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No. 11 (July 1955)
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HORI TANA REWI MANIAPOTO

Hori Tana Rewi Maniapoto, aged 83, died at Otorohanga last February. Known also as George Turner, he was the adopted son of the famous Rewi Maniapoto to whom he was related.

His talent was oratory and his mission in life the advancement of his race. Until recently, he would travel through the country alone to speak on Maori questions. He would appear suddenly in some isolated district, address the people, then disappear to turn up several days later in a place hundreds of miles away.

He was one of the leading figures in the establishment of the Tainui Trust Board. In his earlier days he fought for the continued prohibition of liquor from the King Country, but in recent years he came to believe that this state was retarding the country.

HENARE KIMA TAHIWI

The death occurred at Otaki of Henare Kima Tahiwi, a leading Maori who contributed to many good causes. He was aged 69.

Mr Tahiwi was a veteran of World War I, and was a prominent sportsman and a talented singer and musician.

He was a son of Rota Rawiri Tahiwi, of Otaki, and was descended through his father from Ngati Raukawa, and through his mother from Te Arawa.

His family was known throughout the country as singers. Much of their repertoire, including items composed by the late Kingi Tahiwi, Henare Tahiwi's elder brother was recorded.

HOKI TE KEREKAU MURRAY

The death occurred at Te Puna of Hoki Te Kerekau Murray, a chieftainess of the Pirirakau tribe. She was aged 90.

The chieftainess retained all her faculties and enjoyed good health until her death. She retained vivid impressions of episodes of her childhood, and was highly regarded as an authority on Maori folklore and legend.

WHARE MAHITI HOTU

A chief of the Maniapoto tribe and one of the most noted authorities on Maori genealogy, Whare Mahiti Hotu, of Oparura, died recently, aged 89.

Born early in the Maori wars near Te Kuiti, Mr Hotu became a disciple of Te Whiti in the Parihaka episode in 1881, and later took part in a raid on Te Kuiti's first store.

Mr Hotu was a fine orator in Maori and was an authority on land titles. He was awarded the O.B.E. in 1952 for his work among the Maori people.

TUKITERANGI KIO RAWIRI

Tukiterangi Kio Rawiri, 90 years of age, died at Te Waharoa, Central Waikato, last March. He was a well-known elder and leader of Ngati Haua. In recent years he became deeply religious and a few days before his death he said at a gathering at Waharoa Pa: ‘The Gospel of Jesus Christ is still the only hope to uplift the Maori people.’

TURU HIROTI

A Maori Justice of the Peace, Turu Hiroti, collapsed and died at a Woodville race meeting in January. He was aged 69.

Mr Hiroti, who lived at Whangaehu, was one of the few Maori J.P.s in New Zealand. He was also a member of the administrative body of the Ratana Pa.

He served in the army during World War I, rising to the rank of captain. He was awarded the Military Cross and was mentioned in dispatches.

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