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No. 53 (December 1965)
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Lady Parehuia Carroll

The death occurred on 1 September of Lady Parehuia Carroll, wife of Sir Turi Carroll, chairman of the New Zealand Maori Council.

A member of the Ngati Kahungunu tribe, she was in her 68th year.

She and her husband married in 1922 and had one child, Mrs Mako Paku.

Widely known and loved, Lady Carroll was a tireless worker for her people.

A gentle woman of unfailing kindness, she constantly supported her husband in his work, though remaining unobtrusively in the background.

Many hundreds of Maori and Pakeha mourners gathered at Taihoa marae for the funeral. Among those present were Mr J. R. Harrison, M.P. for Hawkes Bay, who represented the Prime Minister Mr K. J. Holyoake, the Minister for Maori Affairs, Mr J. R. Hanan, and Sir Eruera Tirakatene, M.P. for Southern Maori.

The Primate of New Zealand, Archbishop N. A. Lesser, presided at the service. The cortege then moved to her home marae at Huramua, and to the family cemetery there.

Mr Turau Te Tomo

Mr Turau Te Tomo of Mokai, one of the leading rangatira of Ngati Tuwharetoa, died suddenly at Turangawaewae on 14 October. He was aged 70.

Mr Te Tomo was a son of the late Mr Taite Te Tomo, a former Member of Parliament for Western Maori. His mother belonged to the Rongomaiwahine sub-tribe of Ngati Kahungunu, and was from the Mahia Peninsula.

From the age of about 40 years, Mr Te Tomo took a keen interest in Maori culture, and he became known throughout the country as an authority on Maori tradition, especially Maori waiata. In recent years much of his knowledge was preserved in writing and on tape.

He was an outstanding figure on the maraes, an orator of the highest standard.

A member of the Ngati Tuwharetoa Trust Board, Mr Te Tomo was keenly interested in Maori land development and was one of the main sponsors of the very successful Tuaropaki scheme at Mokai, and the adjoining Waipapa scheme.

He was a staunch supporter of the Maori King Movement.

His wife Marata belongs to the Turner family of the King Country on her father's side, and on her mother's side to the Paerata family of Ngati Tuwharetoa. Mrs Te Tomo is herself an authority on Maori waiata.

From Turangawaewae the cortege moved to Waihi Pa, Taupo, calling in on the way at Kauriki marae, before proceeding to Mokai and to the ancestral burial ground at Waiwharangi.

Mrs Sarah Thompson (Tamehana)

The death occurred last September of Mrs Sarah Thompson of Morrinsville. The wife of Tumuaki, Wiremu Tarapipipi Tamehana, she had been closely associated with the King Movement since her marriage.

Mr Wiremu Tamehana is the great-grand-son of Wiremu Tamehana The Kingmaker, who was a close friend and advisor of King Potatau and King Tawhiao, and was one of the first high chiefs of the Waikato to embrace Christianity.

Mourners from all parts of the Waikato, Bay of Plenty, King Country, Hauraki and Auckland tribal areas gathered at Rukumoana Pa for the funeral.

Mr Joe Takurua

The death occurred last August of Mr Joe Takarua, eldest son of the late Mr Takurua Tamarau, O.B.E., one of the leading rangatira of the Tuhoe tribe.

Mr Joe Takurua was born in the Ureweras, and spent his youth there. He showed a strong interest in mechanics, and later joined a contracting team. Subsequently he joined the staff of Tasman Paper Company at Kawerau.

People from all parts of the Bay of Plenty attended the funeral at Ruatoki.

Mr Takurua is survived by a widow and seven children. There are several grandchildren.

Mr Noa Akuhata-Brown

The death occurred recently of Mr Noa Akuhata-Brown of Te Araroa.

A member of Te Whanau-a-Tuwhakaiora, Mr Akuhata-Brown gave much service to the community over a period of many years.

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For 35 years he was a member of the Rerekohu District High School Committee, and for 25 years served as chairman. He was keenly interested in the recently-established Play Centre at Te Araroa.

