He Poroporoaki: Dr Tui Adams

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Dr Tui AdamsIt is with great sadness we let whānau know of the passing of Dr Tui Adams, a much loved and much repsected kaumatua, and to share our aroha to his whānau pani.

Dr Tui Adams (QSO Hon PhD (Waikato); Adj Professor (TWoA)) was a well respected Tainui kaumatua and cultural expert. Mr Bentham Ohia, CEO of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa said of Dr Adams:

He was a reservoir of knowledge and an expert in the knowledge systems of Waikato, Maniapoto, Hauraki and Raukawa…   Koro Tui was a man steeped in learning, who carried himself with humility and a quiet dignity.  He was an exceptionally generous man who committed his life to sharing the knowledge he had acquired, and in nurturing a passion for learning in others…  His passing leaves a great sadness in me and among the multitudes of people he touched. He was a deep well of knowledge who will be greatly missed. I will miss him, and have deep aroha for his whanau at this time” sadly and respectfully said Mr Ohia.

Dr Adams was a bedrock of support for Te Wānanga o Aotearoa co-founder and Tumuaki Rongo Wetere. A commitment continued, following the resignation of Dr Wetere, when Mr Ohia was appointed Te Pouhere.

Dr Adams was a kaumatua of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa and senior tutor of Te Arataki Manu Kōrero programme, a programme he co-founded with Dr Wetere. Te Arataki Manu Kōrero assist Tainui elders better understand Tainui tikanga and history. It was set up by Dr Adams to ensure the continuity of Tainui traditions and identity with a specific focus on kaumatua – the traditional repositories of Māori knowledge. The programme has continued to be very successful and has been adopted by many iwi and rohe throughout the country.

He was a recipient of the Queen Services Medal in 2000 for services to the Māori community and in 2003 received an honorary doctorate from The University of Waikato.  Moe Mai Ra e te Rangatira.

Te Wananga o Aotearoa mourns passing of respected Tainui kaumatua and academic Dr Tui Adams

22 August, 2009

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa Chief Executive Bentham Ohia today joined with leaders from throughout the country in marking the passing of respected Tainui kaumatua and cultural expert Dr Tuhuatahi Tui Adams, QSO; Hon PhD ( Waikato); Adj Professor (TWoA)

Mr Ohia said Dr Adams was a reservoir of knowledge and an expert in the knowledge systems of Waikato, Maniapoto, Hauraki and Raukawa.

“Koro Tui was a man steeped in learning, who carried himself with humility and a quiet dignity.”

He was an exceptionally generous man who committed his life to sharing the knowledge he had acquired, and in nurturing a passion for learning in others.”

Mr Ohia said the much loved and respected Tainui kaumatua retained a lightening wit and good humour despite deteriorating health.

“His passing leaves a great sadness in me and among the multitudes of people he touched. He was a deep well of knowledge who will be greatly missed.

“I will miss him, and have deep aroha for his whanau at this time.”

Dr Adams was a bedrock of support for Te Wānanga o Aotearoa co-founder and Tumuaki Rongo Wetere. A commitment continued, following the resignation of Dr Wetere, when Mr Ohia was appointed Te Pouhere.

Dr Adams was a kaumatua of Te Wananga o Aotearoa and senior tutor of Te Arataki Manu Korero programme, a programme he co-founded with Dr Wetere. Te Arataki Manu Korero assist Tainui elders better understand Tainui tikanga and history. It was set up by Dr Adams to ensure the continuity of Tainui traditions and identity with a specific focus on kaumatua – the traditional repositories of Maori knowledge. The programme has continued to be very successful and has been adopted by many iwi and rohe throughout the country.

He was a recipient of the Queen Services Medal in 2000 for services to the Maori community and in 2003 received an honorary doctorate from The University of Waikato.

7 COMMENTS

  1. this is a sad time for all that new tui adams, especally his whanau…. i have alot of aroha for tui as i was attending manu korero, a man of great knowledge and understanding.

  2. Moe mai ra e te Amokura rongonui o Ngati Maniapoto!! Takoto mai i te moenga roa, ki ona tupuna matua kua mene atu. Haere atu ra hei whetu i te rangi, tirama mai mo ake tonu atu…

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