October 30, 2017
Nuki Aldridge a fighter for Ngapuhi independence
One of the strongest voices for Ngapuhi tino rangatiratanga has been stilled.
Nuki Aldrige, the long serving secretary of the Taumata Kaumatua o Ngapuhi, died yesterday morning in Kawakawa Hospital. He was in his early 80s.
Taitokerau District Maori Council chair Rihari Dargaville says Mr Aldridge retired to Kaeo in the early 1990s, after working as a telephone linesman.
He immersed himself in the affairs of the north, including joining the taumata which was set up in response to concerns over the Sealord Fisheries Settlement, and also set up Maori organisations around Whangaroa Harbour, which he persuaded people to call by the older form of Whaingaroa.
His tangi is at Mangaiti Marae in Kaeo.
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