PENEAMINE WI NEERA
The late Peneamine Wi Neera, who died at Porirua, aged 77 years, was a fellow student with the late Sir Peter Buck at Te Aute, where he was a member of the college's first XV.
Born at Porirua, he was the second son of Te We Wi Neera and Hana, and a direct descendant of Te Rauparaha.
On leaving college he married Paeroa, the daughter of Tatana Te Whataupoko, the Ngati Huia chief of Poroutawhao.
During his residence there Mr Wi Neera keenly supported Maori Rugby football, and he was also a principal sponsor of hockey as a sport for the younger people, being president of the Toa Club, which he also coached during its best period.
He was one of the leaders of the Church of Latter Day Saints.