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No. 18 (May 1957)
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The death occurred at Taipairu Pa, Waipawa, recently of Mr Tame Kaninamu Hone Ruki-Ruki (Logan). Mr Ruki-Ruki was born at Waipawa and after school was educated at Te Aute College. Mr Ruki-Ruki was 59 years of age. He was a prominent Church of England worker and a keen all-round sportsman. He belonged to the Whatiuapiti tribe. He is survived by his wife Tepora and children Edith and George.


The death has occurred at Taiporohenui, near Hawera, of Awatapu Ngaki, a Maori Battalion veteran who was one of the best-known personalities in South Taranaki. He was 78.

Generally known as “Tapu,” Mr Ngaki was a member of the original Maori Battalion—World War I—and saw action against the Turks at Gallipoli in 1915. The proud possessor of three medals—the 1914–15 Star, the General Service Medal and the Victory Medal, he was one of the keenest members of the South Taranaki R.S.A. He was also a member of the Gallipoli Veterans' Association.


James Hurunui Tukapua, a chief of the Muaupoko tribe, who died recently at the age of 66, was a son of the late Emily Weu Weu (nee Broughton) and James Hurunui Tukapua. He was born at Wangaehu, Turakina, and educated at Levin.

Mr Tukapua held several responsible positions in the Levin district. For many years he was an officer of the Child Welfare Department. He was also a Maori member of the Horowhenua Lake Domain Board.

With other members of his family he was principally responsible for the setting up of the Kawiu Road Pa, the land for which had been given to the Muaupoko tribe by his mother.

Mr Tukapua was a life member of the tribal committee and also a member of the tribil executive committee.


Mr Tuteari Kingi of Te Karaka died recently at the age of 87. Mr Kingi's death is a further severance with the early history of rugby in Poverty Bay. His name was well-known to players and supporters when football was in its infancy in the district.


Mrs Rihi Manira has died at Coromandel, aged 100. She was born a member of the Nga Puhi tribe, near Whangarei. Forty-five years ago she went to live at Colville and then at Coromandel.


The death has occurred of Mrs Emma Matarae Karena, a well-known Huntly personality, at the age of 85. She was prominent in leading action songs on her own Maraes and also when she accompanied her grandnephew, Koroki Mahuta, in his visits to other maraes.

A member of the Ngati-tamainu and Ngatimahuta tribes, she was the eldest daughter of Hikurangi Karaka Rotana and Pikihuia, of Huntly. With her late husband, Karena Wiremu Takoro, she was among the first in the Waikato to accept the faith of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints when it came to New Zealand.


With the death last November of Katerina Rangikawhiti Pitt, the Maori community at Gisborne lost one of its most noted identities, and the district as a whole a personality of wide influence. Born at Poroporo 69 years ago, Mrs Pitt was a member of an Arawa family, her maiden name being Rodgers.

As a girl she showed great musical talent, and in her youth she studied singing in Sydney for some years. She was later a well-known concert artist. She was married to Mr Wiremu Tutepuaki Pitt shortly before World War I.


Mrs Mihi Kotukutuku Stirling, of Raukokore, grand old lady of the East Coast and Bay of Plenty, died last November. Mrs Stirling was nearing 87 years of age. Her husband, who is over 90, and a large family, mourn her loss. During the Royal visit to Rotorua Mrs Stirling was presented to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth as a reward for her work among the Maori people in matters of welfare and health. She was a great supporter of Maori land development and improvement in Maori housing.

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The death has occurred at Gordonton, of Te Waharoa Te Puke, aged 88 years. A descendant of the two canoes Tainui and Mataatua, the late Mr Te Puke was known on every marae of the Waikato and Tuwharetoa tribes. Mr Te Puke was a descendant of the renowned chief Mahanga of the Tainui canoe among whose descendants were Tukotuku and Tamainupo, whose issue was Wairere.


A leading chief of the Ngati Whakaue sub-tribe of the Arawa confederation, Mr Wirihama Henare Meta Te Amohau, has died at the age of 65. Better known as Miro Amohau he had welcomed several distinguished overseas visitors to Ohinemutu, including Field Marshal Montgomery and Mrs Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Born at Ohinemutu in 1892, for many years he was employed by the Rotorua Borough Council as village custodian.

Mr Amohau was a member of the original Rotorua Maori Choir which made several well-known recordings. He toured England with a Maori concert party not long before World War I.

At the time of his death, Mr Amohau was chairman of the Koutu tribal committee.


Ngahiwi Tamihana, of Ngati Manu, one of the last survivors of the Gisborne district community who remembered personal experiences of the Hauhau fighting and of the time when Te Kooti roamed the hills, has died at Manutuke in his ninety-ninth year.

When militia and Maori forces were mustered to protect the settlement of Turanga against Te Kooti's forces, he was chosen at the age of ten to act as a link between the forward positions and the force headquarters.

In his later years he shared recollections of the Te Kooti era with many who had taken part against the government, and who knew the events of the campaign from the other side.


Mr Hunuhunu Hakopa, who was described during his tangi as one of the great elders of Te Arawa tribe, died last November at the age of 78. Mr Hakopa had lived and farmed at Awahou, where the tangi was held.

Mr Hakopa's status was recognised at the reception to the Queen at Arawa Park, when he was chosen for the place of honour as the look-out on the top of the tower at the gates. From there he shouted a warning to the challenger below as the Royal Party approached.

Mr Hakopa was recognised as a great orator and an expert in Maori genealogies. His knowledge and his strictness in enforcing Maori etiquette made him a dominant figure in maraes in his district.


Mr Pene Tuwhare of Kaiaua, North Auckland, has died in the Auckland hospital at the age of 68. He was an apostle of the Ratana church. Born at Kaikohe. Mr Tuwhare was educated at the Kaikohe school and Te Aute College.


Miss Waikuharu Parata died suddenly at the family residence, Waikanae on Saturday, October 6. She was the oldest daughter of the late Tohuroa and Te Oiroa Parata. She was 54 years of age.

Miss Parata was prominent in social and church activities in Waikanae, having been organist at St Luke's Church.