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No. 46 (March 1964)
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Dr E. P. Ellison

Dr Edward Pohau Ellison, who was one of the members of the Young Maori party responsible for the marked progress of the Maori race after the turn of the century, died in Napier last November, aged 78.

Dr Ellison was born at Waikanae and educated at Te Aute College and Otago University.

He was appointed chief medical officer of Niue Island in 1919 and while there became deeply interested in tropical diseases and leprosy. After a term of three years in the Chatham Islands as resident commissioner, magistrate and medical officer, he returned to Dunedin to take a postgraduate course in tropical diseases in 1925–26.

For nearly 20 years, with only a four-year break as director of the division of Maori hygiene, Dr Ellison was chief medical officer of the Cook Islands, and he was commissioner of the High Court there for 13 years. In 1938 he was awarded the O.B.E. for his long service to New Zealand's island peoples.

In 1945 he returned to private practice at Manaia in Taranaki and remained there until his retirement to Taradale a few years ago.

Dr Ellison was a university rugby blue and played for the New Zealand Maori side in 1912.

He leaves his wife and a family of nine: Riki, Leeston, Christchurch; George, Sydney; Nan (Mrs Guest), Kohukohu; Eleanor (Mrs Burns), Manaia; Boyd, Wellington; McNeil, Napier; Joy (Mrs McLeod), Manaia; Dr Tom Ellison, Dunedin; and Daniel, a lecturer in agriculture at the University of Kuala Lumpur.

An article on Dr Ellison's life and achievements appeared in the September 1963 issue of ‘Te Ao Hou’.

Mr Tuati Paku Whaanga

The death occurred recently of Mr Tuati Paku Whaanga, son of Ihaka Maihi Whaanga, a leader of the Nuhaka people and a grandson of Ihaka (Tatoo) Whaanga, a direct male descendant of Kahungunu.

Tuati Paku Whaanga was born at Nuhaka 70 years ago and resided in the district all his life. He farmed a property south of the township and left with the 2nd Maori Contingent for the First World War. On his return, he continued farming at Nuhaka.

Mr Whaanga was a foundation member of the Nuhaka Tribal Committee and also one of the early leaders of the Latter Day Saints' faith at Nuhaka. He was a prominent Rugby player in his day and represented Wairoa and the coastal Tairawhiti team.

He is survived by one son, Maui Pomare Whaanga, of Kaikohe, and four grandchildren.

Mrs J. A. Boulter

Mrs J. A. Boulter, of Papatotara, Southland, died last October, aged 87.

Mrs Boulter, formerly Katarina Fowler, could trace her descent from many tribes—the Nga-Tua-hauriri, Huirapa, Terakiamoa, Teatawhiua, and Ngati-Mamoe. She was not related to Southland Maoris, but belonged to chiefly families from Kaiapoi.

Her grandfather, Johnny Kahu, whom she remembered well—for he lived to be 110—wore only Maori clothing until the end of his life, and was one of the last two completely tattooed men in the South Island.

Mrs Boulter was married on July 29 1897. The couple celebrated 65 years of married life together (51 of them at Papatotara) last years. Mr Boulter died last February at the age of 93.

There are 19 grandchildren and 34 great-grand-children, most of whom are living in Southland. The three living children are Mr C. H. Boulter, Pahia, Mr G. Boulter and Mrs D. Trainor, Rowallan.

Mr H. O. Grant

One of the Second World War heroes of the Arawa tribe, Mr Hingawaru Oswald Grant, died at Rotorua recently after a long illness. He was one of a small party of men of the Maori Battalion that, under Sergeant H. Manahi, attacked and captured the Peak of Takrouna against over whelming odds towards the end of the North African campaign.

A corporal at the time, he was awarded the Military Medal for his exploits.

Mr Grant, who was 42 when he died, rose to the rank of captain. He was an accomplished linguist, musician and singer. He was an officer in the State Forest Service at Rotorua.

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Many friends of both races including former Maori Battalion soldiers paid their respects to him at Te Takinga meeting house at Mourea on the shores of Lake Rotoiti, where he lay in state as a leader of Ngati Pikiao, one of the Arawa confederation of tribes.

Mr Grant is survived by his wife and five children.

Mr R. K. Taituha

The death occurred recently of Mr Rangi Kingi Taituha of Pakaraka Pa, near Maxwell.

A well known resident and Maori elder of the Waitotara district, Mr Taituha was descended from ancestors who came in the Aotea Canoe.

He was a leading figure in the Wainui-a-rua and Wanganui tribes, and was highly respected, both locally and in other areas, for his knowledge of Maori lore and genealogy.

He was a life member of the Ngarauru Trust Committee in the Waitotara District.

He is survived by his wife, six daughters and two sons.

Mr Te Tane Tukaki

The death occurred recently at his home in Te Kaha of Mr Te Tane Tukaki, aged 77 years.

Te Tane Tukaki, who was a retired farmer, was the son of Tukaki of the Whanau-a-Apanui tribe and Heni Kamaea Kahaki of the Ngati-Porou tribe. He was a fine orator and leader, and one of the last from a generation gifted in the remembering of the geneaological tables and history of the Whanau-a-Apanui and Ngati-Porou tribes.

He was a member of the Anglican Church, and a firm believer in the unity of the two races, doing much to promote this feeling of unity among those with whom he came in contact. For a number of years he was a member of the local tribal and school committees. It was at his request that the Education Department recently changed the name of the Te Kaha Maori District High School to the Te Whanau-a-Apanui District High School Mr Tukaki gave to the school the Whanau-a-Apanui saying, ‘Ka tu te toka ki Takore’ (The steadfast rock of Takore).

He is survived by two sons, five daughters, and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The Rev. Huru Wipere

The death has occurred at Auckland of the Rev. Huru Wipere, an honorary home missionary of the Methodist Church who for many years worked among his people in Northland, the Waikato and in Auckland.

Mr Wipere belonged to a well-known family at Utakura, in the Hokianga district, where he was a farmer and a lay preacher. Later he was appointed a home missionary.

He is survived by an adult family of six children.

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This photograph of the late Mr Tiaki Hira, the eminent orator and authority on Maori lore, was first published in issue no. 11 of ‘Te Ao Hou’. When Mr Hira died recently, a number of people asked that the photograph be published again. It was taken at the opening of the Pare Hauraki sleeping house at Turangawaewae, Ngaruawahia. Tiaki Hira was an official orator on behalf of the Maori King for a great many years, specialising in particular in the intricate whai korero forms for the opening of new buildings.
An obituary of Mr Hira was published in the last issue (no. 45) of ‘Te Ao Hou’.

Chaplain Tuahangata Fraser

Mr Tuahangata Fraser, of Rotorua, died last December aged 87.

A well-known and regular visitor to Rotorua Hospital, Chaplain Fraser was a retired ordained minister of the Church of England. Shortly after World War I he was a chaplain at Narrow Neck military camp, Auckland.

Chaplain Fraser, who was born in the Bay of Plenty, was a member of both the Ngati Teroroterangi and the Ngati Rangiwewehi sub-tribes. Until the last couple of years when he shifted to Rotorua, his home was at Te Ngae.

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