He Poroporoaki Lady Raiha Mahuta passes

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Kua mimiti te puna ki Taumarere!
Kua tau nga kohu ki runga i nga marae o Waikato Taniwha Rau!

Aue, te mamae!
E Raiha, e te rangatira, kua haere koe.
Kua mutu te mamae i to tinana, kua mamae inaianei to whanau, to iwi.
Haere ki o tipuna, haere ki to hoa rangatira, waiho matou i konei tangi ai.

Respected Rangatira o Tainui, Lady Raiha Mahuta has passed away this morning at the age of 67.

LadyRaihaTMaori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples paid tribute to the vision, tenacity and determination of Lady Raiha Mahuta of Ngati Manu and Ngati Rangi of Ngapuhi in a statement released this morning.

Lady Raiha commanded great respect in her dealings with the Crown and Dr Pita Sharples called her a formidable leader and negotiator. Saying,

She had a quiet presence on formal occasions, but she led from the front, and the people stayed close behind her, he said. She had many leadership roles in Tainui affairs, notably as Kaahui Ariki representative on Te Ara Taura and co-negotiator with Tukoroirangi Morgan on the Waikato River claims.

The New Zealand Herald reported that Lady Raiha and Tukuroirangi Morgan, who leads Tainui’s executive board Te Arataura, negotiated with the Crown on behalf of Waikato-Tainui in 2008 signing a settlement deed with the Labour government which guaranteed it a $210 million fund to clean up the polluted Waikato River, and a river co-management deal between itself and the Crown. Mr Morgan said through a spokeswoman that Lady Raiha was to have attended today’s Joint Management Agreement signing with The Waikato District Council at Ngaruawahia. The agreement will allow the council to engage with Waikato-Tainui on matters of commonality, including the planning and regulation of the Waikato River. Mr Morgan said Lady Raiha would have been happy to finish the job that her husband, the late Sir Robert Mahuta, started.

Lady Raiha will today be taken to Turangawaewae marae, where she will lay in state briefly outside the house, Mahinaarangi. She will then be taken to Tainui’s endowed college at Hopuhopu to where Sir Robert is buried. Her tangi will be held at Waahi Marae, Huntly, tomorrow and Thursday before she is taken to her home marae, Karetu, near Russell in the Far North on Friday morning for burial.

Moe mai e kui i roto i te Atua, pai marire

Image courtesy of the Waikato Times.

1 COMMENT

  1. Katahi ano ka rongo te korero kua hinga nei a Lady Raiha….no muri nei ko nga whakaaro mo aana tamahine e noho nei i runga i te kapua pouri i tenei wa, e okioki e whae ki te kapunipunitanga o nga wairuam kei reira to hoa rangatira e tatari ana mou.

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