Kaupapa: Health

Ka rere ngā mihi aroha mō te nēhi tuatahi o Aotearoa, Putiputi O’Brien

Mere McLean
  • Waikato/Te Waiariki

He rau tāngata, he rau o te huia te karapinepine atu ki Ruaihona Marae i Te Moana a Toi i tēnei rā ki te poroporoāki atu i a Putiputi O'Brien i mate i tēnei wiki i tōna tau iwa tekau mā toru.  Ko tōna pūmau ki te hauora Māori me ngā nēhi Māori, i tohua mai ia hei pou mā Te Kaunihera Nēhi Māori o Aotearoa. 

He wahine i whakapau kaha mō te marea.

Kāre e kore he mea ako tēnei nā ōna mātua a Eruera rāua ko Pareake Manuera.

"Tērā momo whakatipuranga i kaha mōhio nei ki te tiaki i te tangata, ngāwari tana āhua engari ko te nui o te aroha ki tana iwi," hei tā te Minita Whakawhanake Māori, tā Te Ururoa Flavell.

Anō he putiputi kua puāwai ki te ao manaaki tūroro.  He kaihāpai a Putiputi i roto i te hauora Māori me te mātauranga.

Ko te whakatau a Joe Harawira ,"Koia te Nēhi Māori tuatahi i roto i a Aotearoa whānui nei, ko ōna mahi mo tōna iwi kei te kite ake i roto i wana hāereere i te motu nei."

Nā ōna mahi ka whakawhiwhi  ki a ia te tohu a te Kuini i te tau kotahi mano iwa rau, waru tekau mā whitu mō āna mahi hapori, toko i te ora ki ngā rōpū maha.

E ai ki a Te Ururoa Flavell, "Te Arawa, Ngāti Awa, Mātaatua ka tangi ki a ia koia tērā ka noho nei hei tauira ki tēnei momo āhuatanga mō te manaaki i te tangata."

Ka waiho mai a Putiputi O'Brien i āna tamariki tokotoru me āna mokopuna, mokopuna tuarua hoki.  I hari atu ia ki tōna okiokinga whakamutunga, pā tata ki ōna mātua ki te urupā o Kōkōhinau Marae, Te Teko.