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No. 57 (December 1966)
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HAERE KI O
KOUTOU TIPUNA

Mr Hana Tamaka, O.B.E.

South Taranaki's leading Maori spokesman, Mr Hana Taua Tamaka, O.B.E., died at Hawera on 8 August after a brief illness. He was 63.

Chief of the Ngati-Ruanui sub-tribe, Mr Tamaka, like his father before him, the late Mr Awarua Tamaka, was a member of the Taranaki Maori Trust Board, and had been chairman for the last 10 years.

Born in the Taiporohenui area, he spent his whole life in the district, farming there and at Ohangai.

He was a director of the Ohangai Dairy Company for 15 years, a member of the Rangiatea Methodist Maori Trust, the Taranaki Museum Board, the Taranaki Patriotic Council and the Hawera Rotary Club, Mr Tamaka was a man of wide and varied interests, and was awarded the O.B.E. in 1958, for his service to the Maori people.

After a service at the Taiporohenui Pa, attended by hundreds of Maoris from all over New Zealand, Mr Tamaka was buried at the tribal cemetery.

Mr Tamaka leaves his wife, Mrs Whakamamairoa Tamaka, three daughters and a son, Reta (Mrs Maui, Hawera), Bella (Mrs Tutauha, Wellington), Manu (Invercargill), and Tawa (Mrs Teaotonga, Hawera). Five children predeceased him.

Mrs Oriwia Rehu

Mrs Oriwia (Olive) Rehu, who played a leading role in the Arowhenua Maori Pa's affairs for many years, died suddenly at her home in early August. A former president of the Arowhenua Maori Women's Welfare League, and president for nearly 30 years of the Arowhenua Red Cross, Mrs Rehu had lived at the pa for 46 years since her marriage.

Mrs Rehu was born in Otaki, a member of the Ngati-Raukawa tribe. She was a daughter of Mr and Mrs Pihopea Hawea, and during her life in Arowhenua was an acknowledged expert on the Maori language. She taught Maori language, arts and crafts, and Bible class at the Arowhenua Maori School for some years, and also conducted courses in Maori language at the Adult Education Centre in Timaru for a period.

Keenly interested in all forms of Maori culture, Mrs Rehu was the composer of many Maori action songs used on special occasions at Arowhenua Pa, and she was always on the marae to welcome visitors on formal occasions.

She was interested in the closer association of Maori and pakeha relations, and encouraged visits to the pa by neighbouring European organisations.

Her two daughters, Ranui and Elizabeth, were among the first Maori pupils of Timaru Girls' High School, for Mrs Rehu was alive to the advantages of a good education, and she attended the inaugural meeting in Timaru of the Maori Education Foundation to which she continued to give active support. Both daughters became registered schoolteachers, and Elizabeth later look the leading female role in Bruce Mason's play The Pohutukawa Tree.

Mrs Rehu is survived by her husband, Mr J. P. Rehu, and by two daughters, Ranui (Mrs J. Brooking) and Elizabeth (Mrs Murchie, Dunedin). There are 15 grandchildren.

Revd N. K. Kukutai, M.B.E.

The death of Reverend Ngatete Kerei Kukutai, M.B.E., on 1 August has deprived the Maori people of an outstanding leader.

Ngapaka, as he was familiarly known to many people both Pakeha and Maori, was a member and chieftain of the Ngatitipa subtribe of lower Waikato. He came of a line of chiefs whose names are familiar to students of the history of that area.

In early manhood Mr Kukutai became a lay preacher of the Methodist Maori Mission. In the year 1934 he was received by the Mission as a full-time Home Missionary, and appointed to the King Country where he lived in Te Kuiti and served for many years. In the year 1941 he was ordained as a Maori Minister and he retired from full time employment in 1954 and returned to his home town of Tuakau.

Mr Kukutai early identified himself with

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The Reverend N. K. Kukutai with his wife on the occasion of his presentation with the M.B.E. in 1961
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the King Movement and after the death of the late Revd Heemi Rihimona, Mr Kukutai was appointed by the late King Koroki as his personal chaplain and leader of the arrangements for all services at Turangawaewae Pa, Ngaruawahia, in connection with the Movement. He travelled widely with King Koroki, acting as his personal chaplain, and his voice was heard on most of the maraes of this land when Waikato visited afield.

He was richly equipped for his task. He had a full repertoire of the waiata and ritual of his people. He was listened to with respect and it was a great personal joy to him to represent Koroki on any marae in greeting distinguished visitors. Never was this more marked than at Ngaruawahia itself where he became a recognised authority on the culture of his people.

Even after his retirement from full time church work, Mr Kukutai continued to serve as a supernumerary Minister and he gave unsparingly of his gifts to the service of his people.

In 1961 he was honoured by the Queen with the M.B.E., an honour well deserved which he carried with dignity. He was a staunch supporter of King Koroki and the Kingitanga, and it was his urgent wish to pay the last tribute to both Atairangikaahu and Koroki in their funeral services at Taupiri. In spite of growing weakness he was determined to be there in each instance, and the loyal old friend was assisted by strong younger men to climb the slippery clay steps of Taupiri, the burial place of kings.

Following the death of King Koroki, Mr Kukutai's strength slowly ebbed away and he passed away quietly at his home in Tuakau.