Much of his time was devoted to tribal affairs, and for many years he served in various capacities on the tribal and marae committees of Hinerupe and Tutua. At the time of his death he was chairman of the Kawakawa Maori Committee and local representative on the Horouta No. 1 Maori Executive Council, of which he was also vice-chairman. Several years ago he was made a Justice of the Peace. In 1964 he was appointed one of the Matakaoa representatives on the Waiapu County Council. He was recently the sole nominee for Horoera representation in the forthcoming elections.

In recent years Mr Akuhata-Brown undertook considerable research into local and tribal geanealogy and had become the accepted voice of the people of Te Araroa at tribal gatherings.

He is survived by his wife Hilda and three sons: Messrs Joseph Brown, at present in Western Samoa. Mick Brown, Te Aroha, and Busby Brown, Te Araroa.

Mr Wiremu Hape Taipana

The death occurred last August of Mr Wiremu Hape Taipana, an elder of Arowhenua, Temuka. He was aged 74.

He was the elder son of Hana Kaikoro and Te Hape Taipana of Ngati Rongomai, a sub-tribe of Ngati Mamoe.

During the First World War he served in France as a member of the Pioneer Maori Battalion. For many years he worked in the building trade, working in many different parts of the Island and living for 20 years in Wellington. He returned to Arowhenua in 1953 and interested himself in the affairs of the community.

He is survived by two sisters, Mrs Thompson of Wairoa and Mrs J. Henderson of Tinwald, and by his brother, Mr Charles Taipana of Arowhenua.

Mr Tuki Reihana

The death occurred recently of Mr Tuki Reihana of Arowhenua, Temuka. He was aged 55.

Mr Reihana was the second son of Tekakati Reihana of Arowhenua and Isabella Wakefield of Little River. He was predeceased by a fortnight by his younger sister, Hana Reihana.

Mr Reihana served in the 28th Maori Battalion in World War II.

As the only Maori dairy farmer in the area he put to good use the family lands which he leased. He served for many years on the Arowhenua Pa Runanga, and was an energetic and stalwart worker in communal activities.

He is survived by his wife Hui Tipene and a son, Brian.

Miss Tuini Ngawai

The death occurred on 13 August of Miss Tuinui Ngawai of Tokomaru Bay, the well-known East Coast song composer and entertainer.

Miss Ngawai belonged to Te Whanau-a-Rua-taupere a sub-tribe of Ngati Porou.

Her first song, He Nawe Kei Roto, was written in 1933, and was performed informally at the opening of To o te Tonga meeting house at Tokomaru Bay. It was for this occasion that she organised one of her earliest haka parties.

Her well-known Hokowhitu-a-Tu party was first organised in 1939 to give a final leave farewell to (Ngati-Porou) C Co. boys at Tokomaru Bay. Her song for that occasion was Arohaina Mai, one of her best known compositions.

Miss Ngawai was closely associated with Sir Apirana Ngata, who used her party a great deal for fund raising. One of the greatest tributes he paid to her was when, soon after the war, he arranged for her to teach action songs in the East Coast schools.

Tuini Ngawai's complete works comprise well over 200 songs. Many of them are concerned with the universal themes of poetry—love, death, war the peace of God. Others, such as her shearing songs, are lively and accomplished songs of everyday life. Many others are songs of welcome.

Her songs are strongly individual in character, with language which is pure, economical, forceful and precise. She excelled in the blending of words, music and actions. Sometimes she composed her own music, but usually she based on on a popular tune of which her hearers were already fond.

She wrote her last song, during a period of ill-health, for the Maori reception to the 1965 Springboks at Gisborne.

The funeral was at Tokomaru Bay.

Mr Tamati Hakaraia

The death occurred last October of Mr Tamati (Kehu) Hakaraia of Otako. He was aged about 80.

A member of one of the town's most widely known families, he was a gentle and kindly man, highly regarded in the district.

In earlier years he won high ranking as a Horowhenua representative football and hockey player.

After a tangi at Raukawa there was a funeral service in Rangiatea. The interment took place in the Catholic cemetery.

In an obituary for the late Te Atairangikahu Mahuta, wife of King Koroki, which appeared in the June issue of ‘Te Ao Hou’, it was incorrectly stated that their daughter Princess Piki was adopted.

We apologise for this error.—Ed.