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No. 59 (June 1967)
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Revd Wiki Netana Patuawa

Many were present from Mangonui and Hokianga counties for the tangi and funeral at Mamaranui of the Revd W. N. Patuawa, mission curate in charge of the Parengarenga Maori Pastorate, who died in Auckland Public Hospital on 17 February.

Revd Patuawa was on the eve of his transfer from the Kaitaia Parochial District to mission work among the Maoris in Auckland, where his wide experience and mana would have made his work most effective, and was actually speaking at his farewell at Peria when he was taken ill.

He was widely respected by Maori and Pakeha alike, and ministered to both communities while in the north. His loss will be a blow to Anglican Church work in the wide field that has opened in Auckland, replacing to such an extent the former opportunities in the country, for the Revd Patuawa with his maturity, wide experience and knowledge of hundreds of people would have been an ideal choice.

Mr Patuawa was a member of the Ngati Whatua tribe and had connexions with Aupouri, the major tribe in the north. He claimed direct descent from the chief Ruatara, who was largely responsible for the bringing of Christianity to the Maori people by the Revd Samuel Marsden.

He was ordained priest in St Mary's Cathedral in Auckland in 1955, serving curacies at Waimate North, St. Thomas', Freeman's Bay, Kaitaia, Hokianga and Peria before taking charge of the Parengarenga Pastorate. He is survived by his wife, daughter and seven sons.

Kereti Tei Ringa McDonnell Scott

Many former comrades of the Maori Battalion and military personnel attended the funeral of Mr K. T. R. McD. Scott, which took place on 22 February at the Putiki cemetery.

St Paul's Memorial Church was crowded, and many had to remain outside. Those taking part in the service included the Revd C. Shortland, vicar of Putiki, the Revd Keith Elliott, V.C., a personal friend of Mr Scott and a former vicar of Putiki, and Canon Taepa.

During the service Mr Elliott paid tribute to Mr Scott's memory, stating that he was a staunch friend and a valued citizen. The large and representative gathering that day was eloquent testimony of the high regard in which he was held, said Mr Elliott.

Hohepa Kanara

Almost the last of the grand old men of the Aupouri Tribe, still resident at Te Kao, Mr Hohepa Kanara (Joseph Konrad) died on 26 February.

He was a link not only with the tribal days of the past but with New Zealand Pakeha and European history, for he was descended from a Colonel of the Prussian Army who fought at Waterloo, and his grandfather, Joseph Konrad, a draughtsman, who was born in Poland, came to New Zealand and was captain of Militia during the Taranaki campaigns in the Maori War.

Mr Kanara began his schooling at Kaitaia and was later sent to Auckland and apprenticed to the blacksmithing and wheelwright firm of Jones and Power for whom he worked for two years.

Then he ran away to sea, first serving for two years as a cabin boy, then carting sulphur from White Island, and afterwards in sailing vessels engaged in the timber trade to Australia.

He continued his education until he was 17 and after a year and a half on the Australian run gained his third mate's certificate and joined the Government vessel Hinemoa, making many voyages from New Zealand to the Islands and Australian ports.

Mr Kanara enlisted for the Boer War, but his contingent arrived after hostilities ended.

Sometime after 1903 he left the sea and after a variety of jobs took up about 45 years ago a big block of land near Te Kao and worked to break it in from the teatree and scrub that covered it. He ran a butchery and bullock

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teams, and had a launch.

In these years he gained a deep knowledge of the land, coastline and sea, and learned much history and many genealogies. This knowledge was sought by many in his last days, and he told visitors their family history and descent. He also gave much information that could be of use to the Lands and Survey Department in their development of Te Paki Station and other parts of the far north, for their announced policy is to respect historic sites, and he located many on a survey map.

Through his Taranaki ancestry Mr Kanara was related to many leading figures in Maoridom including Sir Maui Pomare and Te Rangi Hiroa (Sir Peter Buck).

He leaves a son and three daughters: Mr Fred Konrad, Te Kao; Mrs Agnes Tahitahi, Waihopo; Mrs Liza Tahitahi, Auckland; and Mrs Bella Melville, Thames.

His tangi was attended by visitors from New Plymouth, Rotorua, Thames, Auckland and all over Northland. The funeral was conducted by the Revd Waha Tauhara at the family cemetery at Te Kao.

Te Rakaherea Woodbine Pomare

The death occurred on 5 March of Mr Te R. W. Pomare, a son of Lady Pomare and the late Sir Maui Pomare.

