November 18, 2014
Final blessing for Ngati Ruanui elder Paul Carr
Ngati Ruanui and other Taranaki iwi are in mourning for kaumatua Paul Ponui Kimiora Carr, who died suddenly at his Wellington home on Thursday in his 70th year.
Mr Carr carried the legacy of childhood illness throughout his life, but overcame obstacles and was fond of saying ' every day was a blessing '.
He was prominent in the capital’s Maori Catholic community and was part of a delegation that traveled to Rome to petition for a Maori bishop.
Friends say he lived out the Gospel teachings, especially giving to the poor.
When he ran a restaurant in New Zealand’s first food court at the BNZ tower, he and his family fed the homeless paying customers.
The Vietnam veteran, railway worker and driver was also a friend and confidante of many politicians from his time working as a parliamentary chauffer.
Paul Carr is survived by his mother Matekitawhiti Carr, his surviving brothers, and his wife Carolyn and their four children.
The funeral service is at Wharepuni Marae in Hawera tomorrow morning.
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