He Poroporoaki: Sir Paul Reeves

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Few people bring together all that is good about our nation like Sir Paul Reeves. He was a tireless campaigner for social justice, was afforded respect around Aotearoa, the Pacific and the World and was very generous with his time and with his kind words.

I only met Sir Paul once, as he was welcomed on as a member of the Waitangi Tribunal. He was soft-spoken with a smile that could light up a room. Many of us younger staff gravitated towards him and listened as he talked about his work in Fiji. These were volatile times for the Pacific nation and he said that he was able to talk to many of the people involved but never tried to tell them what they had to do instead, he would offer advice, talk about his experiences and then wait. Not many people wait these days.

Much has been written in tribute to Sir Paul Reeves and over the next few days, thousands will attend his tangihanga at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Auckland.

We here at TangataWhenua.com would like to pay special tribute to his whanau, his wife Lady Beverley and their daughters and want to remember the positive work Sir Paul did for Maori, for New Zealand, for the Pacific and for all in the spiritual world of the Anglican Church. His contribution to us all will never be forgotten.

Moe mai ra e te Rangatira, moe mai ra.

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