“Ka oti, ka oti ngā mahi e,
E tū e Maniapoto, kumea mai ngā iwi,
Ki roto i ngā mahi kia kotahi rā,
Ngā mano i a koe, ngā mahi i ahau,
Ka oti, ka oti ngā mahi e...”
Nei rā mātou o Te Mana Hauora Māori ka tīkina atu ngā kōrero a tō iwi hei kupu poroporoaki i a koe e te māreikura e Te Muranga, otirā, i te āhuatanga o tō mura, kua tineia.
Te Mana Hauora Māori (the Māori Health Authority) acknowledges the passing of stalwart, leader and advocate for urban Māori development – Dame Te Muranga (June) Batley-Jackson.
Described as an “agitator”; known for her “no-nonsense” approach; and respected by her peers, who include the likes of Tā Tipene O’Regan and the late Sir Bob Mahuta - her fierce advocacy of urban Māori concerns, instilled an admiration amongst many iwi leaders for the force de majeure that she was.
“She was unapologetic about the need for a joined up approach for Māori who lived away from their iwi localities, and pioneered the early conceptual underpinnings for urban Māori movements like MuMA and Waipareira such that they are now normalised institutions in te ao Māori today, “ says Co-Chair Tipa Mahuta.
“She was a disruptor and a visionary thinker ahead of her time and her example is a source of inspiration for us here at Te Mana Hauora Māori as we embrace similar challenges in our mahi,” says Co-Chair Sharon Shea.
Our thoughts and aroha are with the whānau as we join our words with the many other accolades that will come out in recognition of Kahurangi Te Muranga’s long life of service and dedication to our people.
Nō reira, kei te māreikura o Te Nehenehenui, i haoa ai ngā reo rerekē o ngā iwi maha o Te Tāonenui kia kotahi ai, nei rā mātou ka mihi. Ko ō mahuetanga iho e kore rawa rā e warewaretia.
Nō reira, e te matahiapō o tō iwi o Maniapoto, o tō marea o Tāmaki ki te tonga, kia au te moe.