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The Rev. Tureia Puha
A Church of England Minister, the Rev. Tureia Puha, died recently at Lower Hutt.
The Bishop of Aotearoa, the Rt. Rev. W. N. Panapa and the Rev. K. M. Ihaka conducted the funeral service at Wellington, where the deceased is buried.
The Rev. Puha, aged 72, was a member of Ngati Porou, coming from Te Araroa. He gained his Licentiate in Theology at the old Te Rau Theological College, Gisborne, being one of the very few Maoris to do so.
His last parish was at Tokomaru Bay. He retired 10 years ago because of ill health and has been living in Gisborne. In his younger days he was a noted rugby footballer and athlete.
His wife pre-deceased him.
Mr J. R. Bell
One of Southland's most colourful Rugby characters, Mr J. R. ‘Wampy’ Bell died suddenly last May. He was 64.
Mr Bell was a Maori All Black in 1922-23-26-30-31, an All Black in 1923, and one of the Invercargill Star Club's most notable players, being a member of its senior team from 1916 until 1931.
He was captain of teams which won the Ranfurly Shield, the Galbraith Shield (Invercargill senior competition), the Te Mori Rose Bowl, and the Prince of Wales Cup, a feat never since equalled. He was also the captain of the Southland team when it won the Ranfurly Shield from Wairarapa in 1929 in one of the greatest upsets in Shield history.
Mr Bell was patron and a life member of the Star Club and also a life member of the Southland Rugby Referees' Association.
Mrs Molly Povey
Mrs Molly Povey, aged 52, the daughter of Mr E. E. P. Uruamo, lost her life together with her father and relatives and friends in the tragic bus accident near Brynderwyn.
She was born at Woodhill, Kaipara, but lived with her grand-aunt the late Mrs Hiki Brown at Orakei Bay, Auckland, during most of her childhood.
She was educated at Woodhill Public School and the Helensville District High School, which was then newly opened.
Mrs Povey had a wide circle of friends and was well known for her many acts of kindness to all especially the young people.
She was a member of the Reweti Ratana Church and Youth Committees and also the Maori Woman's Welfare League. She won the 1962 Maori Woman's Welfare League prize which was presented by the Mayoress of Auckland, Mrs D. M. Robinson, for the best ‘Home Budgeting’.
Mrs Povey is survived by her husband, four daughters and three sons.
Mr Eriapa Eddie Porter Uruamo
Mr Eriapa Eddie Porter Uruamo with his daughter Mrs Molly Povey and thirteen others lost their lives in the tragic bus accident near Brynderwyn.
Mr Uruamo was educated at the Woodhill Public School, Kaipara and Te Aute College. He served as clerk of New Zealand Railways at Wellington and Foxton, and when the Main Trunk Line was being constructed he moved to Taumarunui and then to Auckland. As he was the sole Maori telegraphist he was often sent to assist in the translation and pronunciation of Maori place names in the outbacks.
Paramount chief of the Ngatiwhatua tribe Kaipara District, Mr Uruamo was well known for his knowledge of Maori genealogy. At one time in earlier years he recited Macbeth for the Drama Society of Helensville.
Dairy farming became a main interest until his retirement. He was instrumental in the incorporating of the last pieces of lands owned by the Ngatiwhatua Tribe and he was a member of the Management Committee until his demise.
Mr Uruamo was aged 78 and is survived by his two daughters, four sons, 28 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Mrs Okeroa Te Turi
Mrs Okeroa Te Turi, thought to be 100 years old and possibly the oldest woman in the King Country, died at Taumarunui Hospital recently.
Mrs Te Turi was born at Kakariki, near Marton, and went to Taumarunui with her parents and a sister when she was 12 or 13 years old. They walked from Kakariki viá Wanganui, at times using the river canoes, to reach Taumarunui.
She is survived by her husband and a grown-up adopted family.
Mrs M. Romana
Mrs Miriana Romana of Ohinemutu died on 2 March, aged 84. Mrs Romana was a woman of high standing in her sub-tribe of Ngati Whakaue and was well known throughout the Arawa and Matatua canoe areas.
For many years she lived on Matakana Island, where her husband was a farmer. After his death, she returned to her ancestral home at Ohinemutu where she was an authority on Maori lore and waiata Maori.
She was a leader and teacher of all aspects of Maoritanga. The tangi was held at Tunohopu meeting house, Ohinemutu.