The greatly respected kaumatua and Ratana minister Takutai "Doc" Wikiriwhi, from Reweti Marae, died on November 14, aged 84.
In 1992 Takutai lodged the Ngati Whatua o Kaipara Treaty Claim with the Crown, and it was fitting that he lived to witness the passing by Parliament of settlement legislation in June 2013.
He was described by local Maori Party MP Dr Pita Sharples as "the pre-eminent voice of Ngati Whatua on cultural and spiritual matters for a generation at least . . . the link between the traditional and the modern, between the tangata whenua and tauiwi [non-Maori] of Auckland, and a source of wisdom and understanding for people who sought to work together respectfully across cultures."
Next week Nor-west News looks at the long-awaited settlement and details of the structure of governance to manage the assets transferred to Ngati Whatua o Kaipara by the legislation.
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