Timoti te Heuheu dies

ELTON SMALLMAN
Last updated 15:14 12/07/2012
Timoti te Heuheu will lay in state at Waihi Marae on the shores of Lake Taupo.
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Timoti te Heuheu will lay in state at Waihi Marae on the shores of Lake Taupo.

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One of Maoridom's senior statesmen, Timoti (Timi) te Heuheu, has died.

The Ngati Tuwharetoa leader is the brother of paramount chief Tumu te Heuheu and husband of former Cabinet minister Georgina te Heuheu.

Timi te Heuheu was a lively figure who worked tirelessly as a tribal diplomat and link between iwi Maori, politics and business.

He will be taken to Waihi Marae on the shores of Lake Taupo today, where he will lay in state.

Labour leader David Shearer said he was a colourful and much loved character.

 "Timi was a political figurehead who engaged with both Labour and National-led Governments. He moved freely amongst many iwi and was a trusted friend to iwi leaders," Shearer said.

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