HAERE KI O KOUTOU
The death of Queen Mary, in March, brought to a close the long life of a beloved and venerated lady who was the widow of one British king, the mother of two others, and the grandmother of our present Queen Elizabeth. She was aged 85.
Queen Mary's death is mourned by the Maori people, in whose affections she had a special place—after her visit to New Zealand as Duchess of Cornwall and York in 1901, when she was given a great reception at a gathering of the tribes at Rotorua.
MRS RIPEKA WHARAWHARA LOVE, O.B.E.
One of the best-known Maoris in the Wellington district, Mrs Ripeka Wharawhara Love, O.B.E., died at Lower Hutt, aged 70. She was the widow of Mr Wi Hapi Love, O.B.E., who died last August. One of their sons was Lieutenant-Colonel E. T. W. Love, the first commander of the Maori Battalion, who died at El Alamein during World War II.
Mrs Love was born on Kapiti Island, the daughter of Matene Tauwhare, a chief of Te Ati Awa, and Anehaka Tauwhare, who was a daughter of Mr Robert Park, the New Zealand Company's surveyor, and his wife Terenui, a chieftainess of Ngarauru, in Taranaki.
During the First World War she was a worker for Lady Pomare's Maori Soldiers' Committee, and received the O.B.E. for her services. Her husband received a similar decoration in 1949.
Mrs Love was a prominent figure in Church of England affairs, and for many years services for the Maori community were held in her home.
MRS MAMAE MOKE PUMIPI
Mrs Mamae Moke Pumipi, a chieftainess of the Kawhia Maoris, died at Opara, Kawhia, aged 88. A daughter, Mrs Parekuku Manawaiti, died two days before. Both were direct descendants of Hoturoa, captain of the Tainui canoe.
The chieftainess was the only daughter of Te Aomangi and Hone Kaora, chief and chieftainess of the Ngati-hikairo and Ngati-puhiawe. She was a direct descendant of the four principal ancestors of the Waikato Maoris—Rangihoto Whare, Hourua, and Tapaue—and was connected with all the sub-tribes of the Waikato.
Mrs Pumipi had a thorough knowledge of the history of Kawhia, and could recite from memory more than 200 Maori laments and many incantations. More than 20 of these have been recorded by her son, the Rev Percy Moke, of the Wesleyan Church, New Plymouth.
MR CHARLES TAMANUIARANGI TIKAO
The senior member of a leading South Island Maori family, and chairman of the Ngai-Tahu Trust Board, Mr John Charles Tamanuiarangi Tikao, died at Christchurch. He was 62.
Mr Tikao held the rank of captain with the Maoris in the First World War, and during the Second World War he was an instructor with the Royal New Zealand Air Force.
Tikao Bay, on Banks Peninsula, is named after the family which in early days played a prominent part in the history of that district.
MR TE RAUPARAHA WI NEERA
A direct descendant of the famous Ngati-Toa warrior, Te Rauparaha, Mr Te Rauparaha Wi Neera died at Wellington at the age of 58.
MR TANE (DAN) HOPA
A veteran of the First World War, Mr Tane (Dan) Hopa, of Porirua, died at Wellington. He had a fine baritone voice, and was a well-known and popular entertainer in Wellington.
HAERE E KORO MA, E KUI MA, HAERE KI O KOUTOU TUPUNA I TE PO, HAERE KI TE KAINGA TUARUA O TE TANGATA.