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No. 68 (1970)
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HAERE KI O
KOUTOU TIPUNA

Joan Te Kani

The people of Tauranga were shocked to hear of the death of Mrs Joan Te Kani at the early age of 34. She was an energetic leader of her people, and had won the respect and admiration of both Maori and Pakeha. Her tangi at the Hunga Hunga Toroa marae at Matapihi was the largest in the Tauranga area in recent years, as hundreds from all walks of life came to pay tribute.

She was born at Te Puna, attended Tauranga College and Ardmore Teachers' College, and taught at several Bay of Plenty Schools. At the time of her death she was on the staff of Arataki Primary School and also taught Maori culture at Mt Maunganui College.

In many spheres Joan Te Kani was involved in working for the welfare of her people, being honorary secretary of the Tukairangi Maori Committee for nine years and organiser and public relations officer of the Ratana Youth Movement. She was also very active in campaigning for the Labour Party.

She leaves her husband and twin sons.

Dan Kingi

Raniera Te Tawhiti Kingi, a chief of the Arawa confederation of tribes and a leading Ngati Whakaue elder, died at his home in Rotorua aged 75. He was one of the few people left who had been born on Mokoia Island, in the middle of Lake Rotorua.

Mr Kingi was educated at Rotorua Primary School and Te Aute College. He served in the First World War, and was invalided home after being gassed.

When the Arawa Maori Trust Board was formed in 1924, Dan Kingi became its secretary, a position he held for 21 years until ill-health, the result of his war injuries, forced him to retire.

His services to his people were recognised by the award of an O.B.E. in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 1966.

Irene Tipene

Mrs Tipene, aged 65, died in a Sydney hospital. She was a foundation member and president of the Polynesian Club and of the Maori Club in Sydney, and taught Maori culture to pupils of primary schools in Sydney.

Mrs Tipene's great-grandfather was Tuhirangi, and her great-grand-uncle was Hone Heke.

Her ashes were to be returned for burial in New Zealand.

Peta Maynard

A service was held at his birthplace, Manutuke, for Petera te Hiwiroa Maynard who died in Gisborne aged 77.

After attending Manutuke School and Waerenga-a-Hika College, Mr Mavnard became a shearing contractor until he was appointed district organiser for the New Zealand Worker's Union in 1938. a position he held until his retirement five years ago.

Keenly interested in his people's welfare, Mr Maynard was an original member of the New Zealand Maori Council, took an interest in Maori land problems, being closely associated with Judge Carr, and took a leading role in the local Anglican community. His services to his people and to the community in general were recognised when he was appointed a Justice of the Peace.

He is survived by his second wife, formerly Reremoana Watson, and 15 children. A former wife, Te Ata Heperi, and two children predeceased him.

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Thomas Taitapanui

Well known in Te Karaka and the surrounding area as Tommy Rutene, Thomas Tuta Taitapanui died suddenly as he cycled through the township.

For about 20 years Mr Taitapanui worked for the Ministry of Works, maintaining the state highway between Waipaoa and Waikohu, and was known to the majority of residents in the district.

The son of Mr and Mrs Rutene Taitapanui, he was born at Rakaiketeroa near Te Karaka in 1905, and at an early age came with his parents to live in the township. He completed his education at Te Aute.

In 1924 Mr Rutene was married to Matilda Parata of Tokomaru Bay. Though handicapped by almost total deafness, Mr Rutene had a wide interest in community affairs, particularly in the Te Karaka Fire Brigade and the St John's Ambulance Association.

Mr Taitapanui is survived by his wife and family, James, Lovey, Charlie and Tuta.

Captain Pirimi Perarika Tahiwi

‘Prim’, as he was known to young and old, died at his Island Bay home at the age of 78. He was born in Otaki and educated at Otaki Maori College, Te Aute College and Wellington Teachers' College.

Before and after the First World War he was a teacher, and resident Master at Otaki Maori College until the Second World War. He went overseas with the pioneer Maori Battalion, and soon attained the rank of Captain. He served in Egypt, Gallipoli, France, Belgium and for a period did garrison duty on the island of Malta. He was severely wounded at Gallipoli, and was evacuated to England. During his convalescence he was asked to command the New Zealand troops through London to attend the first ANZAC service ever held — conducted by the Bishop of London in Westminster Abbey.

During the Second World War he served as instructor with the Maori Battalion from 1939 to 1944.

He had great pride in his Maoritanga, and taught Maori language and culture for many years. He was president of the Wellington Tribal Committee for 15 years, and for a long time was honorary welfare officer in the Levin-Otaki area.

With his wife he went on the Gallipoli pilgrimage, conducting a special service in honour of his Maori people, in memory of his fallen brethren, advancing slowly to the memorial, greenstone mere in his hand, and reciting Maori laments.

His funeral service was held in St Paul's Cathedral, Wellington, and many, from all walks of life, came to pay him tribute. After'tributes at Raukawa marae, the final committal service was held in Rangiatea Church. He is survived by his wife, Mairatea Tahiwi, M.B.E.

Haere e Pirimi
Haere ki te Po
Haere ki te Okiokinga
Haere ki tatou Ariki
Haere ki o Tupuna