HAERE KI O KOUTOU
MRS K. WAIOEKA BROWN
The death occurred recently of Mrs K. Waioeka Brown, aged 86. A large number of people attended her tangi at Tapuhikitia Pa, Puka. Mrs Brown was the wife of the late Mr Maheki Brown who pre-deceased her.
Mrs Brown was attributed with a comprehensive knowledge of Maori culture and of the historical associations of her home district.
She was especially competent in flax weaving and other recorative handcrafts.
Much of her handcraft work is treasured by recipients in many parts of New Zealand but some excellent examples have been contributed to the Maori section of the Art Gallery and Museum in Gisborne.
The late Mrs Brown was a devout and active member of the Ringatu faith.
MR THOMAS EMERY
Mr Thomas Emery, a returned soldier of the first world war, died recently at Te Kopua, Otorahanga. He was aged about 70.
Mr Ehery was a sergeant in World War 1. He went overseas with the first Maori contingent. He served on Gallipoli and right through the French campaign.
He was noted for his devotion to front-line duty. Never off sick, he was in the line the whole time he was overseas.
MR TIUKA (DUKE) NGATAI
Mr Tiuka, or Duke, Ngatai, aged 59, of Matapihi, near Tauranga, of the Ngaiterangi tribe, died last December. He was a son of Mr Rewiti Ngatai and a grandson of Hori Ngatai, chief of the Ngaiterangi, who fought in the battle of Gate Pa. On his mother's side Mr Ngatai descended from Taipari Makarauri, also a chief of Ngaiterangi.
He worked in the Railways Department and later worked his own market garden at Matapihi.
He worked a great deal for Maori causes and conducted a night school in which he passed on his store of knowledge to any who were interested.
MR THOMAS MATENGARO HETET
Mr Thomas Matengaro Hetet, one of the most popular and respected men in the Northern King Country, died in hospital at Te Kuiti on January 24th. He was 64 years of age.
Mr Hetet occupied a unique position in the district, in that he was an acklowledged leader both amongst the Maori people, whose interests he did a great deal to further, and also in the general community, where he took a prominent part in local body, church, sporting, R.S.A. and other district activities. Mr Hetet was a Te Kuiti borough councillor for over 21 years, and for several of these was chairman of the finance committee.
Mr Hetet took a leading part in Te Kuiti lodge activities, and for many years was the guiding hand of the Manchester Unity Lodge. A few years ago, his work for the Manchester Unity Lodge was recognised by his appointment to the position of Grand Master for New Zealand.
He was prominent in the affairs of St Luke's Anglican Church, holding at one time the position of vicar's warden. He served in World War I when well under age, had an outstanding war record, and rose to the rank of Captain in the Maori Battalion.
Mr Hetet was of vital influence on the Maniapoto Tribal Committee, of which he was for many years chairman. Highly regarded by Maori and pakeha alike, he greatly advanced the interests of his race.
Mr Hetet was popular throughout his life. Much sympathy is expressed to Mrs Hetet and her family; Joy (Mrs Grandison-Biggs) of Auckland, and Aki of Otorohanga.
MR POWHERO KIHI
Mr Powhero Kihi, an elder of the Ngati-Mahunga tribe of Whatawhata, has died, aged 90 years. Mr Kihi took up land at Tunaeke near Whatawhata and worked it successfully for many years. He is survived by his second wife. There are nine children 50 grandchildren and greatgrandchildren.