Written by: ngatiporou.com
27 Nov 2017

Hikurangi Maunga,
Waiapu Awa,
E hika ma tena tatau Ngati Porou.

He panui tino ohorere. I taenehi nei ka moe a Heni Tawhiwhirangi i te moenga roa.

Tamahine a Porourangi raua ko Iritana Tawhiwhirangi (nee Thatcher). Uri na Tuwhakairiora, Rahuiokehu, Mahaki, Karuai, ratau ko Hinerupe ki Waiapu, me ona karangaranga maha puta noa i a Ngati Porou me Ngati Kahungunu.

E tangi nei, e mamae nei te ngakau mona kua wehe atu nei. Ko tatau nga roimata kai muri nei ratau ko tona hoa rangatira me ana tamariki mokopuna.

He mema o te poari, he wahine pakari, he wahine toa, he mana wahine. Moe mai ra e Heni i runga i te rangimarie.

It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Heni Tawhiwhirangi, who suddenly passed away yesterday.

Heni was an elected representative on the Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou board of directors, and a passionate and vocal advocate for the well-being and development of Ngati Porou whanau, hapu and iwi.

Heni was involved in the establishment of the original representative body, Te Runanga o Ngati Porou, in her role as Chief Executive Officer during the early days of the organisation. Heni was also instrumental in setting up Ngati Porou Hauora, and was a board member and later general manager of Radio Ngati Porou. Heni was an active trustee and member on a number of whanau land trusts and marae committees at  home and was politically active within the community.

Moe marie mai ra e te koka.

The tangihanga arrangements are:

Tuesday 28 November (today)

  • Depart Evans Funeral Services in Gisborne at 12pm. 
  • Arrive at Tinatoka Marae, near Tikitiki at 2pm

Wednesday 29th November (today)

  • Departed Tinatoka for Porourangi Marae, Waiomatatini at 9.30am

Thursday 30th November

  • Depart for Rahui Marae, Tikitiki at 3.00pm 

Friday 1st December

  • Service at 11.00am at Rahui Marae