The passing of a Tokoroa matriarch (Radio New Zealand)

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South Waikato iwi Ngati Raukawa are mourning the death of tribal stalwart Emare Nikora, who helped start Tokoroa’s first kohanga reo in 1986.

Mrs Nikora was also a founder of the Raukawa Trust Board and the iwi’s radio station.

She was awarded a Queens Service Medal for services to Maori.

Homai Uerata, a kaipapaho at the radio station, says Mrs Nikora was involved in all aspects of Maori development, but the reo held a special place in her heart.

I was deeply moved at a recent hui where her mokopuna gave a really stirring tribute to her grandmother, honouring the legacy she has provided them through a foundation built on kaupapa and tikanga Maori” said MP Te Ururoa Flavell

Emare was also involved in the Maori Womens Welfare League, a trustee of Raukawa Television and a co-founder of the Ngati Raukawa Trust Board.

Mrs Nikora is lying at Maungatautari marae. Burial service at 11am on Friday.

All our love Whaea Emare…

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