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No. 13 (December 1955)
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Mr Whare Mika has died at the age of 62. For the last 21 years he was chief guide at Wairakei.

There he guided thousands of people over Geyser Valley, including many noted overseas visitors.

Before going to Wairakei he was for 15 years with the Maori Land Board office in various parts of the North Island.

He was a prominent member of the Tuhourangi sub-tribe of Te Arawa. He served with the Maori Battalion during World War I.


A prominent member of the Ngati Kahungunu tribe, Mr Hirini Whaanga Christy, of Nuhaka, died recently, aged 73.

On the arrival of the Mormons at Nuhaka, Mr Christy accepted that faith, later going to Salt Lake City in the United States, where he studied. While there he married a member of the Nga Puhi tribe.

Mr Christy played a prominent part in the progress of his district.

He is survived by his wife and a large family.


Mrs Te Akau Kiwha, of Puha, Gisborne, has died. During her life Mrs Kiwha devoted much time and effort to the encouragement of Maori culture.

Mrs Kiwha was the youngest daughter of Mrs and the late Mr Mahaki Brown, well-known residents of the district. She married Mr Kerepori Kiwha, better known as Kelly Kiwha, who was killed in action while serving with the Maori Battalion during the Second World War.

She is survived by three daughters and one son. Her mother also survives her.


The Rev Hapeta Renata died at his home at Kaeo, in his 90th year. Born at Waitetiki, Mangonui, Mr Renata received his education at Peria, and later at St Stephen's College. In 1888 he married Harata Riwhi, a descendant of Pahi, the Whangaroa chief. Mrs Renata died in 1937. Mr Renata was one of the original investigators of the “surplus lands,” mainly in the far north. He is survived by nine children, 44 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.


Well known as a marae orator, Mr Thomas Tareahi, also known as Thomas Rawihiri, died at Port Ahuriri, aged 56. He had spent most of his life at Moteo.


Mr Thomas (Teko) Chadwick, a well-known sportsman in his youth, died in Wanganui.

Mr Chadwick was born at Putiki and spent his life there and on the Wanganui River. He played for the Pirates Football Club and took an interest in yachting, as well as taking part in competitive rowing.

He won many cycling trophies.


A respected elder and counsellor, 83-year-old Te Uruti Himi Hare, of Motukaraka, Hokianga, died at Rawene Hospital. He was a member of the Ngaitupoto, Te Rarawa and Nga Puhi tribes. He belonged to the Catholic church.


The sudden death occurred recently of Murua Hori, at Oparure. Aged about 80 years, he is survived by his sister, Makere Kuru Kuru, having had no children. Murua will be greatly missed, as he was an old identity. Noreira, haere ra e koro, kite moengaroa.


A popular figure in the Hokianga area, James Hall, died suddenly some months ago. Mr Hall, who was born in 1896 at Ohinemutu, was a member of Ngati Whakaue sub-tribe of Te Arawa. However, since 1920 he had lived in the Hokianga district.

Mr Hall served with the Maori Pioneer Battalion during World War I. enlisting at the age of 18. In 1920 he married Heeni Te Karauna, a grandchild of one of Nga Puhi's leading chiefs. His wife predeceased him in 1950. Shortly after his marriage he took up farming, breaking in virgin land.

During World War II he served in New Zealand with the rank of Regimental Sergeant Major.

Since 1944, Mr Hall had been field supervisor for the Maori Affairs Department in Southern Hokianga.

He is survived by a daughter, Mrs H. Gladding. Auckland, and two sons. James C. Hall and Rangi Hall, both of Pakanae, Hokianga.