Family gather to remember Carol Waitohi

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He karakia whakamaumahara mō Carol Waitohi, e rima tekau mā rima ōna tau ka mate ohorere nei i te Pōpare, i a ia e hoe waka taniwha ana.  Kotokoto ana a waikamo mō te kura o Tainui me Ngāti Kura ka ngaro nei.

Karapinepine mai ai nga karapu waka taniwha horapa i te Tai Koura me Piripane kit e awa o Currimbin, hei whakarewa ano i te waka na Carol Waitohi tonu i urungi i te po i mate ai ia

Hei ta Karen Boynton DAGC Kaiwhakahaere, “I don't know anything about the Maori culture but after yesterday and then today it's just amazing, it made me feel at peace.”

Mo tona mama a Lorraine, ahakoa he wa tino taumaha tenei mona me te whanau me haere mai ratou ka tika, hei whakamanawa i ta ratou putiputi.

Ko ta Lorraine Montgomery – Mama (Tainui, Ngati Kura), “Each and every one of the members here today I know individually they've come with their aroha because she has touched their lives. In some way, she was an organiser, she was a woman of order and of course the katakata, the laughter.”

“Carol started with us quite a number of years ago, I coached her she went from strength to strength.  Became very  much a competitive paddler in such a short space of time,” hei ta Faye Rallings (Ngati Paoa).

I te hokinga mai o te waka porowhita i kitea hei whakaatu atu i to ratou maimai aroha mo Carol.

“I can only describe my daughter, in one word and that word would be humility. The humility yet the drive that she had was I will always remember,” ko ta Lorraine.

Hei apopo tae atu ai te whanau ki te tiki i a Carol me te whakarongo ki te whakatau whakamutunga a kaitirotiro tupapaku.  Heoi i tenei wa tonu kaore ano kia whakataungia e te whanau mena ra ka noho mai a Carol ki konei, ka whakahokia ranei ki te kainga.