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No. 20 (November 1957)
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Tu Te Hounuku Korako, rangatira of Ngaitahu, direct descendant of Tahu, and the last of his line, died at Tuahiwi, his birthplace, at the age of 86 years. He represented Ngaitahu in England at the jubilee of Queen Victoria and also at the opening of the Federal Parliament of Australia in 1901, which the Duke and Duchess of York attended. Tu Te Hounuku was the great-grandson of the chieftainess Te Whee Ariki and a nephew of Iwikau, rangatira of the hapu Rakiamoa, who was signatory to the Treaty of Waitangi. On his mother's side he was the great-great-grandson of the tohunga Naki Moroiti, chieftainess of Westland.


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.


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.


A leader of the Tuhourangi Sub-Tribe of Te Arawa, Ati Kirimoa Haera, aged about 67, died in Rotorua. He was also affiliated to the Ngati Tuara and Ngati Wahiau Sub-Tribes of Te Arawa. Mr Haera, an owner in the Horohoro lands, was one of those instrumental in making them available for Government-assisted development. He was also one of the original settlers on the block.

Mr Haera was promiuent in social work and in the Second World he was closely associated with patriotic work generally and with the Maori war effort. He leaves a wife and a grown-up family.


The death occurred at Pukekohe of Wikitera Hohea Meremere, at the age of 60. Mr Meremere was better known to Pukekohe peopel as “Wiki”, and for many years he was a member of the staff of the Pukekohe Borough Council. Mr Meremere served at Gallipoli in the first World War.


Mrs Rangi Staples died recently at the Hastings Memorial Hospital. She was survived by her sisters and daughters. The tangi was held at Omahu.


Mrs Taneko Paul of Runanga died recently in the Hastings Memorial Hospital. She was survived by her daughters. The funeral was held at Omahu.


The death has occurred at Palmerston or Canon Temuera, aged 72 years. Ordained in 1916, he spent 16 years in the Diocese of Waiapu, and in 1933 he succeeded his father as pastor of Rangiatea, where he remained until his retirement in 1952. In recognition of his services to that church, during its centenary celebrations in 1950, he was appointed an honorary canon of St Paul's Cathedral Church, Wellington. In the same year he was awarded the decoration of Member of the Order of the British Empire (M.B.E.) for his services to the Church and the Maori people. He leaves a widow and a daughter.

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