Tena kotou e te whanau
Ka taahi ano matou ko Russell, Anya, me a raua mokopuna (aku mokopuna tuarua e rima) ka hoki mai ki te kainga nei. E kore e taea te korero ko wai ma katoa i reira i te marae, heoi ano i waho nga teneti (marquee)e rua, hei taaringa mo nga manuhiri, ina watea mai te whare, ina mutu a ratou mihimihi, ka taahi ano ka karangatia nga ope e tatari ana i waho.
Engari, i mohio te hunga kainga/nga whanau ka muia ratou e te tangata, i roto ano I te rongonui o to ratou Matua.
I tutaki atu matou ki a Shirley me tana teina a Joan, me taku tungane a Matu Clendon, me nga whanaunga/Pihopa hoki a Ben Te Haara raua ko Dr Manuka Henare, me te mokopuna a Dede Rewha a Natasha. I reira hoki nga mokopuna a te Kura o Waikare me nga Kura mahita/awhina. I haere tahi atu matou me ratou ki roto i te whare.
Heoi ano, ina hou atu nga ope ki roto i te whare, kotahi ano te kai korero hei mihi mai i te Ope, mutu atu tena, e whakapuaretia ana te whare ki nga manuhiri .
My whanau and I have just returned home after being at Tumatauenga – it rained, everywhere was wet, but that did not mar the aroha and sincerity which everyone brought to this TOTARA who had fallen so suddenly, and, who had travelled through to Poneke to support his whanaunga in Parliament. The home people were well prepared to receive nga manuhiri as they were when Taa Himi passed away. I think I’ve already mentioned somewhere else that I was present at the tangi for Taa Himi and the taumata then had dispensed with the formality of 3 speakers from the home people, they just opened it up for the visitors to get straight into their tributes. Now, just as a side-line/historical – For those of the whanau who do not know, but Erima’s father’s name is James CLENDON Henare, the name Clendon came from cousin Matutaera’s grandfather Himi Clendon Tenana, whose wife was Kiritapu Te Tai, sister to my grandfather Mita Te Tai. And these memories came to me as I spoke to him when I did my poroporaki to my whanaunga, as he lay there.
So, whanau, I believe the arrangements are that he will be taken to Motatau on Sunday to lie there for one night to give his own whanau a chance to be with him on their own, funeral Monday, at Takapuna wahitapu, Motatau.
OK, this is my Report for now – oh, I forgot, on the way home, we, with Shirley called in to Ngatimanu to pay our respects Desmond Bristowe, son of Ted and Ngakiri (Tana) and a brother to Philip, who is with us in Te Takutai Moana.
No reira e te whanau, heoi ano nga whakamarama ki a kotou, Noho ma ii roto i te arohanoa o Ihoa o nga Mano,
Arohanui i nga wa katoa
X x x That same ole kuia!!