Vale Wharehuia Milroy

Auē auē taukuri e…

Kua hinga tētahi o ngā mātanga reo rongonui o Aotearoa, o te ao Māori anō hoki.

E kara Te Wharehuia, haere. Haere ki tua o Paerau, ki te Pūtahi-nui-o-Rehua, ki te huihuinga o kahurangi. Haere ki roto i a rātou o te wāhi ngaro haere, haere, haere okioki atu.

Te Wharehuia Milroy. Image supplied with permission from Te Puni Kōkiri.

It is with much sadness that Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision acknowledge the passing of Professor James Wharehuia Milroy.

Te Wharehuia Milroy had a deep passion for te reo and tikanga Māori. Along with his Tūhoe kin and academic colleagues Professors Pou Temara and Sir Tīmoti Karetū he was instrumental in establishing Te Panekiretanga, the Institute of Excellence in the Māori Language.

He had a strong and deep belief in the succession and ongoing development of te reo Māori, mātauranga Māori and rapunga whakaaro, philosophy. He was also a keen golfer.

He sat as a member of the Waitangi Tribunal, hearing the treaty claims of Ngāti Whātua and Wairarapa iwi.

Milroy is a past trustee of Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust Board and a member of the New Zealand Geographic Board where he provided a Māori view and perspective involving the geography of New Zealand.

Professor Milroy received the Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the Māori language in 2012.

Nō reira, me noho tonu koe ki roto i te ringa kaha o aituā, e moe, e moe, e moe mai rā.

Farewell thee good sir.

 

Nā Lawrence Wharerau ēnei tuhinga

 

 

 

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