(Radio NZ) Ngati Tuwharetoa and the motu are mourning Timi Te Heuheu, the younger brother of paramount chief Sir Tumu Te Heuheu, who has died after a long battle with cancer.
He was 68.
Mr Te Heuheu, the husband of former National Party minister Georgina Te Heuheu, took an active role throughout his life in representing the central North Island tribe’s interests.
Former Maori Affairs Minister Parekura Horomia says the news is a blow.
Timi was the ultimate supporter of his brother but he was also recognised in his own right all around the country. He was always waiting on people and supporting people and Timi will be sorely missed”. Mr Horomia says.
Prime Minister John Key also today paid tribute to Ngati Tuwharetoa leader Timoti (Timi) te Heuheu, who has passed away following a long illness.
“I was deeply saddened to be informed of Timi’s passing today.
“Timi dedicated his life to service. He was a hugely respected figure – within Ngati Tuwharetoa, Maoridom and throughout New Zealand.
“Timi was a great facilitator of relationships, a bridge between Ngati Tuwharetoaand other iwi, and between M?ori and the Crown. His ceaseless work to further those relationships – always with great diplomacy – will be remembered by many.
“He was a great support to his brother, Sir Tumu. Timi’s wisdom and experience will be greatly missed by all who knew and valued him.
“I would like to extend my condolences to Timi’s wife, Georgina, my colleague for nearly a decade. Both Timi and Georgina have worked for Maoridom with great passion for many years, and together they were a formidable team.”