Maureen Waaka returned to Tamatekapua Marae

Maureen Waaka has returned to her ancestral marae within the blossom of her ancestor Tamatekapua, she passed away this morning at Rotorua Hospital after suffering a stroke on June 16.  

Te Arawa, Ngāti Whakaue welcomed this afternoon one of their own who sat as a councillor, advocator and also a Miss Zealand beauty queen, being the first Māori woman to achieve this.