December 01, 2017
Toko Renata Te Taniwha an inspirational leader
Pare Hauraki has lost a Taniwha.
Toko Renata Te Taniwha died at his Manaia home on Wednesday aged 86.
The former Hauraki Maori Trust Board chair was a major presence in regional and national Maori politics for decade, steering his iwi through the treaty settlement process including playing a prominent role in debates over fisheries allocation.
Tipa Compain from Ngati Whanaunga says he was a wonderful and inspirational leader.
"Many a time have I sat beside him and learned so much from a man who dedicated his whole life to not only showing an example for his whanau and his family particularly in Manaia but for our tribe and for Pare Hauraki katoa. A lot of mahi this koroua, this rangatira has done for his people and for Maoridom in fact," he says.
The tangihanga for Toko Renata is at Manaia Marae in Coromandel, with the funeral service on Sunday followed by burial at Pumoko Urupa.
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