Ngāi Tūhoe is today mourning kaumatua and healer Tikirau Stevens, who died yesterday. Mr Stevens was a Vietnam war veteran who served 20 years in the army before starting a second career in Māori Affairs and other Crown agencies.
MP Tariana Turia acknowledged Matua Tikirau’s contribution to Māori saying:
Tikirau retained the knowledge of his ancestors – he was an authority on Māori traditional health and healing and extremely passionate about the protection and promotion of it”
Tamati Kruger from Te Kotahi a Tuhoe says Mr Stephens moved back into the Tūhoe rohe after retirement and with his partner Thursday promoted the traditional rongoa practices he learned growing up around Waikaremoana.
He also played an important role in tribal affairs, helping guide treaty negotiations with the Crown.
He came in with an informed opinion, especially about matters between the relationship between the Crown and government and Ngai Tuhoe so he did have an astute view of what that relationship should be and how that relationship may evolve,” said Mr Kruger.
Tikirau Stevens will be taken back to Waimako Marae in Waikaremoana tomorrow, with the funeral on Monday.
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