He Aitua James Ponui Nicholls

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We pass on the words of Richard Orzecki to all – ka aroha…

Tena koutou e te whanau i raro i nga kapua pouri.

To our loving and caring whanau out there, I greet you all under the clouds of sadness that envelope us all at this time.

Last night I received a call fromToni that Jim Nichollshad passed away peacefullyat 2pm yesterday afternoon.I am not sure what the arrangements are as yet except to say that Jim will be laid to rest in Thames.

Na reira, nga mihi aroha ki te whanauNicholls i raro i nga kapua pouri. Therefore, I extend our condolences in heart and in mind to theNicholls family in their time of loss under the cloak ofsadness that envelopes them.

The Maori Party released the following statement:

Poroporoaki ki a James Ponui Nicholls

Ko te awha i Tikapa moana, he tohu riri!
Ko te waipuke i Hauraki, he tohu tangi!
Ko te whiu o te hau ki Moehau, ki Hauturu, he tohu mamae!
Ngati Maru, Ngati Whanaunga, Ngati Hako, e nga iwi o Pare Hauraki, o Tainui waka, e tangi, e tangi, e tangi.
Kua kapohia to koutou rangatira, kaumatua, kaiarahi, e te ringa kaha o Mate.
Jim, e te hoa, takoto mai ra, takoto mai ra takoto mai ra.
Kua mutu inaianei to whakapau kaha ki te kokiri i nga take o o iwi, waiho ma nga reanga e kawe tonu.
E kore e wareware nga hua i taka mai i o mahi, ki nga iwi katoa o te motu.
E te whnau pani, ka tangi hotuhotu mtou, ka pupu ake te aroha ki a koutou e uhia nei e te kakahu taratara o te mate.

The Maori Party has today expressed its sadness at the death of Jim Nicholls, of Ngati Maru, Ngati Whanaunga and Ngati Hako.

When you saw Jim, you saw the face of Hauraki said Tariana Turia, Co-leader and MP for Te Tai Hauauru.

In his capacity as Chair of the Kaunihera Kaumatua for Hauraki iwi and Kaumatua representative on the Hauraki Maori Trust Board; Jim was very much regarded by his people as a rangatira.

His input to the Tainui Waka Alliance was critical for their iwi exhibition which is to open at Te Papa Tongarewa next year, she said.

Jim was devoted to the mahi of the New Zealand Maori Council, said co-leader, Pita Sharples. In his role as deputy Chair and Chair of the Hauraki District Maori Council, he was a key spokesperson for the Council, actively representing their views on water allocation, foreshore and seabed, treaty settlements, and the full gamut of issues affecting tangata whenua.

As Minister of Maori Affairs, I have had regular contact with Jim in recent months on a range of issues including the radio spectrum and the review of the Maori Community Development Act said Dr Sharples.

We extend our sympathies to his whanau, to the people of Hauraki, and the members of the New Zealand Maori Council, said Mrs Turia and Dr Sharples.


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  1. Kia ora to Donna Awatere Huata and Mihirawhiti Searancke for the following information:

    Matua Jim will be at at Matai Whetu Marae, Thursday Sept 23rd 9.30 – Karakia Kopu, Thames and will then travel to a church in Thames.

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