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No. 61 (December 1967)
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Te Ra Motu

Mrs Te Ra Matekino Joseph Motu, eldest child of Hera Te Aorere Kingi and Anaru Eketone of Waikato-Maniapoto tribes, died recently.

Mrs Motu was a foundation member of her local branch of the Maori Women's Welfare League at Te Kumi, Te Kuiti. She was the first district council president for Maniapoto in which there were 22 branches with a membership of 400.

With the late Mrs Francis Paki, of the Waikato district council, she helped to form the national body of the league.

Mrs Motu was a leading member of the Ratana Church and received a badge of honour for 20 years' excellent service with the Women's Christian Temperance Union.

In 1962 she joined a delegation of Maori women to the world triennial conference in Melbourne of the Associated Country Women of the World as observer for the Maori Women's Welfare League.

Mrs Motu was admired for her methodical approach and conscientiousness in all she did. She was enthusiastic about arts, crafts, homecraft and gardening.

She is survived by seven sons and three daughters.

Ripene Matthews

Mrs Ripene Matthews of Tauranga died in August aged 52.

Born in Tauranga, she was the daughter of Kapene Rahiri, the paramount senior elder of the Ngatikahu, a sub-tribe of the Ngati Ranginui. Her mother, Henetie, was a descendant of Ruiha, an Arawa woman who married a Scottish nobleman.

Although she did not receive a higher education. Mrs Matthews always recognised the value of learning and strove to make use of every facility in this direction.

By much sacrifice and careful plannning she gave her children the very best opportunities, resulting in her adult children occupying positions including university lecturer. State registered nurses and successful business people. Her two youngest girls are still at College.

A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, she devoted more than 25 years of her life to teaching in the church kindergarten and classes of teenage pupils.

Always working in the background of her church and public activities, Mrs Matthews was known to a wide circle of friends who were all affected by her love, service, duty, quiet modesty and pride in her work.

She is survived by her husband, five sons and five daughters.

Rima Mina-rapa

Several hundred Maoris gathered at Maruata (near Pehiaweri) to pay their last respects to the late Mr Rima Parata Mina-rapa who died in August, aged 93. He belonged to the Ngapuhi sub-tribe Ngati-hau.

Mr Parata Mina-rapa was a paramount chief of the Ngati-hau and spent most of his life at Maruata. He was loved and respected by both Maori and Pakeha.

He was well known, too, as an expert builder of stone fences, many of which can be seen today still standing on farms at Maungatapere, Ngararatunua and Maruata.

He was also a well-known bushman and at one time was the overseer of a team of workers who gave their services free to clean bush from land for occupation by Maori farmers from Pataua, Tahere and Waiomio.

As a foundation member of the Pehiaweri Maori Anglican Church he was known for his deep spiritual convictions and devotion.

Mr Parata Mina-rapa is survived by his wife Te Huihuianga, seven daughters, four sons and many grandchildren.

Emily Reweti

The death occurred at Auckland on 18 October of Emily Reremoana, second daughter of Te Niwa and Peeti Tumango Turoa of the Atihaunui a Paparangi tribe, Whanganui. She was

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the wife of Leon Reweti and mother of Tracey, Derek, and Lee.

After a tangi at the home of her parents in Wanganui and a service conducted by Pastor Hodgkinson of the Seventh Day Adventist Church she was laid to rest in the Aramoho cemetery.

Victoria Tatana

The eldest daughter of the late Rangiriri and Martin Winiata of Levin, Mrs Victoria Tatana passed away on October 30, aged 64. She descended paternally along the Whatanui line from Erenora to Winiata of the Ngati Raukawa Tribe, and maternally from Mareti, chieftainess of the Tuwharetoa Tribe.

Educated at Levin, she learned the piano and was well known as an accompanying and dance pianist. As a vocalist, she toured Australia with a Maori Concert party.

A faithful follower of the Church of England, she served consistently, and once was the only woman attending a synod.

Mrs Tatana's many interests included Maori culture, repertory work, Maori Women's Welfare League and Country Women's Institute. She was one of the founders of the Maori Battalion War Memorial Trust in Palmerston North, while in later years she became a keen bowler.

Together with her husband, David Tatana of Levin, engineer and ex-Maori All Black, whom she married in 1926, she settled in Taupo in 1951. They created Taupo's first motel (Tumanako) and finally settled on Poihipi Road.

During her years in Taupo, Mrs Tatana set an example for her people by conducting her affairs in the Maori land courts with confidence and determination; understanding the laws governing Maori lands and their complications was second nature to her. She had the reputation for being an astute business woman.

Mrs Tatana is survived by her husband, two sons, two daughters and five grandchildren.