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Whakahokia te reo mai i te mata o te pene, ki te mata o te arero – Te Wharehuia Milroy Dies Aged 81

He mea rongonui a Te Wharehuia ki ngā kaupapa o te reo Māori, tana panekiretanga, tana whakarauora.

I tipu ake a Wharehuia, he uri nō Tūhoe me Te Arawa ki roto o Ruātoki, hei tāna “nā Tūhoe au i poipoi, nā Tūhoe aku whakaaro i whāngai mai ki ahau.”

I whakapau kaha tēnei tētēkura mō te reo Māori. I whiwhi ia i te tūranga pūkenga i te Whare Wānanga o Waikato, i āwhinatia te whakatū i te wāhanga Māori i reira.

I te tau 2012 i whiwhi ia i te Tohu Hapori mō āna mahi nunui ki te reo Māori.

Hei tā Peeni Hēnare “ko ōna tapuwae nui ki runga i te mata o te whenua.”

I tomo ia ki ngā tūranga maha, otirā ki ngā poari pēnei i te Te Taura Whiri, Te Poari Matua o Te Kōhanga Reo me te Rōpū Whakamana i te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Nā Wharehuia rātou ko Tā Tīmoti Kareti, ko Ahorangi Pou Temara, e karangatia nei ko te ‘Tokotoru o Paewhiti’, te Panekiretanga i whakatū.

E ai ki Pou Temara “he iti ngā tangata pēnei ināianei” ā, i tāpiri atu ia, “he tipua, he tipua ia.”

Hei tā Kahurangi Maxwell, he tauira a Te Wharehuia, “Ehara i te mea i pupuri ia i ōna mātauranga, i hora ki te motu.”

Ko ia tētahi manutaki i te ope whakarauora i te reo.

I mate atu a Te Wharehuia i te ata o the whitu o Mei, nā te mate i roa i ngau i a ia. Kei te takoto ia ki te taha o tana makau a Niwa, ki Mātaatua marae.

 

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To many, the name Te Wharehuia is synonymous with Te Reo Māori, its excellence, and its revitalisation.

A descendant of Ngāi Tūhoe and Te Arawa, Wharehuia Milroy grew up in Ruātoki. He stated “it was Tūhoe that raised me, and framed my world view.”

This stalwart spent much of his life dedicated to Te Reo Māori. He was given a professorship at the University of Waikato, and assisted them in establishing their own school of Māori Studies.

In 2012, he was appointed as a companion of the Queen’s Service Order for his services to the Māori language.

Labour MP Peeni Hēnare said “he had left an impression on Māori Society as a whole.”

He held numerous positions, and sat on numerous boards, including Te Taura Whiri, the Māori Language Commision; the Kōhanga Reo National Trust, the national board for Māori immersion early childhood centres; as well as the Waitangi Tribunal.

Wharehuia, along with close friends Professor Pou Temara and Sir Tīmoti Karetu, started Te Panekiretanga, The Institute of Excellence in the Māori Language.

Professor Pou Temara stated ”there are not any other like him in this day and age,” and went on to state that he was a “tipua”—a legend.

He was a man “who didn’t keep his knowledge to himself, rather shared it to his people, to everyone,” stated Kahurangi Maxwell, a student of Te Wharehuia.

Wharehuia was at the forefront of those people who encouraged this generation in its journey to reclaim what has been described as a taonga.

Wharehuia passed away early in the morning of May 7 after a long battle with illness, and is buried by his wife Rangiāniwaniwa.

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