The tangi was held at Nga Tai E Rua Pa at Tuakau where large crowds gathered to honour the memory of a beloved leader; and his body was laid to rest at Taupiri on Friday, 5 August 1966. He lived a full, active, and useful life and he died honoured and trusted by all who knew him.

Mr J. T. Waetford

Mr James Tono Waetford, a much-respected elder of the Ngapuhi tribe and long a public worker for the Maori people of Northland, died in Whangarei on 13 September, aged 59.

Mr Waetford, with the former Chief Judge I. Prichard, was a member of a special committee set up to report on Maori land titles. This committee made far reaching recommendations which are still being considered by Government.

Most of his Public Service career was spent working for better utilization of Maori land and to improve land titles for Maoris. Most of his work was done in North Auckland but from time to time he gave a helping hand in other Maori Land Court districts.

Many hundreds of Maori families in North Auckland have Mr Waetford to thank for the good title to their farm. Much of the success achieved in land development and settlement in North Auckland can also be attributed to

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Mr Waetford's work. He carried the gospel of land development to all corners of the district and more than anyone, he was responsible for persuading Maori owners to bring their land under development.

Mr Waetford was one of the last of the old school of Maori title experts employed by the Department of Maori Affairs, and his death leaves a void that can never be filled.

He was chairman of the Whananaki Maori Committee, a member of the Whangarei Maori Committee, and a member of the board of trustees of the Whangarei Maori Community Centre.

At one time he was chairman of the Tai Tokerau District Council and is an exchairman of the Northern Maori branch of the National Party. He contested one general election as the party's Northern Maori candidate.

Mr Waetford is survived by his wife Mange, and children Betty, Reokara, Wiwi, Hepi, Kaare, Tiuka, Aroha, Uru, Don, Jonathan, Maraea, Carolyn, Charlotte, Cushla and Rory.

Hemi Tono Wetiwha i mate ki te Hohipera o Whangarei i te 13 Hepetema.

I kurangia ki Whananaki, Whangarei Haikura me Tipene. I tu ia hei kai whakaako mo nga tau maha mo Tipene i te wa ko Albert Wilson te tumuaki. He tamaiti whakaaronuitia e ana matua o Ngatiwai, Ngatikahu, Te Parawhau, Uriroroi o te takiwa o Whangarei. I takoto ia i tana marae i Whakapaumahara, Whananaki. I ngaro ia ki te urupa hou o Whananaki i te puke tirohanga iho ki te marae—ona tau 59. I moe i a Mange o te whanau a Rongo raua ko Hiku Paraone Kawiti o Opahi. He taonga tangata a raua (16) tamariki.

Pae Peeni Henare

Ko te kuia tenei a Peeni Winiata Henare teina o Tau Henare M.P. I mate ki Motatau e 86 ona tau. He kuia aroha ki ana mokopuna me te iwi, a he mema hoki no te Roopu Whaea o Motatau.

No Ngati Tuwharetoa tetahi wahi o tenei kuia—a ko Atimana Atimana te ingoa o tona matua.

Riiwi Toeke, o Kaikou

I mate ki te Hohipera o Whangarei. He tamaiti ia na Puhi Paraone Kawiti raua ko Tia Toeke o te Orewai, hapu no Ngatihine. He tangata i noho ki Ngatikahungunu, a he tamaiti hoki i kurangia ki M.A.C. Hastings. He tangata kuti hipi, mahi puihi, whiu kau mahi hoki a he toa mo te whutupaoro i a ia e taitamariki ana. Ona tau 62. He pouaru.

Henare Te No Mahanga

He uri tenei no Mahanga rangatira o Ngatikorora i Whangarei. I noho a Te Matenga ki tana kainga i Pataua. He tamaiti marama tenei, he kai arahi he kai tuitui i tana hapu o Korora—ona tau 65. Kahore he tamariki a raua ko tana kuia engari he maha nga tamariki whangai. He rangatira no Ngatikorora. Haere e kara ki te Ariki.

Mei Keretene

Ko te hoa rangatira tenei o Hoori Winiana Keretene o Motatau. He tamaiti matamua tenei a Rev. Canon W. H. Keretene raua ko Te Paea. He wahine whakaiti, aroha ki te iwi a he mema hoki no te Roopu Whaea. Ko te potiki tenei a Tau Henare M.P. raua ko Hera—ona tau 54. E waru a raua tamariki—kua nunui katoa.

Ruka Herewini

He kaumatua tenei no Rangi Point, Hokianga. I noho ki Akarana mo nga tau maha raua ko tana kuia ko Taha, he uri no te Rapihana o Pukepoto o te Rarawa, Kaitaia. He tangata i mohiotia e te rahi, e te iti o Ngati Akarana. He pou no te Hahi Ingarangi—i ngaro ki Rangi Point. Ona tau 87.

He pou a Ruka Herewini no te Hahi i roto o Tamaki Makaurau raua ko tana hoa rangatira a Kahutaha. He uri ia no te Minita tuatani o Hokianga Rev. Piripi Patiki. He takere hoki no Ngati Akarana. I moe ia i waenganui i ana matua tupuna i Waiparera i te wahi hoki kei reira a Rev. Hone Papahia.

These Maori obituaries were sent in by Hoterene Keretene.