Mr Pomare was in the Department of Health until he retired a few months ago. He was a public health inspector and was for many years a tutor in his profession.

He was for 25 years secretary of the New Zealand branch of the Royal Society for Health.

His father, the late Sir Maui Pomare, was in Parliament from 1911 to 1930 as the Reform Party representative for Western Maori, and was at one time Minister of Health.

Mr Pomare married Miss Madge Helen Ormond, a member of a well known Hawke's Bay family, and was a trustee for Te Atiawa people, of Taranaki. He was also patron of Te Aroha Maori Association during the time the committee was working for the establishment of the Maori meetinghouse at Waiwhetu.

At one time he unsuccessfully contested the Western Maori seat for the National Party.

Mr Pomare worked for four years on Maori health for the Department of Health, and carried out a survey in the late 1920s on Maori health and living conditions on the East Coast.

His sporting connections were mainly with rugby. While attending Wanganui Collegiate School, he won his First XI cap and played for the First XV. He represented Poverty Bay at full-back in the 1930s and also played in the same position for the Hutt club.

He was the national president of the Wanganui Collegiate School Old Boys' Association from 1962 to 1964.

Mr Pomare is survived by his mother, Lady Pomare, his wife and his family, Miria, Maui, Eru, Naera, Rakaherea and Toa.

Wakahuia Carkeek

Author of the recently published history The Kapiti Coast, Mr Wakahuia (Wattie) Carkeek died at Otaki recently. He was 35.

Employed as chief reader of the Dominion Mr Carkeek had been engaged for many years in an intensive study of early Maori history in the area between Titahi Bay and Otaki, and centred round the Ngati Raukawa people.

Published just before his death the book The Kapiti Coast which resulted from these years of work, is an authoritative, well illustrated and annotated story of the wild and colourful days before and during the first European occupation.

Descended from one of the most feared of the warriors of that period, Te Rauparaha's fighting chief Te Rangihaeata, Mr Carkeek had also published several pamphlets on aspects of Maori culture.

Maori and Pakeha were widely represented at the services at the Raukawa marae and Rangiatea church, conducted by Canon H. Taepa.

Mr Carkeek is survived by his wife and two children.

Ernest Going Loten

Mr Ernest Going Loten, headmaster of Te Aute College from 1920 to 1951, died in Waipukurau on 13 March, aged 82. His funeral service at Te Aute College Chapel was conducted by the vicar of Waipawa, the Revd J. M. Reed, assisted by the Archbishop of New Zealand, the Most Revd N. A. Lesser, who read the lesson, and Canon J. Tamahori, the college chaplain, who had been a head prefect at the college during Mr Loten's years as principal.

Canon Tamahori gave the address at the service.

At the end of the service, boys of the college sang a hymn in Maori as the cortege left the chapel for the Waipawa cemetery.

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Before the service, Mr Loten lay in state in the college hall, and Maori elders and old boys of the college had paid tribute in traditional fashion.

Tribute to Sir Eruera Tirikatene

Before commencing its work on 24 January last, the Maori Land Court of the South Island District paid tribute to the late Sir Eruera Tirikatene.

Judge M. C. Smith, followed by Mr J. E. Miller, spoke on behalf of those present:

‘E te iwi, tena koutou katoa!
E mau mai ana ahau i nga mihi aroha
a nga Tiati o te Kooti Whenua Maori
a Judge Jeune te Tiati Tumuaki
a nga Tiati katoa
Ki a Lady Tirikatene
Ki nga whanaunga
Ki te iwi o Ngaitahu, ki nga iwi katoa o Te Waipounamu
i te matenga o Sir Eruera Tirikatene.
Nga mihi aroha ki a koutou i roto i tenei wa pouri.

‘Sir Eruera was an outstanding Maori leader who served his race and his country with distinction over a lengthy period. He was a tireless worker towards the economic, social and spiritual advancement of the Maori people. In his personality were combined the most endearing qualities of a Maori of the old school—dignity, a warm heart and an irrepressible sense of humour.

I met him first some years ago when he was visiting relatives in Waitara and was delighted when he graciously called to have a chat with me in my chambers at a sitting of the Court here last year. I think he then knew well that his days were numbered. He refused to cease working, however, and preferred to die in harness—an act in itself characteristic of his life of service.

On behalf of Chief Judge Jeune, the other Judges of this Court and myself, I extend to Lady Tirikatene and family and to the Maori people generally our sincere sympathy in this time of sorrow.’