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No. 50 (March 1965)
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Mrs W. T. Ngata

Mrs Nancy Maraea (Peach) Ngata, wife of Mr William T. (Bill) Ngata, private secretary to the Minister of Maori Affairs, died last November, after a long illness, at the Home of Compassion, Island Bay.

Mrs Ngata had a distinguished career as a stenographer to successive Ministers of Maori Affairs, including the late Mr Peter Fraser. She was also secretary to Mr J. K. Hunn when he was Secretary for Maori Affairs.

Mrs Ngata was a member of a prominent family of the Ngati Raukawa tribe of Otaki. She was the eldest daughter of the late Tiemi and Bridget Rikihana. Her first husband, Mr Ehae John (Ben) Ropata was killed at El Alamein in the Second World War while serving with the Maori Battalion.

Most of Mrs Ngata's interests concerned Maori welfare, for which she had a deep concern. As a pianist she was much in demand for various Maori social functions. She was a member of the N.Z. Art Gallery Society and a former Wellington executive member of the Consumer Council.

A large number of Mr and Mrs Ngata's friends and relatives from Wellington, Otaki, Levin, Gisborne, Rotorua and Bay of Plenty districts attended the funeral. Mr Ngata is a son of the late Sir Apirana Ngata.

Mrs Ngata is survived by her husband, a son, two sisters, a brother and a niece, who formerly lived with her.

Mr Robert Tangiono Tapa

Mr Robert (Bob) Tangiono Tapa, of Ranana, prominent leader of the Maori people in the Wanganui River district, died at Wellington last December. He was aged 65.

Born in Wanganui, he spent most of his youth in Rata and Parikino.

After serving in France and Gallipoli with the New Zealand Maori Pioneer Battalion during the first world war, Mr Tapa settled in Ranana. For a time, he worked on Morikau Station under the late Mr Gregor McGregor. Later he bought land of his own which he farmed until his death.

In 1929 he acted as foreman of the Ranana development scheme and later, when Morikau was incorporated, he became a foundation member of the committee of management. He also served as vice-chairman and chairman of the advisory committee of Ohorea Station on the Parapara Road, and was a member of both committees at the time of his death.

An executive member of the Wanganui River Settlers' Association, Mr Tapa was very active in all tribal affairs.

He was a life-long supporter of the Roman Catholic Mission in the Wanganui River area.

Mr Tapa was related to every hapu from Taumarunui to Wanganui.

Mr W. U. T. Wakarua

Mr William Uru Teangina Wakarua, secretary of the Taranaki Maori Trust Board, died on 25 October at Hawera. He was aged 57.

Mr Wakarua had been secretary of the Trust at Hawera since it was founded in 1932.

Born at Nukumaru, Mr Wakarua studied at Te Aute College and later gained the diploma of agriculture at Hawkesbury College, in New South Wales.

He married Miss Queenie O'Connor and settled at Hawera.

Mr Wakarua was a keen member of Rotary International and a former secretary of the Hawera Club.

He is survived by his daughter, Mrs Sullivan, of Hawera.

Mr Teone Wiwi Taiaroa

On 29th December, the Ngaitahu people lost one of their best known personalities, when Mr T. W. (Wiwi) Taiaroa died at Otakou on the Otago Peninsula. He was aged 62.

Mr Taiaroa, who was born at Otakou, was a son of the late George Taiaroa and his wife Margaret (nee Parata) and a grandson of the Hon. H. K. Taiaroa and the Hon. Tame Parata, both South Island Maori Members of Parliament and Members of the Legislative Council.

Apart from some years spent in Canterbury, Mr Taiaroa spent most of his life on the Peninsula as a commercial fisherman and a sheepfarmer. One of the founders and directors of Otakou Fisheries, Ltd., and for a time the Chairman of its Board of Directors, he fished for a number of years around the Otago and Southland coasts. In addition he managed the family property, Akapatiki ‘A’ Block, Incorporated.

Mr Taiaroa took an active interest in community affairs, being for many years a member of the Otakou Maori Committee, and in addition representing the Otago Heads Riding on the

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Peninsula County Council. He was also active in Masonic affairs.

In his youth he was a well known Rugby player, being often included in southern Maori representative teams.

