Poroporoaki: tribute to Bishop Brown Turei

Aue! Kua tau te hau rawhiti, ara te hau mahana o te ringa kaha o Aitua. Kei te rangatira, kei te Pihopa Matamua, haere atu ra ki o taua matua tupuna. He whariki mo matou nga morehu o nga waka. Haere e te rangatira, haere.

The Maori Party expresses its sadness at the passing of the Bishop of the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, William Brown Turei, ONZM, 28th Maori Battalion and son of Ngati Porou and Te Whanau-a-Apanui.

“Pihopa Tuei was a warm and humble man of the east but also brave enough to speak out when it mattered,” said Marama Fox, Ikaroa-Rawhiti List MP and co-leader of the Maori Party.

“I admired his fearless nature. He was an inspirational leader who provoked topical discussions on the Treaty of Waitangi, nationhood and even the police raids in Ruatoki.

“Our thoughts are with his wife Mihi, their children and mokopuna as well as the tribes of the East Coast and particularly the people of Waiapu Valley where he was raised.”

Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell said Pihopa Turei was a devout and loyal servant of God and Maori communities throughout the country.

“For more than 50 years he dedicated himself to a life of service for God and the people. Many whanau in my electorate will remember Pihopa Turei as he served in parishes in Tauranga, Te Puke and Whakatane,” said Mr Flavell.

“He contributed not only to religious communities, he was also very conscious and concerned about the education of Maori children and the incarceration of Maori which he showed through his involvement with Hukarere Maori Anglican Girls’ College and at Napier Prison.”

Marama Fox and Te Ururoa Flavell, Maori Party co-leaders

Aue! Kua tau te hau rawhiti, ara te hau mahana o te ringa kaha o Aitua. Kei te rangatira, kei te Pihopa Matamua, haere atu ra ki o taua matua tupuna. He whariki mo matou nga morehu o nga waka. Haere e te rangatira, haere.

The Maori Party expresses its sadness at the passing of the Bishop of the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, William Brown Turei, ONZM, 28th Maori Battalion and son of Ngati Porou and Te Whanau-a-Apanui.

“Pihopa Tuei was a warm and humble man of the east but also brave enough to speak out when it mattered,” said Marama Fox, Ikaroa-Rawhiti List MP and co-leader of the Maori Party.

“I admired his fearless nature. He was an inspirational leader who provoked topical discussions on the Treaty of Waitangi, nationhood and even the police raids in Ruatoki.

“Our thoughts are with his wife Mihi, their children and mokopuna as well as the tribes of the East Coast and particularly the people of Waiapu Valley where he was raised.”

Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell said Pihopa Turei was a devout and loyal servant of God and Maori communities throughout the country.

“For more than 50 years he dedicated himself to a life of service for God and the people. Many whanau in my electorate will remember Pihopa Turei as he served in parishes in Tauranga, Te Puke and Whakatane,” said Mr Flavell.

“He contributed not only to religious communities, he was also very conscious and concerned about the education of Maori children and the incarceration of Maori which he showed through his involvement with Hukarere Maori Anglican Girls’ College and at Napier Prison.”

Marama Fox and Te Ururoa Flavell, Maori Party co-leaders

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