May 15, 2017
Great Weka of Ngai Tahu dies
Ngai Tahu is mourning one of the main architects of the Ngai Tahu Settlement.
Trevor Howse QSM died on Friday surrounded by his whanau at the St Albans Retirement Village in Otautahi.
As a member of the Ngai Tahu Maori Trust Board, Trevor Howse helped put together the vast volumes of information presented to the Waitangi Tribunal which challenged existing views of the history of Te Waipounamu, in the process of earning the title Te Weka Nunui o Te Iwi, the great weka of the people for his feisty and curious nature.
Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox says Mr Howse was well known across Aotearoa – whether it be through shearing in the Wairarapa, driving trucks in Gisborne, or in supporting other iwi to understand processes developed during the settlement.
He brought the same energy he put into exploring the national archives for the claim into the later Cultural Mapping Project that is helping to distinguish Ngai Tahu identity.
Ms Fox says his discipline and belief in the importance of whakawhanaungatanga, was shown through his skilful negotiations with the iwi of Te Waipounamu to work together on kaupapa like Whanau Ora.
Trevor Howse is lying in state at Tuahiwi Marae with a service to be held tomorrow at 11am, followed by private cremation.
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