HAERE KI O KOUTOU
REWETI TUHOROUTA KOHERE
The Rev. Reweti Tuhorouta Kohere, a leading chief of Ngati-Porou and the last survivor of the original members of the Young Maori Party, died at Te Araroa in August. He was aged 83.
Mr Kohere was a grandson of the Hon. Mokena Kohere, one of the first Maoris to be appointed to the Legislative Council and a stalwart supporter of the British cause.
Mr Kohere was educated at Te Aute College and Canterbury University College and at Te Aute was one of the outstanding young Maori men who later contributed much to the success of the Young Maori Movement, which worked through all agencies for the advancement of the Maori people.
Reweti Kohere taught at several schools, including Te Aute, and was later in charge of the Kawakawa (East Coast) Anglican pastorate. He succeeded Bishop Bennett as editor of Te Pipiwharauroa, later known as Te Toa Takatini, a newspaper regarded as the repository of many gems of Maori literature. He was also the author of several books, including The Story of a Maori Chief (the life of his grandfather), Maori Proverbs and Sayings and his autobiography.
In later life he retired from active work in the Church and settled on his land at East Cape.
One of the oldest of the prominent Maori elders in South Taranaki, Mr Te Raho Te Mutu, died at his home at Ohangai, near Hawera, aged 98.
Mr Te Mutu spent most of his long life in Taranaki and was well known as a leader of the Ngatiruanui tribe. As a young man he became a follower of the two Maori prophets, Tohu and Te Whiti, and he was at Parihaka when the Armed Constabulary marched on the Maori centre to take Te Whiti in 1881.
In his younger days Mr Te Mutu was an athlete and a fine footballer. His other interests included music, and he was secretary of the Ruanui Brass Band, a band of Maori musicians who were well known in Taranaki towards the end of last century.
The death occurred at Middlemore Hospital of Mr Patrick Smyth, who was associated with St. Stephen's, Bombay, a predominately Maori boys' school, for 44 years until he retired from the position of principal. During World War II Mr Smythe was a captain commanding A (Nga Puhi) Company of the Maori Battalion. He was the past secretary of the Akaroa Maori Association which he served for many years.
The death occurred at Tahoraiti of Emeraine Paewae, who was well known to the Maoris of the Dannevirke district as ‘Granny Mamae’ and was believed to be the oldest Maori resident of Hawke's Bay. She was thought to be at least 100 years old, but many Maoris considered her to be 105.
A well-known figure in Dannevirke until she began to suffer failing health about a year ago, ‘Granny Mamae’ will be long remembered by people in the district as a distinguished looking Maori woman of a past generation, white-haired, but erect for all her years. Her descendants are said to number several hundreds.
No te 23 o nga ra o Hurae 1954, ka moe ia i te moengaroa. He hinganga totara Tu i te Waonui o Tane. He rata whakamaru maru ki ona hapu maha i roto o Waikato Maniapoto.
Kua maha ona uri kite ao tata tonu te mau i a ia o te mokopuna tuatoru. He tangata a Tuariri i aroha ina e ona tupuna i roto ia Ngati Tuirirangi Kinohaku, a i te tupuna nui tonu o tenei iwi o Waikato Maniapoto ara a Te Kanawa. Tona kumatua e 86 ona tau a i mate ia ki tona kainga i te Te Kumi station. No reira taku rangatira e Tu, haere atu ki o taua tupuna matua whaea kite urunga pounamu tonga rerewa, o te tapu me te ihi ihi, i te urunga e kore nei e whakakorikoria Haere te whau o Uenuku. Haere atu ki o taua matua.
(na T. T. Poihipi.)