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No. 14 (April 1956)
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Erana Muriwai of Hokianga died recently. She was a chieftainess in her own right of the Ngapuhi Tribe. She was said to be 110 years of age. She left a large family. One of her daughters is Mrs Sue Te Wake of Panguru who is in her 80's. Another is Mrs Ripeka who is farming in the Otoranga District. Her grandson is Superintendent of the Sydney Fire Brigade. Her great-grandson is the Reverend Mark Mete, chaplain for St. Stephens College.


Mr Mahoe Wineera, a son of Mr Hohepa Wineera, of Porirua, has died at Hawera. He was 53. Mr Mahoe Wineera, who was of fine physique, quickly made his mark as a Rugby footballer. He was a New Zealand Maori representative for the 1926–1927 tour of the British Isles and France as an inside back.

Mr Wineera farmed a family property at Manawapou Road, Hawera.

He was chairman of the Hawera Tribal Committee in 1949. Latterly he was a member of the Dominion executive of the Social Credit Political League.

He was a direct descendant of Te Rauparaha being a fifth generation descendant of that Ngati Toa chief.


A well-known resident of the Taihape district, Mr Whai Pine, died recently. Mr Pine was born in the Moawhango area and received his education at the Taihape District High School, Te Aute College and Wanganui Technical College.

In his younger days he was a prominent sportsman. Latterly he was equally prominent in sports administration.

He was 55 years of age.


Te Kahuwaero Rikihana, a chieftainess of Ngati Pikiao, Ngati Whakaue, and other tribes of Te Arawa has died recently. She was aged 53.

She was an elder daughter of the late Pararaki Wikiriwhi of Maketu.

The chieftainess was educated at Hukarere College and later became a well-known personality amongst both Maori and Pakeha. Deceased is survived by husband and family.


Mr Angus Christie, of Nuhaka, was killed recently while felling a tree at Kaikariki Station. He was a married man, aged 32, with a family. Mr Angus Christie was the son of the late Mr Sid Christie, one of the leaders of the Mormon faith at Nukaka, and a prominent man in tribal affairs.


A noted Maori scholar and singer, the Rev Niho Hemi Papakura, of the Methodist Church, died recently on the evening of his 75th birthday at his home in New Plymouth.

He was born in the Hokianga district and was related to Taranaki, Rotorua and Northland tribes. He attended Auckland and Otago University Colleges, and while in Otago shared rooms with Sir Peter Buck.

In 1919 Mr Papakura toured the United States with a party of Maoris lecturing about New Zealand, and explaining Maori folklore and musie.

Mr Papakura is survived by his wife and a son.


One of the most distinguished Maori women in the South Island has died. She was Mrs Emma Tainui, the widow of Hoani te Waewae Tainui, who in turn was a grandson of Werita Tainui, paramount chief on the West Coast in the early days of Pakeha settlement. Of her twelve children three are living—Mrs O. Mason, Mrs Emma Weepu, and Mr Tuhuru Tainui. Mrs Tainui belonged to the Piper family, of Rapaki, near Lyttelton.


Toki Kingi Pangari of Kohukohu died at the age of 85. He was a chief of Nga Puhi and an authority on Maori history and tradition. He used to make his own canoes to cross the Kohukohu River.


Wiremu Eremiha Paikea from Otamatea died at Toetoe, Whangarei, aged 90. He was a grand uncle of Mr T. P. Paikea, M.P. He was a leader of Ngati Whatua and prominent in the Ratana Church.