Te Arawa mourn the loss of Wikeepa Te Rangipuawhe Maika

By Piripi Taylor
  • Waikato/Bay of Plenty

Te Arawa is mourning the passing of another esteemed leader, Wikeepa Te Rangipuawhe Maika.

The elder represented Tūhourangi - Ngāti Wāhiao as a trustee on Te Pūmautanga O Te Arawa, Te Whakarewarewa Joint Trust and a number of other trusts in Te Arawa.

In 2014, he was awarded a QSO for services to Māori.

He is currently lying in state at his home.

Tomorrow, he will be taken to Wāhiao Marae to lay until the final service on Tuesday.