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No. 45 (December 1963)
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Mrs Ani Taihuka

A prominent Gisborne personality, Mrs Ani Tai-huka, has died at her Gisborne residence in her 68th year.

She first came to Gisborne as a leader of the Kahungunu Maori Concert Party which toured New Zealand prior to and during World War I, was one of the leaders of Waihirere Club, and was a leading exponent of poi dancing.

She was the wife of the late Katini Taihuka and the daughter of Hariata Kerekere and Whereri Ripohau. A member of the Aitanga Mahaki tribe, with tribal affiliations in Taranaki and Hawke's Bay, she was educated at Hukarere College.

Her daughter, Kui, pre-deceased her by two weeks. She is survived by three children, Barney, Tilly and Marenia, and several grandchildren.

Mr ‘Rastus’ Rehu

The death of Mr Mason (‘Rastus’) Rehu, of Granity, has removed one of the district's most popular figures.

Mr Rehu went to the West Coast from Taumarunui about 14 years ago. He worked at Greymouth, Reefton and Westport, mainly on contracting work and bulldozer driving, before going into the sawmilling business.

Mr Rehu is survived by his wife and two children.

Rev. H. Paraone

The Rev. Henare Paraone (Henry Brown) died at Kaitaia last August after some weeks of ill health. An Aupouri and Ngati Kahu leader and a Church of England minister, he had been stationed in the far north since 1931.

Mr Paraone was said to be one of the finest preachers in the Maori church, and was a most brilliant orator on the marae. The tangi was held at his home settlement of Waimanoni, and the funeral was at Awanui.

Mr Kahi Takimoana Harawira

Mr Kahi Takimoana Harawira, a chaplain to the 28th Maori Battalion during the Second World War and vocational guidance officer in Auckland until 1955, has died, aged 71.

Mr Harawira was born at Te Kao and educated at the Te Kao Native School and at Te Aute College. For two years he was a teacher at Te Aute College.

After the First World War, in which he served at Gallipoli, Mr Harawira attended the Te Rau Anglican Theological College in Gisborne. He was ordained at St. Mary's Cathedral, Auckland, in 1921. He was a Maori missioner in several Anglican parishes in the North Island before becoming chaplain to the 28th Maori Battalion at the beginning of the Second World War. Mr Harawira returned from the war after three years' service, holding the rank of major. He became a vocational guidance officer in Auckland and held this position for 12 years.

He played a prominent part in the work of Moral Rearmament and in recent years took part in MRA missions to India and South-East Asia, Brazil, Tonga and Europe.

He is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter.

Mr Nutana Wiki

Mr Nutana Wiki, an elder of Te Aupouri tribe, died recently in Kaitaia hospital and was buried at Te Kao. In his younger days he was a noted New Zealand rugby player.

Mr Wiki, who was about 82, had considerable influence among his people through his example as a hard-working farmer and a good citizen. He participated in the original development scheme launched by Judge Acheson in the Te Kao district and he took a full part in other movements such as the creation of the Aupouri Trust Board.

His wife, who died some years ago, was a daughter of Mr Henry Norman of Te Hapua. They had five sons and six daughters.

Mr W. K. Smiler

A prominent leader in the Wellington Maori community, Mr Winiata Kaihote Smiler, died at his home at Naenae last July, aged 46.

Mr Smiler, member of a well-known Gisborne Maori family, held a B.A. degree and a Diploma of Social Science. At the time of his death he was a teacher at Naenae College. He was previously first assistant at Rangatahi College, Murupara.

He was at one time a welfare officer for the Maori Affairs Department in the Levin district and a teacher at the Wellington Correspondence School. He was vice-president of the Ngati Poneke Young Maori Club and treasurer of the Ngati Poneke Maori Association. He was also chairman of the Taurarua Maori Tribal Committee.

He leaves a wife and seven children.

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Mrs Hinemarie Tirikatene-Bailey

The death has occurred of Mrs Hinemarie Tirikatene-Bailey, aged 33 years, wife of Charles Bailey of Waitara, and daughter of the Hon. Sir Eruera and Lady Tirikatene. Mrs Tirikatene-Bailey died on 4 September 1963. She leaves four young children: three daughters, Tiri-Marie, Ra and Tania, and a two-months-old son, Charles.

