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No. 17 (December 1956)
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Tony Ormsby

A well-known Maori personality, Mr Tony Ormsby, has died at Auckland. He was a member of the Ormsby family of Otorohanga, and his ashes were interred at Puketotara, Pirongia, the family burial ground between Otorohanga and Te Awamutu.

Mr Ormsby, who belonged to Ngati Maniapoto, was a returned soldier of World War I. He was a lifelong friend of Sir Peter Buck. During his life he had been a Maori Health Inspector in the Waikato-Maniapoto area; a farmer, and a native agent. In later years he had been living in Auckland. He is survived by his widow and two children.

Mrs Miriama Ranginui

Mrs Miriama Matakatea Ranginui died recently in Wellington.

Ninety eight years of age she was born at Levin. She was of the the Muaopoko and Ngati Awa tribes. Most of her life was spent in Levin and indeed the town grew up with her. She was a well-known identity in the town and was featured in the jubilee celebrations last year.

As a young person she had spent a good deal of time at Parihaka where she was associated with the followers of Te Whiti and Tohu.

Later she was associated with Mererikiriki in the religious movement that preceded the Ratana movement. Mererikiriki was an aunt to Wiremu Ratana. Later still Mrs Ranginui was a pillar of the Ratana Church.

The tangi was held at Muaopoko Pa, Levin.

Mrs Ngaraiti Grey

The death occurred at Raetihi recently of Mrs Ngaraiti Grey of the Wainui-a-Rua tribe.

She was a daughter of Tuatini Te Waiho a leading chief of the Wainui-a-Rua and Ngati Uonuku tribes.

Mrs Grey was 70 years of age. She had been a prominent Church of England worker being popular with both pakeha and Maori communities. The tangi was held at Ohakune following which the body lay at St Mary's Church Raetihi for the pakeha community to pay its respects before the burial at Pipiriki.

Mrs Rangirorea Tatere

The death occurred at her residence, Makirikiri, Dannevirke, of Mrs Rangirorea Tatere, wife of the prominent Maori leader, Mr Hohepa Mei (Doc) Tatere. She was in her 62nd year.

She was born at Rotorua, daughter of Kahui and Hanatia Foley. She attended Queen Victoria College in Auckland.

Mrs Tatere was a member of the Arawa tribe and was of the sub-tribes Ngati Pikiao and Ngati Whakaue Ohinemutu.

During World War II, Mrs Tatere was a member of the Patriotic Society and, with her husband, was presented as a representative of the Maori race to Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh on their visit to Dannevirke.

Kapi Tareha

One of the best-known golf personalities in New Zealand, Mr Kapi Tareha, has died at his home at Hastings. He was 67 years of age. Born at Waiohiki, he was the son of Mr Kuropo Tareha, who won the New Zealand amateur golf championship in 1903, the only Maori ever to have done so. Mr Kapi Tareha himself twice reached the final of the championship, and in 1937 he won the New Zealand foursomes championship with Mr Frank Fryer, of Hastings. He served overseas in the First World War. Mr Tareha leaves four sons and two daughters.

Mrs Kaiwhiri Mangoroa

Mrs Kaiwhiri Mangoroa, a chieftainess of Ngati Manunui sub-tribe of Ngati Tuwharetoa has died at Pukehou, near Manunui.

She was one of the principal owners of land at Pukawa on the shores of Lake Taupo. It was there in November, 1856, that the first important meeting of Maori chiefs was held and a unanimous decision made to offer the Maori kingship to Potatau Te Wherowhero.

Recently to mark the centennial of that meeting Mrs Mangoroa and her cousin, Kahu He Kuru, made an award of an area of land at Pukawa to Koroki, the direct descendent of Potatau.

Pooti Hinga Te Rito

The death occurred at the Gisborne Hospital of Pooti Hinga Te Rito, the wife of Hati Nepia, of Manutuke, aged 65.

The late Mrs Nepia was a sister of the wellknown Whakaki chief, Patu Te Rito, who died some years ago. During the early part of her life she was brought up at Wairarapa. On marrying she moved to the Gisborne district where she lived to the time of her death