February 17, 2015
Ngati Porou succession in good hands
Ngati Porou is looking to its succession plans now that it has farewelled its rangatira Apirana Mahuika.
Mr Mahuika was buried last week after a tangi that drew thousands of mourners from around the motu.
Tribal member Willie Te Aho says Te Runanga o Ngati Porou will meet next month to elect a new chair.
He says it’s unlikely one single person would fill all the roles taken on by Mr Mahuika in his 80 years, but he had given considerable support to younger relatives, such as Selwyn Parata, Education Minister Hekia Parata, his eldest son Matanuku Mahuika and Aotearoa Fisheries chair Whaimutu Dewes.
" From my perspective its not about replacing uncle because he's irreplaceable, but ensuring we have the strong leadership. And if you looked at any of the footage from the tangi, and you looked around that marae, you would have seen it oozing of Ngati Porou that are actually there and that have been mentored over the last 30 years by uncle, to be able to continue the work of the tribe " says Willie Te Aho
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