Iwi from around the country, local government agencies and churches paid their final respects to the late Te Arawa leader Pihopa Kingi. Rotorua Mayor Steve Chadwick says the Ngāti Whakaue chief was pivotal in ensuring Iwi were included in decision-making regarding the City.
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Young Te Arawa Reo exponents paid tribute to the late Pihopa Kingi saying his teachings will live on. The Ngāti Whakaue leader is lying in state at Te Papaiouru in Ohinemutu where he will remain until his burial on Sunday.
Tributes continue to flow for Te Arawa leader Pihopa Kingi who passed away yesterday. Te Arawa Iwi leader, Sir Toby Curtis says Kingi was an exceptional leader and instrumental in the return of the 13 Rotorua lakebeds to all Te Arawa tribes.
The people of Te Arawa are mourning the loss of Ngāti Whakaue chief, Pihopa Kingi. Kingi passed away yesterday afternoon at Rotorua hospital surrounded by whānau. He was 88-years-old.