Poroporoaki ki a William Ratahi Pitman
Maori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples acknowledged with great sadness the death of William Ratahi Pitman, the former National President of the 28 (Maori) Battalion Association. He was 94 years old. “Bill Pitman was one of four brothers who enlisted with the Maori Battalion – and ...Continue Reading...
Tributes flow for fallen patron
(SunLive) Tributes are flowing as the nation mourns the death of New Zealand’s first Maori Speaker of the House, Sir Peter Tapsell. Sir Peter died in his sleep at his Ruatoria Farm on Thursday, April 5. Sir Peter Tapsell died in his sleep on Thursday. Sir Peter, 82, entered Parliament as a ...Continue Reading...
Rev Hone Kaa’s passing a ‘loss to the nation’ (TVOne)
Rev Hone Kaa’s passing a ‘loss to the nation’ UPDATED 11:20 Reverend Hone Kaa has been described today as a respected kaumatua who fought to better the status and wellbeing of children in New Zealand. Kaa, of Ngati Porou and Ngati Kahungunu, passed away at Auckland Hospital ...Continue Reading...
Wellington pays respects to Blanket Man (Ben Hana)
Wellington will farewell a well-known vagrant today, but the growing shrine near his favourite spot will be gone in a week. A public memorial service for Ben Hana, known as Blanket Man, who died in Wellington Hospital on Sunday, will begin at Waitangi Park at 10.15am. Wellington City Council ...Continue Reading...
Carmen Rupe’s live to be celebrated next month
AUCKLAND – New Zealanders will have the opportunity to pay tribute to the ‘Mother of Equality’ and New Zealand icon, entrepreneur, and inspiration, Carmen Rupe, (Ngati Maniapoto) at a maumahara (memorial service) in Auckland on Saturday, 11 February 2012. Carmen passed away peacefully in the ...Continue Reading...
He Aitua | “Blanket Man” Ben Hana (Ngati Whatua) has died (+video)
Wellington street personality Ben Hana (Ngati Whatua), more commonly known as “Blanket Man”, has died. Hana, 54, died in Wellington Hospital at 3.35pm today, a Capital and Coast District Health Board spokeswoman confirmed. Authorities had become increasingly concerned about his ...Continue Reading...
He Aitua – World mourns the lost of young wahine leader
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 ...Continue Reading...
Tribute to Jade Foster, Waiariki Journalism student
Kia ora whanau Last year, Chanz Mikaere and I were fortunate enough to be be invited to speak on local issues with the Waiariki Journalism course. Amongst the group of inquisitive journos, we met Jade Foster – a skateboarding brother from Wellington who wanted to learn more about ...Continue Reading...
He Aitua – Sir Henare Ngata passes
Sir Henare Ngata, a Ngati Porou elder and one of few remaining Maori Battalion veterans, passed away this morning, at the age of 93. Sir Henare, the son of prominent politician and lawyer Sir Apirana Ngata, served with the Maori Battalion during World War II. His father, whose likeness appears ...Continue Reading...
He Aitua | Nuki Waaka – Maori Vocanics founder dies
One of the founders of showband the Maori Volcanics has died. Band frontman Nuki Waaka, 79, died in his sleep on Sunday November 27. At this stage it is unclear what caused his death. He had been due for a hip operation in just under two weeks, but this is unrelated to his death. Having […]Continue Reading...
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