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Aotearoa loses a great Māori leader

He aituā!  He aituā!

Ka tau te kākahu taratara ki runga o Hikurangi maunga.  Ka rere iho ngā roimata ki roto I te awa o Waiapū.  Ka tere tonu ki te pākau o te Rāwhiti.

The Labour Party today pays its respect to Ngati Porou leader Apirana Mahuika who has died after a long illness.

“Apirana Mahuika was a born leader. Not only as the head of Ngāti Porou but as an ordained Anglican minister for more than 50 years, and a teacher and scholar,” Labour Leader Andrew Little says.

“Uncle Api, as he was affectionately known, worked tirelessly to improve the lives of his people through education and his drive for self-determination and self-reliance for Ngāti Porou.

“He also worked hard for all New Zealanders though his work as chair of the Iwi Leadership Forum and the positions he held on at Waikato University’s Climate Change and Te Kotahi Research Institute and on many other boards.

“Last year Police honoured him for helping them strengthen their relationship with Māori.

Labour’s MP for Ikaroa-Rāwhiti Meka Whaitiri said Ngāti Porou had lost a great leader.

“His passion and commitment will be remembered not only by his whānau but by all of Maoridom.

Nō reira e te pononga a te Atua, e Apirana hāere koe ki ōu mātua tūpuna kua mene ki te po.  Ki te whakamaunga kekete, e kekete mai ai te kekete, e ara mai ai te ara.  Mahue iho mātou ki muri nei moe mai rā e te rangatira.

Ko ngā whakaaro atawhai ki te whānau pani otirā ki te Tai Rāwhiti whānui.