June 11, 2015
Contribution to tribal claim valuable
Ngai Tahu leader Sir Tipene O'Reagan has paid tribute to Maarire Goodall, one of the key strategists behind the Ngai Tahu claim, who died yesterday.
Dr Goodall was a leading cancer researcher in the United States and New Zealand before joining the Waitangi Tribunal as its first permanent staff member in 1986.
He guided several significant claims including Muriwhenua Fisheries to the report stage, and after leaving the tribunal he helped Ngai Tahu on its claims.
"He was a hugely intelligent, hugely able personality and made a great contribution. We use to call him our Dr Who because he had this amazing capacity with these new fangled computers and things of that kind. He was also in his personal life fascinated by music and in late life when he was quite unwell and in retirement he went off under an assumed name and took himself through a degree in music at Victoria University" says Sir Tipene O'Reagan
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