Always a lover of horses, Mr Taiaroa in his time raced a number of horses, the best known perhaps being Royal China and Pudechan. He was also, in his younger years, well known as a show rider and trainer of show horses, being the original owner and trainer of (among others) the very successful jumper, Viking.

Mr Taiaroa's funeral, which took place at Otakou on New Year's Day, was attended by several hundred mourners, not only from all parts of the South Island but from the North Island as well.

Mr Taiaroa leaves a widow. Raukawa (nee Ellison), four sons, two daughters and eight grandchildren.

Mr Hohepa Te Rake Te Kiri

Mr Hohepa Te Rake Te Kiri, of Rotorua, died last October, aged 70.

A son of Te Ngahoa Te Kiri, a leader of the Ngati Rangi Teaorere sub-tribe, and Mariana Teoha of Ngati Whakaue, Mr Kiri was born at Te Ngae.

He lived all his life in Rotorua, except for a period during the first world war when he served overseas as a sergeant in the Second Maori Reinforcements.

At the time of his death he was a member of the Arawa Trust Board.

Mr Te Kiri is survived by his wife, three daughters and a son.

Mr Albert Horsfall

A prominent Gisborne Maori, Mr Albert Horsfall, died last January, at the age of 61.

Although part European, he had tribal connections in the Gisborne district and was a leader of the Mahaki and Rongowhakaata tribes.

In his younger days he was noted as a sportsman, particularly in rugby. He was a Poverty Bay representative and played in New Zealand Maori teams. Until recently he acted in an administrative capacity for several football associations.

For the past seven years he was a member of the management committee of the Mangatu blocks incorporated.

He leaves a family of 13 children. His wife, Mere Tahuta Pere, predeceased him.

Mr George Hiorangi Te Whaiti Mrs Meri Raita Te Whaiti

The deaths occurred at Greytown Hospital last December, within two days of each other, of Mr George Hiorangi Te Whaiti, aged 74, of Greytown, and his wife, Mrs Meri Raita Te Whaiti, aged 70.

Mr Te Whaiti, who was the surviving son of the late Mr Iraia Te Whaiti and of the late Mrs Maikara Te Whaiti, was born at Pirinoa and was educated at Hikurangi Maori College, Carterton.

He was for many years a trustee of the Koukirikiri Trustee Board, administering the Church of England Papawai farm (400 acres) and a member of the management committee of Mangakino Township Incorporated and Pouakani Block, Taupo District.

He was awarded the Jubilee Medal in King George V's jubilee year. He was a prominent New Zealand rifle shot, and for some years was president of the Papawai Rifle Club.

He was also active in Masonic affairs.

Mrs Te Waiti, who was a daughter of Mr and Mrs Hemi Enoka of Pukio, was educated at the Greytown School. She was a popular member of several Greytown organisations and she and her husband were faithful adherents of the Church of England.

The funeral services were held on the Tuhirangi marae, Kohunui Pa, in the presence of a large number of mourners, Maori and Pakeha, from Hawke's Bay, Otaki, Wanganui and Wellington.

Mr and Mrs Te Whaiti are survived by one son, Mr Iraia Te Whaiti (Greytown), five grandsons and three granddaughters.

Mr A. Te A. Rotohiko (Mr Sammy Haupapa)

The death occurred at Rotorua several months ago of Mr Amahia Te Aurei Torohiko, often known as Sammy Haupapa. He was aged 87.

Mr Haupapa was a son of Rotohiko Haupapa, a leader of Ngati Tunohopu, a sub-tribe of Ngati Whakaue.

Born in Ohinemutu, Sammy Haupapa served overseas in the first world war as a sergeant in the First Maori Contingent.

A tailor by trade, he served his apprenticeship in Rotorua and later worked in Otaki, Cambridge and Wellington.

In his younger days he was a keen Rugby foot-baller and later became one of Rotorua's best referees.

He is survived by a brother, Heke Rogers.

Mr Tuhuru Tainui

Mr Tuhuru Tainui, one of the best-known personalities on the West Coast and an elder of the Maori people of Arahura, died last January in Christchurch Hospital. He was aged 67.

He is a descendant of the paramount Chief Tuhuru of the Ngaitahu tribe.

At the age of 17 he went overseas in the first world war, and served in France, Germany and Gallipoli.

Until four years ago he was chairman of the Arahura tribal Committee.

Mr Tainui is survived by his wife, six sons and three daughters.