20 Jun 2009

Te Arawa mourns inspiring teacher

9:40 am on 20 June 2009

Te Arawa has farewelled a kuia whose commitment to education was an inspiration to hundreds.

Waatea News reports Maxine Joan Te Arapokahau Tamahori, who died on Friday at home in Auckland aged 92, was taken on to Tamatekapua marae in Ohinemutu by her six children.

Mrs Tamahori's brother-in-law, Bishop Kingi, says she was a member of the Hayward whanau, and was from Ngati Rangiteaorere, Uenukukopako and Ngati Rangitihi.

Mr Kingi says she worked extensively as a school teacher in the Bay of Plenty and East Coast without undergoing formal training, and pursued her own education extra-murally to masters level. In later years she became a teacher of Maori.

Maxine Tamahori was to be buried on Sunday at St Faiths Church.