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The Rev. Karena Wiki
The Rev. Karena Wiki, a minister of the Ratana Church and an elder of the Aupouri tribe, died last March at Te Kao. He was aged 101.
Mr Wiki was an active man up to his last days and enjoyed building fences until he was advised to rest at the beginning of this year.
Three hundred people gathered at Te Kao for the funeral.
Mrs K. H. Durie
Mrs Kahu Hurihia Durie, wife of Mr Mason Durie of Aorangi, Feilding, died last January after a long illness. She was 78 years old.
Mrs Durie was a rangatira of the Raukawa and Maniapoto tribes.
A staunch worker and adherent of the Anglican Church, she was closely associated with the restoration of the Rangiatea Church at Otaki, the Ngarimu Scholarship Fund and the erection of the Maori Battalion Memorial Hall at Palmerston North. The Maori Women's Welfare League also received much of her time.
She was a life-long member of the Maori Social and Economic Advancement Committee.
Mr and Mrs Durie married in St. John's Anglican Church, Feilding, in 1909. They had five children. Messrs Rawhiri and Matawha, Kahu (Mrs H. Taupuna, Bunnythorpe) and Mahue (Mrs L. Paewai, Dannevirke). One daughter, Ruta, predeceased her mother in 1925. There are 20 grand-children and 11 great-grand-children.
Miss Matilda Brereton
Miss Matilda Brereton, a former headmistress of Queen Victoria School in Auckland, and a mission worker among the Maori people for many years, died last December in Nelson, aged 90.
Miss Brereten was born in Ireland and came to New Zealand with her parents in 1875.
At the age of 17 she joined the Anglican Maori Mission and nursed in the Waikato, King Country and Northland.
She was appointed headmistress of Queen Victoria School in 1921, a post she held for 15 years. After this she returned to the Maori Mission in Northland, based at Kaikohe, although she returned to the school in a relieving capacity for a period.
Miss Brereton was well into her 70's before she retired to live in Nelson. She continued to live an active life and when she broke a hip about five years ago she took up the task of translating books into braille.
Mr Albert (Opai) Asher
One of the most famous of Auckland Maori footballers, Mr Albert Asher, generally known as ‘Opai’, died in Auckland last January, a few weeks after his 85th birthday.
He represented Auckland at Rugby 21 times between 1898 and 1907, and in the following year was one of the first Rugby men to transfer to Rugby League.
In the latter sport he captained the City Club team for three seasons and continued to play until after the First World War. retiring in his mid-40s.
Mr As [ unclear: ] er played for the North Island in 1902. His greatest moments in Rugby were with the 1903 All Black team which was unbeaten in 10 games in Australia and which is still regarded by many old enthusiasts as the greatest All Black team in history.
Mr Asher's brilliantly elusive running on the wing yielded 17 tries, a record which was not eclipsed until 1951, and his feats of hurdling tacklers made him the sensation of the tour.
He was a fireman throughout his working life and was famous in the days of the horse-drawn vehicles for leaping from the wagons and sprinting many blocks to the fire.
Canon Te A. Te H. K. Kaa
Canon Te Anga Te Hihi Kahukiwi (Dan) Kaa, the Anglican Maori priest for the South Island, died last March at Wyndham, in Southland. He was aged 51.
Canon Kaa was born at Rangitukia on the East Coast, and was a member of Ngati Porou. He was educated at Te Aute College, Auckland University (where he gained a B.A., majoring in Hebrew and Greek) and St John's College. He served in the Tokomaru, Taupo, Porangahau and Waipatu (Hastings) pastorates in the North Island, and in recent years served in the South Island, where he took a most valuable part in a great many Maori activities.
An authority on Maori language and culture. Canon Kaa was a member of the Maori Bible Revision Committee and of the committee respon-
sible for revising the standard Maori dictionary. He was a foundation member of the Maori section of the National Council of Churches, and contributed greatly to its development.
He was a member of the Masonic Lodge of New Zealand.
Canon Kaa is survived by his wife Flo, by five daughters, Anna, Kiwi, Marata (Cindy), Kuni and Grace, and three sons, Terence, Hunaara and Bennett. He was the brother of the Rev. Tipi Kaa of the Waiapu pastorate at Tikitiki.
After a service in Christchurch the body rested at Te Tatau o te Po, Lower Hutt, before being taken to Rangitukia for the funeral.
Mrs Rua Kahurangi Riri
Rua Kahurangi Riri, the wife of Maunga Riri of Ngati Raukawa, Otaki, died suddenly at her home on 9 April. A member of a well-known family famed throughout Maoridom as gifted musicians, she was the sister of the late Kingi Tahiwi and of Pirimi Tahiwi of Wellington.
The funeral was held at Raukawa marae.
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