Mr Peter Karehana
Mr Petera Karehana, also known as Mr George Gardiner, a prominent Maori elder of Matakana Island, Tauranga, has died, aged 90.
He was educated at the Bethlehem and Matakana schools and spent all his life in the district, farming with his sons on the island.
Mr Karehana was a leading elder and chief in the Ngaitirangi and Ngaitiranganui tribes, first chairman of the Matakana Tribal Executive and a foundation member of the Mayor Island Trust Board.
As a young man he was a prominent Rugby player in the Bay of Plenty.
A large number of people attended the tangi at Rangiwaea Pa on the island.