenheim) and is of Ngāti Kuia, Rangitāne, Ngāti
Apa, and Ngai Tahu descendent.
He is a former trustee of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Kuia and sits on a number of committees for both Ngāti Kuia and Ngāti Apa.
Peter teaches history in the School of Humanities, Massey University. Peter’s doctoral research examined the ‘idea’ of Maori privilege and its role in the colonisation of Aotearoa-New Zealand.
More recently, he has published chapters on the Kurahaupō Treaty of Waitangi settlement and the alienation of Ngāti Kuia’s mutton bird harvesting rights.