MRS RIPEKA HALBERT
The death occurred recently of a well-known personality in the Gisborne district, Mrs Ripeka Halbert, the last survivor of a group of women who had a great influence in religious and social work for the Maori race. She was 88.
Mrs Halbert was a daughter of the well-known chief Wi Paraone. She was a staunch worker for the Church of England, and was a second mother to students at Te Rau Theological College, Gisborne. During the First World War she helped Lady Carroll to care for Maori soldiers both at home and abroad.