MP for Te Tai Hauauru, and Co-leader of the Maori Party, Tariana Turia, has spoken of her great distress in learning of the death of Taranaki entrepreneur and activist, Rata Pue.
“Rata was totally committed to investing in ‘by Maori for Maori’ solutions. He brought his considerable skills to bear in many areas of endeavour across Taranaki and was particularly committed to investing in Maori management of land assets”.
“When he returned to Taranaki he brought with him the vast experience of his professional career as a civil engineer; having worked as far afield as Canada, Samoa, Papua, Tahiti and Peru before returning home”.
“Rata was always prepared to push the boundaries, to challenge iwi leadership if required, and in his own words, he knew “how to listen, jump, organise to deliver”.
“Rata was a very strong environmentalist, with clear views around the impacts of climate change and emissions trading; and how to be protect our water supplies and manage our wastewater systems responsibly”.
“He could be humorous too, like at the Whanganui consultation hui on the partial sale of state owned assets, where he served the Crown panel with an invoice, urging the Government to consider paying their internal debt to iwi before selling state assets to pay our foreign debt.”
“It was with the greatest sadness that I learnt of his death on the farm which he had invested so much of himself into. Our greatest sympathies are extended to the Whanau, to the people of Parihaka Pa, and to Taranaki wh?nau who will be reeling at the loss of another key figure within their rohe”.
“Moe mai e koro, hoki atu ki tua o te arai, hoki atu ki a Hinenuitepo, ki te poho o te whenua. Moe mai, moe mai, moe mai.”