September 16, 2022
Visionary Maanu Paul shook up Maoridom
A visionary and a mover and shaker for Maoridom.
That’s how Pouroto Ngaropo describes his Ngati Awa tribesman Maanu Paul, who died yesterday at the age of 83.
He says the long-serving Mataataua District Maori Council chair turned ideas into action.
He represented his people at regional, national and international level, bringing to the task a passion and commitment to empower and support Maori aspirations.
“He’s one that would challenge the consciousness of Maoridom and he would challenge also to consciousness of pakehadom. If he felt something was wrong he would let people know about it. If he felt that it needed to be challenged more than just saying something, next minute he’s in the Waitangi Tribunal. Next minute he’s in the Maori Land Court. Next minute he’s on the marae telling people. Next minute Maanu is doing something that is transformative. He doesn’t just talk it. He does it. He’s a mover and shaker of te ao Maori,” Mr Ngaroto says.
The tangi for Maanu Paul is at Wairaka, with the nehu at 10.30am tomorrow.