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A great mind passes away. Although his physical body let him down and it weakened each passing day. His spirit strenghtened anyone who met Hohepa. He methodically analysed the facts and assessed the details with a fine tooth comb. However never ever did he let written manmade laws take precendent over Maori Tikanga.
As he lived so he gave us hope to believe. Now in his rest he has left us a chasm to cross, but we will keep focused and on track, walking the path and on the side that is right, no matter the obstacles or weaknesses we endure. The truth is the truth.
Tehei Mauriora Hohepa
It is with regret that we announce the passing of the Chief Justice Native Assessors Court Nga Tikanga Law Society Whangarei.
Details re: tangihanga contact Lani Martin Trustee for marae.
On behalf of my whanau and myself I would like to express our deepest aroha, sympathy and condolences to the loss of hohepa mapiria.
I do not know mapiria personally but we have meet once at waiomu, thames.
one of those special person who come along
way for our sovereignty maori.
He will be sadly missed.
Our deepest love to all the whanau.