E tangi ana te iwi o Maniapoto ki a koe e koro.
Takahia te ara kūiti o Hine-nui-i-te-pō, te ara tika ki tua o te tirohanga tangata.
Haere, haere, whakangaro atu rā.
Maniapoto mourns the passing of one of our own, Hon. Dr Koro Wētere. Instrumental in progressing and institutionalising initiatives and knowledge that will continue to capture the aspirations of Māoridom long after his passing, this distinguished rangatira of Maniapoto spent his entire lifetime in the service of, and for his iwi. There are so many accolades and achievements that can be attributed to Koro’s efforts throughout his working career and no doubt these will be forever recorded in the annals of Aotearoa history. Well into his retirement years, Koro continued to be an influential force and a formidable advocate in the critical affairs of Maniapoto, espousing on those matters that would deliver long-term benefits for Maniapoto whānau, hapū and marae. The invaluable contribution that Koro has made to his people will continue to benefit and strengthen not only Maniapoto me ōna hapū maha, but Māoridom and Aotearoa as a whole.
Koro once said “…Our people must take responsibility for themselves and develop their resources to create their own enterprises and promote policies that give effect to their aspirations”. He has walked this talk and has led the way for the many generations yet to come.
E te rangatira, Koro, we thank you – it is time to rest now. Moe mai, moe mai, moe mai ra.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the whānau whānui; to his wife, Girlie, his children and his mokopuna, on behalf of Maniapoto katoa, thank you for sharing with us, your husband, your father and your grandfather.
Programme for tomorrow – Wednesday 27 June 2018
Turangawaewae Marae: 7am Karakia
10.30am Depart Turangawaewae for Te Waipatoto
Te Waipatoto Marae, Oparure: 2.00pm Depart Te Waipatoto for interment at Whanau Urupa