George Tikao and the History of Ōnuku Marae
George W. Tikao served for many years as the Chairman of Ōnuku Rūnanga. Ōnuku is the birthplace of his mother. His whānau later lived at the kāinga opposite Akaroa called Ōpukutahi. He grew up at Lyttelton and spent time at Ōnuku as a child and teenager.
Whānau asked him to return to Ōnuku to help support the development of the marae especially the building of the wharenui, Karaweko. He served as the Ōnuku Rūnanga representative on the Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu table for many years until his retirement.
Follow the link below to read more about George Tikao and Ōnuku Marae, with information being taken from a recorded interview with George.
Aspects of the land around Ōnuku Marae