Prominent Tauranga Moana elder Monty Rereamomo Ohia passed way last night at his home in Pāpāmoa at the age at 94 surrounded by his whānau.
Mr Ohia was influential in the establishment of Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Otepou one of Tauranga Moana’s first total emersion schools and worked as a farmer for many years work the local land and fruit orchards.
His mokopuna Bentham Ohia told Te Kāea this morning that he was a kind loving father and had demonstrated the importance of education in his family from a young age, which is why many of his kids pursued education as a career.
He is remembered by all iwi in Tauranga Moana as a pillar of strength and knowledge. He will be fondly remembered as a cheecky, loving and caring Kaumātua.
Monty Ohia will be taken to Te Whetu o Te Rangi Marae in Waitao, before heading to Romai Marae on Friday, he will be laid to rest at Tāhūwhakatiki urupā.
Māturuturu ana ngā roimata ki te tāhuna ō Rangataua. Kei te tōtara haemata o Ngāti Pūkenga te poutokomanawa o te whānau Ōhia, Rereamomo, hāere atu rā ki te kainga i whakaritea e Ihoa o ngā mano mō tātou katoa.