POROTENE TE MANU WELLINGTON
One of the most prominent Maori leaders in the Whangarei district, Mr Porotene te Manu (Bert) Wellington has died.
Mr Wellington belonged to the Ngatiwai tribe and the Kopotai and Waiariki subtribes. He was born at Ngunguru 59 years ago.
He lived for many years at Te Maika.
During the war he was Maori liaison officer for the Whangarei district. He was Chairman of the Whangarei Tribal Committee for six years and was chairman of the Ngunguru Tribal Committee for 11 years. He was a member of the Ngatiwai Trust Board. He was also a member of the Kaka Porowini Board of Trustees operating the Porowini marae in Whangarei where a new project is under way to provide a Maori community centre.