He poroporoaki: Kateia Burrows
Dr Pita Sharples has lent his voice to the wail of sadness that continues to grow, at the heartbreaking news that Kateia Burrows has died. Kateia affiliated to Ngati Porou and Rarotonga and was considered a paradigm of leadership, skill, while holding a “fierce intellect and huge commitment to taonga Maori said Sharples.
Kateia was at the centre of Maori culture in London since 2003.
Kateia established Manaia, a Maori performing arts company in London which alongside of cultural performances taught traditional Maori culture and skills in schools throughout the UK.
She was deeply involved with Ngati Ranana (London based roopu); a Maori language school (Kiwa) and had made such a distinctive presence in the London setting that in 2006 she was nominated for ‘New Zealander of the Year’.
In fact it was being so far away from whenua and whanau that promoted Burrows and take, Karl to look at Te Ao Maori (their culture and heritage) within the context of London. They began to focus their energy into what they loved, and were foundational to much of what is the Maori cultual community in London today.
Maori language, kapa haka and mau taiaha flourished under Burrows’ guidence. She established the Manaia Performing Arts Company, now a regualar feature at both New Zealand and non-New Zealand events. Her language school (KIWA) is the first of its kind and teaches anyone who’s interested at various levels. She has also introduced the traditional art of taiaha – ancient Maori weaponry – to London.
The following was posted by Manaia admins on their Facebook page:
Haere atu ra e te wai o oku kamo
Hei hari korero atu ki taku Huia kaimanawa
He Huia rere uru
He Huia rere whiti
Aue e hika ma, huritia mai taku Huia e
The Burrows and Daniela whanau will lay Kateia to rest at Mangere Lawn Cemetery (85 McKenzie Road, Mangere) on Friday with an 11am service. In the meantime, Kateia will lie at her home at 108 Clonbern Road, Remuera until Thursday. At 11am on Thursday following karakia, Kateia will be taken to Hoani Waititi Marae (451 West Coast Road, Oratia). At 7pm a Family Service will be led by the Aitutaki whanau followed by poroporoaki. On Friday at 9am we will have karakia before leaving Hoani Waititi for Mangere. All urgent enquiries please contact Karl Burrows on 0211300715.
No reira e hine, haere atu ra i runga i to waka wairua, ko te waka tena e kore e tahuri, ko te waka tena e kore e hoki whakamuri. Hoki atu ki Hawaiki, okioki atu ai. Haere, haere, haere.