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No. 26 (March 1959)
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Mr Takarua Tamarau, M.B.E., high chief of the Tuhoe tribes, died at Ruatoki last November at the age of 86. A son of Tamarau Waiari of Ngatikoura, a Tuhoe subtribe, Takarua Tamarau was born at Ruatahuna. With his father he assisted in the Government survey for roads in the Tuhoe lands; the very lands for which compensation has recently been allowed the Tuhoe tribes.

Takarua Tamarau was 10 when he went to live at Ruatoki. He was a Tolaga Bay rugby representative in 1900. In 1928, Takarua Tamarau was attached to Sir Apirana Ngata's scheme for consolidating all land titles at Ruatoki. He also supported Sir Apirana's development scheme in Ruatoki and was appointed to the minister's advisory committee in 1930. His influence greatly helped to bring the Tuhoe people under the scheme.

He was chairman of the Ruatoki School Committee for thirty years. He was a prominent spokesman for Ruatoki at all times.

He was head of the Ringatu church since 1928.


One of Rotorua's oldest identities, Mr William Boyle Bennett, died in Rotorua recently at the age of 86. he was a brother of the late Bishop Bennett.

Mr Bennett was recognised as one of the few who witnessed the Tarawera eruption and was still surviving.

He was one of the first to take tourist motor launches on the lakes.

Mr Bennett is survived by five sons.


Mr Raumaiwa Tihema, well-known Maori of the Horowhenua, Wanganui and Taihape districts, died at Hutt last October. He was the son-in-law of Rawiri Tatana, of Poroutawhao, the well-known Ngati Raukawa chief. He belonged to Ngati Whiti, Ngati Rangi and was closely related to the Wanganui tribes.


Mr Pouaka Wehiwehi died last September in Fiji and was buried at the Ngararatunua Maori Settlement cemetery. His grandfather was Te Tatua who in 1808 led an expedition to the Hauraki Gulf. Mr Wehiwehi, up to a few years ago, lived at Matarau, where he owned blocks of land. Since then, he mostly resided in Auckland.


A farmer on the Maungarangi development block and winner of last year's Ahuwhenua Cup, Mr Rehua Thomas Cairns died at Tauranga. He was 39 years of age.

He was a foundation member of the Rangataha Young Farmers' Club and was its first chairman in 1949.

He was a member of the Tuhoe tribe. He married Miss Ngawaiata Ohia, Ngapotiki, of Waitao. He is survived by his wife and two young children.


The Rev. Hemi Rihimona died at Ngaruawahia recently. He was aged 86. Mr Rihimona was known not only for his counsel to the late Princess Te Puea Herangi and to King Koroki, but as an elder who has welcomed prominent visitors to the Turangawaewae marae over the past 26 years.

He was recognised for his knowledge of the Maori language and arts, one of his chief studies being genealogy.

Mr Rihimona, who was a member of the Ngati-Mahanga, a sub-tribe of the Waikato, was the son of Terira Rihimona and Nganehu te Tana Ngatoki, and was the nephew of the influential chief of the Raglan and Whatawhata areas, Te Waitaia. His wife died 18 years ago.

Mr Rihimona trained at Three Kings, Auckland, where he was a student for seven years, and then spent 10 years with the Methodist Maori Mission in Hamilton, retaining his connection until his death.


An elder of the Ngapotiki sub-tribe of Ngaiterangi, Mr Paraire Pine, died at his residence, Kairua, aged 85 years.

Mr Paraire was the kaumatua of the Ngapotiki tribe and a recognised expert on genealogical lore and local history.

He was on the male line a direct descendant of Toroa of Matatua canoe. Through Te Uruhina of Romai-Noho-Hangi he traced to Ngatiawa tribe and through Tamapahore to Ngapotiki sub-tribe.

He was also related through Ngaparetaikinu to King Koroki.