Prominent Te Arawa kaumatua Rawiri Te Whare dies after battle with diabetes

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Greg Taipari | Rotorua Daily Post

Rawiri Te Whare who died today after a long battle with diabetes.

Prominent Te Arawa kaumatua Rawiri Te Whare has died after a long battle with diabetes.

Mr Te Whare was instrumental in helping bring to a successful conclusion an $85million Treaty of Waitangi deal plus an apology from the Crown for Te Arawa in 2009. He died at Waikato Hospital this afternoon with whanau (family) at his bedside.

Awarded the Companion of New Zealand Order of Merit for his work to Maori, Mr Te Whare was the chief negotiator for Te Pumautanga o Te Arawa trust, which represented an affiliate of 11 iwi in their Waitangi Treaty settlement negotiations with the Crown.

He was also recognised by his iwi Ngati Tahu/Ngati Whaoa in 2010, with the chieftainship for his work during the settlement process.

Waiariki Institute of Technology kaumatua Ken Kennedy said Mr Te Whare’s death was a huge loss for Te Arawa.

He has joined a number of great leaders Te Arawa has lost over the last few years. Rawiri was a great man and is a huge loss for us.

Mr Kennedy said it was not only his work during the Treaty negotiations but his work with teaching te reo Maori.

“He was a key component at Waiariki with the teaching of our language. He always knew it was an important factor in keeping our culture alive. He will be missed.”

Mr Kennedy said the family were bringing Mr Te Whare back from Waikato Hospital to lay in rest at his home tomorrow.

  • He was hopeful Mr Te Whare’s body would be taken to Tangatarua Marae tomorrow morning for a short ceremony before being taken to Ohaaki Marae.

3 COMMENTS

  1. We had the pleasure of working with Rawiri during direct negotiations. A humble and intelligent man with the highest levels of integrity and honesty. His contribution has been huge. We will miss him.
    Claire, Ash and Howard
    Sinclair Robertson Associates

  2. Hoki Wairua e Koro e Ki a ratou Ma Kua Ngati atu Ki Te pouriuri Ki Te PO tangitango, Ki Te PO I Oti atu, haere Te Whakaihuwaka Te pitau whakareia Ki tua o Te arai Ki Paerau Ki Te Pukenganui o Tawauwau ki Te Putahitanga o Rehua, Ki o Kuia Ki o Koroua Ki o Matua me o karangarangatanga maha e tatari ana mou, ko Te Aroha mutunga kore! Hoki atu koe Ki Te Hau kainga tuturu mo taua Te tangata, to Wairua Ki a Io Matua nui, to kikokiko Ki Te koopu o Papatuanuku! E Te Koroua ngakautapatahi, ngakau marae haere atu ra, haere atu ra! Arohanui Tui Matira Ranapiri-Ransfield xxxx Ki Te kirimate tenei Rangi ka noho koutou I raro I Te kapua pouri o aitua, apopo, ka riro I tetehi atu, kia kaha, Kia u Ki Te maia, Kia manawanui, Kua Ora ano a Papa I Nga Rangitupapa! Xxxxx

  3. Amazing leader and Negotiator of the last millenium, for Central North Island Iwi.

    Under the leadership of Rawiri Te Whare Ngati Tahu/Whaoa, Maori from Te Arawa waka and Mataatua have been left an incredible legacy. He aspired to the heights expected of a great Rangatira

    Haere atu ra haere atu ra te Rangatira Rawiri, our regards to Pat and the wider whanau

    Hawea Whanau
    Ngati Awa, Ngati Manawa & Whare

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