Mrs Tirikatene-Bailey was affiliated with the Ngaitahu tribe through both parents, with Ngati Kahungunu through Lady Tirikatene, and also with Ngati Toa through her father. Her husband is the eldest child of the late Rangi Bailey and Mrs Hariata Bailey, of Waitara.

Born at Mohaka, Hawkes Bay, she attended both the Ratana Pa and Kaiapoi Primary Schools, and the Rangiora High School, North Canterbury. She was also a graduate of the N.Z. Academy of Hairdressing and Beauty Culture and practised in Wellington before undertaking secretarial work for her father, during the latter years of the first Labour Government when Sir Eruera was Minister representing the Maori Race on the Executive Council. In this capacity she travelled extensively with her father, and became well-known throughout the length and breadth of New Zealand.

Upon marriage in 1950, she moved to Waitara where her husband's family are old identities. There she took an enthusiastic interest in her husband's farming activities and, together with him, established the Waitara Landrace Stud.

She was president of the Waitara School Committee and a member of the Waitara Parent-Teachers Association. Together with her husband, she participated actively in the community life of the district, and undertook much voluntary social work.

Her tangi was held at Manukorihi Meeting House, Manukorihi Pa, Waitara. Her father, Sir Eruera, and her younger brother, Rino, who are both Ministers in the Ratana Church, conducted the funeral service.

Mrs Rotu Rangi

Mrs Rotu Rangi, a leading Maori social worker, has died at her home at Ruatoki, aged 79.

A daughter of the late Mr Numia Kereru, a leader of the Tuhoe people, she was educated at Hukarere Maori Girls' College, Napier.

When she returned home she assisted European mission workers to establish the Church of England faith among her people at Ruatoki. So successful was her work that in 1905 a mission house was established next to the Ruatoki School. Later a church was built on the marae.

Mrs Rangi was an active member of many organisations throughout the district.

She is survived by her husband, the Rev. Wharetini Rangi, and three sons.

Mr Teahauru Kapua

The death occurred in Taupo recently of one of the oldest and most respected leaders of the Ngati-Tuwharetoa people, Mr Teahauru Kapua. He was 86 years old.

Mr Kapua, who spent most of his life in the Taupo district, was an elder of the Tuwharetoa and of the Ratana Church.

With perhaps only one exception, he was the last surviving link with the very beginning of the Pakeha settlement in the district, and, indirectly, with the Te Kooti rebellion. He was probably the one surviving member of Tuwharetoa who remembered seeing Te Kooti's arrival in the district.

An authority on Maori culture and arts, Mr Kapua played a leading part in the district, keeping alive the traditions and customs of his people. He was one of their most respected orators and had a thorough and comprehensive knowledge of Maori law.

He spent most of his early life in the Tokaanu-Turangi district and it was only in later life that he moved to Mokai. His associations with the district as a whole, however, were extensive.

Mr H. K. Pohe

Mr Heperi K. Pohe, a former Taihape district resident, died suddenly at National Park recently at the age of 66 years.

In his younger days the late Mr Pohe played Rugby for the Huia Club. He was also well known for his ability to break in horses.

He lived at Turangaarere for many years and during his long association with the district he was employed on Mr A. Gregory's farm at Turangaarere for six years. He subsequently settled at National Park. He is survived by his wife, five sons and three daughters.

Mr Tiaki Hira

A widely acknowledged leader of the Waikato-Maniapoto peoples, Mr Tiaki Hira (generally known as Jack Hira) has died at Tuakau, aged 88.

Mr Hira was the speaker for three Maori kings—the late King Mahuta, the late King Rata and the present King Koroki. He spoke on their behalf at meetings in many parts of the North and South Islands.

Born in Onewhero in 1875, Mr Hira was one of the first pupils of St. Stephen's School, which was then in Parnell. He farmed in the Tuakau area nearly all his life until his only son, Mr Johnny Hira, took over 11 years ago.

Steeped in Maori tradition, Mr Hira was popular and respected figure in Tuakau. He was a strong supporter of the late Princess Te Puea Herangi, and like her and many other Maori chiefs and leaders, he was buried on Taupiri Mountain.

Mr Hira is survived by his wife and son.

We are always grateful to those readers who send us obituary notices. They should be sent to The Editor, ‘Te Ao Hou’, Box 2390, Wellington.

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