He Aituā – Matiu Dickson
Kia hiwa rā, kia hiwa rā
Kua tipu, kua rea, kua wao, ana kua hinga he totara nō Tauranga Moana, Ngai Te Rangi, Ngai Tuwhiwhia me Te Whakatōhea.
Ka taka te pōharatanga o te Ao nō tōna ake ngaro.
He mihi ki te whanau Rikihana e noho ana i raro i te kapua pōuri.
Tēnā koutou katoa
It is with deep sadness and aroha, that we inform you of the passing of Matiu Dickson – nō Ngai Te Rangi, Ngai Tukairangi, Ngai Tuwhiwhia me Te Whakatōhea. Many of our members will have known Matiu both personally and professionally, and in most cases a fusion of the two.
Matiu was a Senior Lecturer and Associate Dean Māori at Te Piringa Faculty of Law at the University of Waikato. He was well versed in Te Ao Māori and Te Ao Pākehā – his colleagues, whānau, students and all those he shared kaupapa with will miss him dearly. Within Te Ao Māori, Matiu had a particularly keen interest in kapahaka, having worked his way through from spectator, participant, tutor, composer and Kaiwhakawā at Te Matatini. He spent a number of years teaching at all levels. He was a District Councillor in Tauranga before becoming a barrister and solicitor, and later a sole practitioner.
Te Hunga Rōia Māori o Aotearoa will remember Matiu for his many and valuable contributions to Te Ao Māori and Te Ao Pākehā. He was a regular supporter of our Hui-ā-Tau and the composer of our Te Hunga Rōia Māori waiata. We send our deepest thoughts and condolences to his whānau.
Matiu has been taken to Hungahungatoroa Marae, Matapihi, Tauranga. We understand that the nehu will begin on Sunday 10 April 2016 at 11am.
THRMoA intend to take an ope to the marae on Sunday at about 9am for those who are able to attend. Please feel free to contact Rachel Mullins on 021 1900 799 or Aidan Warren on 021 1900 788 if you have any pātai.
Haere atu rā e te rangatira, hoki atu ki te korowai aroha ō rātou mā, okioki ai.