He Aituā – Dr Ranginui Walker
Kia hiwa rā, kia hiwa rā
Kua hinga he totara teitei nō te wao nui a Tāne
He ahorangi, he rangatira, he kairangi o Whakatōhea, o Mataatua waka
Ko Tākuta Ranginui Walker
Ka taka te kapua pōuri kia tātou katoa mō te wehenga o tēnei tangata rongonui
He mihi maioha, he mihi aroha ki tana hoa wahine a Deidre, ā, ki te whanau pani katoa
Tēnā koutou katoa
We are deeply saddened by the news that esteemed Māori academic, historian and tribal leader of Whakatōhea, Dr Ranginui Walker, has passed away. He was a staunch and fierce advocate of Māori rights and made a significant contribution to Māori as well as to Aotearoa as a nation. Many of our members will have been influenced by his teachings and writings as well as his ongoing analysis of the relationship between Māori and non-Māori.
Dr Walker started out as a student at Hato Petera College in Auckland and went on to become a primary school teacher. He authored numerous books and papers on topics relevant to Māori, including the renowned book Ka Whawhai Tonu Matou. Undoubtedly one of the most important books ever written in Aotearoa. Dr Walker became a professor and was the head of department in Māori Studies at The University of Auckland and was appointed a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2001 New Year’s honours list. He was appointed to the Waitangi Tribunal in 2003 where he sat as a well-respected member on Te Paparahi o te Raki District Inquiry panel. His impact on how we view ourselves and our history has been immense. We are so much richer for his keen intellect and steadfast belief in understanding and addressing historical injustices suffered by Māori. He was truly unique and has set a high benchmark for all to follow.
Dr Walker will be escorted by Whakatōhea and his whanau to Ōrākei Marae on Wednesday 2 March 2016 at 11am. The funeral service begins at 11am on Friday, 4 March 2016, at Ōrākei Marae, followed by a private cremation with his whanau.
THRMoA intend to take an ope onto Ōrakei marae on the afternoon of Wednesday 2 March 2016. For those able to be part of the ope, please gather near the waharoa by 3.30pm. Please contact Ihipera Peters at email@example.com if you have any pātai.
Haere atu rā e te rangatira, hoki atu ki tō ūkaipō okioki ai.