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Erima Henare passes away

“Takitaki ana nga whetu o te kahui o Matariki” 

Aue e te motu kua hinga te rata tumaru, te waha kii o Te Tai Tokerau a Erima Henare.

Kua mimiti te puna o Taumarere, tu kau te whare korero o Ngati Hine, mou e kara e Erima. 

Te kai-waha i nga taonga o te Ao Māori, he pukenga ki te marae, he kai whakamarire i te whare, he kai ruirui i nga purapura mo to tatou reo me ona tikanga. 

Haere atu e kara ki te tini, ki te huinga o te kahurangi. Ko tenei wehenga ou, he whakapouri i te Iwi Māori, Pakeha katoa. 

Ma matou to whanau e tautoko i tenei wa o te kakahu taratara. 

Kia tau nga manaakitanga.  

Ngati Hine leader Erima Henare has died suddenly.  

“The son of the late Sir James Henare and father of Tamaki Makarau MP Peeni Henare, Erima Henare was a prominent leader in the Maori world whose knowledge, language  and humour will be impossible to replace,” says Kelvin Davis Labour’s MP for Te Tai Tokerau.  

“All the tribes of Te Tai Tokerau, in particular Ngati Hine, and across the country mourn the loss of a great man. The Labour Party sends its condolences to his whanau and hapu. 

“Mr Henare was the head of the Maori Language Commission, an advisor to the Maori King, and a respected authority on the ancient and modern history, reo and tikanga of Te Tai Tokerau. He was the executive director of Maori at Open Polytechnic of New Zealand, a member of the Waitangi National Trust Board and a Maori cultural adviser to Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga.

“A star from the constellation of Matariki has faded,” says Kelvin Davis.