15 Aug 2011

Death of Sir Paul a huge loss for Maori

6:37 am on 15 August 2011

An Archdeacon of the Anglican Church says the death of Sir Paul Reeves is a huge loss for Maoridom.

The country's first Maori Governor General and the youngest ever Anglican Bishop died of cancer on Sunday - aged 78.

A tangi for him will be held at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Auckland from Monday.

Archdeacon Dr Hone Kaa says he will remember Sir Paul as a leader, who spoke his mind.

He says the death of Sir Paul is a great loss because he wasn't afraid to advocate for all things Maori.

Sir Paul is survived by his wife Beverley, and their three daughters.