HAERE KI O KOUTOU
TE PAIRI TU TERANGI
Te Pairi Tu Terangi, last of the old-time chiefs and tohunga of the Tuhoe tribe, died in his mountain village Tanatana, last November. He belonged to the Ngati Haka subtribe of Tuhoe and was a direct descendant of the famous chief Pukeko. His life is described by Elsdon Craig elsewhere in this issue.
Temuera Leslie Morrison passed away at Ohinemutu last December at 46 years of age. He had been closely associated with the rebuilding of Tamatekapua meeting house and with Maori land development in his district. He was a field officer of the Department of Maori Affairs. He was also well-known as a Rugby footballer.
Toroa Ngatauerua died at Manaia last January, at the age of 74. He was deeply versed in ancient lore and ritual and had spent his youthful years at Parihaka studying under the prophets Te Whiti and Tohu. He was a son of Te Tutu and Erana. In later years, he became a devout Roman Catholic.
MRS MERE MOREHU
Mrs Mere Morehu, one of the best-known women of the Arawa tribe, died last December, aged 74. Her husband was the late Mr Morehu Te Kirikau, one of the outstanding leaders of his tribe.
Mrs Morehu had a wide knowledge of Maori tradition and was unsurpassed in her knowledge and performance of songs and chants. She was a foundation member and former president of the Maori Health League.
MRS HOKI MURRAY
Mrs Hoki Te Kerekau Murray, chieftainess of the Pirirakau tribe, died at Te Puna last January at the age of 90. She was a daughter of Te Kerekau Maungapohatau and a granddaughter of Te Ua Maungapohatau, the great Takitimu chief. Mrs Murray was highly regarded as an authority on Maori history.
WHARE MAHIHI HOTU
Whare Hahihi Hotu of Oparure, paramount chief of Ngati Maniapoto, died last December at the age of 89 years. He was one of the greatest authorities on Maori genealogy. For his work as leader of the Maniapoto tribe he was awarded the O.B.E. He was a direct descendant of Wetene and his father was Hotu Waikato, one of the chief figures in the early King movement. Mr Whare Hotu was a strong supporter of the King movement throughout his lifetime.
MRS MAORA KONATU
The death occurred at Paremata, Tolaga Bay, of Mrs Maora Konatu, who was believed by her descendants to be 108.
Mrs Konatu was born at Maungatuna, East Coast, and in her youth she was a notable horse woman and a particularly talented singer of Maori songs. She retained all her faculties till her death and had vivid memories of the early history of the East Coast.
Sergeant George Nepia, eldest son of the famous Maori rugby fullback, was killed in an accident in Malaya. He was one of several New Zealand Army officers and n.c.o.s serving with the Fiji Battalion in Malaya.
Sergeant Nepia was born at Rangitukia, where his father farms. After taking a special course at Waiouru he left New Zealand for Malaya.
Sergeant Nepia was buried with full military honours at the military cemetery at Singapore.
W. W. BIRD
A widely-known educationist and authority on the Maori language, Mr W. W. Bird, died in Auckland, at the age of 84.
While still a young man, Mr Bird wa Inspector of Native Schools, and he was late Chief Inspector of Primary Schools and Direct of Native Education.
He always showed an enthusiastic interest in the Maori people, among whom he earned the affectionate title, “Manu”.