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No. 58 (March 1967)
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Kapene Rahiri

Mr Kapene Rahiri, aged 75, died in October 1966. Mr Kapene was the chief of the Ngatikahu people, of Wairoa Pa Tauranga, and he was also a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, being a convert since 1921.

Kapene Rahiri was a man of many talents, dearly loved by his people and friends. He was devoted to Maoriland, its traditions and culture.

He set for the Maori people a fine example, of high ideals and hard work. He was a happy leader.

A fine craftsman, he was employed by the Ministry of Works, on the hydro power project.

In 1927 he went on a mission for the church. He was a great sportsman and loved his fellowmen. He is survived by his wife Henetu Ormsby, daughter of Sir Robert Ormsby, two daughters, and many grandchildren.

Tarere McMillan

The death occurred on 21 January, 1967, at Matakana Island, of Mrs Tarere McMillan, at the age of seventy-six. Born at Matapihi, she was the youngest daughter of Heeni and Tamati Tu. Her maternal grandfather was the paramount chief of the Ngaiterangi Tribe, Hori Ngatai, who fought against the British forces at that epic Battle of Gate Pa in 1864.

Mrs McMillan received her early education at the Otumoetai School, and later attended Hukarere College, Napier. In 1911 she married Tukunui (Joe) McMillan who served overseas in the 1914–18 war, being seriously wounded on the western front in France. After the declaration of peace the couple engaged in dairy farming in the Levin district for some years, and eventually returned to settle on Matakana Island.

Mrs McMillan is survived by two sons and three daughters, Her husband died in 1946 and another son predeceased her by two months. There are forty grandchildren and nine greatgrandchildren.

Panapa Haira

Last October, one of the leading elders of the Tuhourangi Tribe, Mr Panapa Haira, collapsed and died in the Wahiao meetinghouse, Whakarewarewa, shortly before he was to unfold plans for a major development scheme for the village.

Mr Haira was chairman of the Whakarewarewa Reserve Incorporation and he had called the meeting partly to explain his scheme, which involved the erection of a new dining room and the conversion of the existing dining-room. Te Tau Aroha.

Born in Te Puke 58 years ago, Mr Haira was in his younger days a keen and skilled rugby and tennis player.

Later he became a leading administrator for both sports and was president of the Whaka Rugby Club.

Mr Haira was twice married. His first wife was Mihitina Rehu who bore him nine children.

Following her death, Mr Haira married Miss Mere Paea of Taumarunui.

John Atirau Asher

Mr John Atirau Asher, one of the Taupo district's best known Maori leaders, died last December at his home at Korohe, near Turangi.

Mr Asher, who was 74, had a long association with the Tuwharetoa Trust Board. He was one of the original committee which negotiated the sale of the bed of Lake Taupo to the Crown back in the 1920's and subsequently took a major part in the administration of Maori land and timber rights.

He was an authority on the Tuwharetoa Tribe and his personal knowledge and background was backed by an extensive library on Maori Iore, history and genealogy.

Mr Asher went to the Taupo district from Tauranga and was a member of the Ngai Terangi Tribe. He was the first chairman of the Taupo County Council after serving from 1955 to 1962 on the original Taupo County Advisory Committee.

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Reremoana Taylor

Mrs Mel. J. Taylor, wife of the Prime Minister's Press secretary, and a prominent member of the Whanau-Opanui and Ngati Porou tribes died in Wellington on 30 January.

Mrs Taylor had done a great deal over the years to cultivate the traditional arts and culture among her people. A member of the Wellington Anglican Maori Club and the Ngati Poneke Young Maori Club, she toured Canada and United States and Britain with the Rev. Kingi Ihaka's concert party in 1965.

It was Mrs Taylor who led the massed clubs of Maori women who welcomed the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at Waitangi in 1953.

Mrs Taylor is survived by her husband, two sons Garry and Apirana, and two daughters Riwia and Haina.

The tangi was held at Petone Maori Meeting House.

Lawrence Inia Rikihana

The death occurred recently at Wanganui Hospital of Lawrence Inia Rikihana, aged 43. He was the oldest son of the late Hare. and Te Kahuwaero Rikihana of Ngapuna Rotorua.

He was educated at Whakarewarewa Primary School, St Stephens College, and Wesley College.

Mr Rikihana was noted for his artistic ability, was a keen footballer and also a well known singer amongst his many Maori and Pakeha friends.

As a civil servant with the Ministry of Works Department, he was transferred variously from Wellington to Hamilton, Whakatane, Rotorua and Nelson.

At the time of his death he was attached to the civilian branch of the Ministry of Defence at Waiouru Military Camp, where he took an active part in the social and cultural activities of the camp.