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No. 8 (Winter 1954)
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The death occurred at his home at Waihi. Tokaanu, of Werihe Te Turiri, a leading chief of the Ngati Tuwharetoa.

The deceased was looked upon as a leader of importance and a great stimulator of intertribal unity. For many years he was chairman of the Tuwharetoa Maori Trust Board. His father, Turiri Te Tomo, was a brother of the late Taite Te Tomo, M.P.

Werihe Te Turiri was a grandson of Te Heuheu Patatai, also know as Horonuku, paramount chief of Ngati Tuwharetoa and donor to the people of New Zealand of the three mountains Tongariro, Ngauruhoe, and Ruapehu, comprising some 6,000 acres.


The death occurred (in May) of Hera Herangi, sister of the late Princess Te Puea Herangi, and grand-daughter of Tawhiao, the second Maori king.

Hera Herangi was of high rank among the Tainui people. She was the daughter of Te Tahuna Herangi and Tiahuia, the only daughter of King Tawhiao, and was the last of their surviving children.

The chieftainess was a Maori of the old school, who observed the customs of her people and spoke no English. In her young days she was regarded as one of the most beautiful women among the Maori nobility. She is survived by her third husband, Whetu Kingi.


After a long illness, the death occurred at Waiomatatini, Ruatoria, of Renata Ngata, the last surviving brother of the late Sir Apirana Ngata. He was Sir Apirana's only full brother.

Renata Ngata belonged to the Whanau a Te Ao, Ngati Rangi, and Whanau a Karuai hapus of Ngati-Porou. Like his father, Paratene Ngata, he was a well-known figure in former days in the Maori Land Courts, and an acknowledged authority on tribal history.

Renata Ngata is survived by his widow. Though they had no children of their own, they brought up a number of relatives, including their nephew, Mr W. T. Ngata, of the Department of Maori Affairs.


The death occurred recently of Pikau Pokau, chief of the Ngati Ruanui, and personal friend of the whole of the Taranaki people. He was the son of Maraea and Pokau Ngahina.

Pikau Pokau worked for the benefit of both Maori and pakeha—socially and spiritually. He was the local warden, member of the rehabilition committee, president of the Ngati Ruanui Tahua under the Taranaki Maori Trust Board, president of the Taiporohenui Tennis Club and one of the trustees of the Taiporohenui, Manutahi, Waioturi and Whenuakura Pas.

He is survived by his widow, Rangitutea, daughter of Tungatata Ratahi.


The death occurred in Christchurch of Mr Ihakara Wiremu Karaitiana who was a leading Maori chieftain in the Wairarapa-Hawke's Bay district. He was aged 82.

Mr Karaitiana traced his descent from the founder of the Ngati-Kahungunu. The last surviving son of Te Komihana and Matoria Wi Kingi Karaitiana Te Koroi, he married Ruiha Titapu Taituha, a chieftainess of the Rangiamoa.


The death occurred at Ngunguru, near Whangarei, of Mrs Margaret R. Wellington, who through ancestral genealogy was connected with most of the principal sub-tribes of Northland. She was 87.

Born at Mokau, Whangaruru, the daughter of Henare Kaupeka and Rora Piripi (Phillips) Mrs Wellington married Thomas Stewart Haehae Wellington, a descendant of the paramount chiefs of the Ngatiwai sub-tribe. She had a family of 14, of whom eight survive her.


The death occurred at Masterton of Mr Tioirangi (Joe) Paku. He was 63.

Mr Paku was an authority on the early history of the Maori in the Wairarapa, and he took a prominent part in the affairs of the Anglican Church. He donated the land and offered trees from his farm for timber for the erection of a proposed Maori church in Masterton.