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No. 32 (September 1960)
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Mr Noho Toki, the well-known Maori singer and a Gallipoli veteran who spent more than 30 of his 64 years in Sydney, died recently. The secretary of the New Zealand sub-branch of the Australian Servicemen's League, Mr A. C. Booth, in a tribute to Mr Toki, recalled that he carried the New Zealand banner in front of the marching New Zealand banner in front of the marching New Zealanders at every Sydney Anzac march in this 30 years.


The death occurred at Lower Hutt recently of Mrs Ngahina Te Waari, aged 61, eldest member of the family of the late Mr and Mrs Wi Hapi Love, both of whom were awarded the M.B.E. and were members of one of Wellington's most historic families. Mrs Te Warri (also known as Hannah Lily Love) was educated at the Petone West School and at Wellington Girls' College. Through her father, she was a direct descendant of Wi Tako, and through her mother of Te Puni, chiefs who made history in the early days of the settlement of Port Nicholson and with their Te Atiawa tribesfolk had conquered these shores before the arrival of the settlers.

Mrs Te Waari was prominently associated with the work of the Anglican Maori mission, both in the Hutt and Wellingto areas, the Maori Women's Welfare League and the Early Settlers' Association. During the First World War, Mrs Te Waari was a member of the organisation formed by Lady Pomare to send comforts to the Maori Battalion overseas.

Mrs Te Waari is survived by her husband, Mr George Te Waari of petone, and two adopted daughters, Myra and Ripeka.


Mrs “Poihaere” Grace died recently in Gisborne. She was in her seventieth year. She was a descendant of the Whanau-a-Raikairoa sub-tribe and it is fitting that the tangi to her should have been held in the Kie Kie marae, where she was interred in the family cemetery. Her husband, Mr Jack Grace, died about 30 years ago. In her early life, she lived in Kie Kie where she had a family of fourteen children, four of whom have predeceased her. The other 10, who are all adult, attended the tangi. The funeral service was conducted by the Rev. T. Wanoa and despite the inclement weather, a large congregation attended.


Mrs Taruhe te Taua, aged 103, died recently at the home of her daughter, Mrs John Pauha Pakau, Port Waikato, after a short illness.

Mrs te Taua was born at Port Waikato and lived there most of her life. She was a member of the Ngatitipa tribe. She is survived by three of her seven sons and three daughters.


The death recently of Mrs Nira Hinepounamu Dinsdale of Rotorua sees the passing of another link with the past. Mrs Dinsdale, on her mother's side, was a direct descendant of Winiata Pekumu Toki-te-Ururangi, who was killed at Kaokaoroa in the Hauhau rebellion in 1864. On her father's side she was a direct descendant of Hine-i-Turama, a famous chieftainess of Te Arawa, who was killed at Orakau in 1864 at the time of Rewi's famous last stand. Her father was Retreat Tapsell, eldest son of Captain Phillip Tapsell.

Mrs Dinsdale was married to John Dinsdale 62 years ago and lived most of her life in Rotorua. She is survived by her husband, one son, Michael, and two daughters, Dardanella and Ripeka. Another son, John, was killed at Cassino.


One of Taranaki's best known elders and a chief of the Nga Ruahine tribe of South Taranaki, Mr Rangihuna Pire has died in New Plymouth. He was 80. Born at Kaupokonui, he was the eldest child of Pire Robinson and Te Raiwhanake. Adopted by elder relations while an infant, he grew up in a totally Maori atmosphere and gained a knowledge of battles, of confiscated lands, of boundaries and tribal rights on which in later years, he was regarded as an authority. Mr Pire was associated with many political figures, notably Sir Maui Pomare, whom he helped to power, and when a Royal Commission was set up in 1927 to examine Maori claims and compensation for land lost in the Maori wars, Mr Pire was appointed first chairman of the Taranaki Trust Board which administered compensation. His political support, which was considerable, was lately given to the Social Credit League. He is survived by eight children and many grandchildren.