Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 

Inspiration and mentor Pāpā Kū has died

Inspiration and mentor Pāpā Kū has died

Members of Te Hautū Kahurangi (Tertiary Education Union) have paid tribute to Kukupa Tirikātene, affectionately known as Pāpā Kū, who died peacefully on January 28 at his Auckland home surrounded by his whānau.

An Ngāi Tahu elder, Pāpā Kū served as lecturer and kaumātua at Manukau Institute of Technology from 1993 to 2006. He was their Kaiākau at the time of his death. Pāpā Kū was born in Rātana Pā as the eighth of twelve children to former Southern Māori MP Sir Eruera Tirikātene and Lady Ruti Tirikātene.

In recent years, he served as iwi kaumātua for Ngāi Tahu at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa marae and was recognised by Creative New Zealand for his life’s work preserving and furthering Māori culture and language. The thoughts of Te Hautū Kahurangi staff and members are with Kū’s whānau.

Sandra Grey, national president of Te Hautū Kahurangi, said: “Pāpā Kū made a huge contribution to the lives of so many and will be sorely missed. His mana and mātauranga was an inspiration to us all.”

Bill Rogers, Māori vice president of Te Hautū Kahurangi, said: “Pāpā Kū used to say that ‘footprints on the earth blow away in the wind, but imprints on the mind stay with us forever.’ His work has made as huge imprint and will always be a part of what we do in the tertiary education sector.

Haere atu rā e te rangatira, e kore te mahara e makere noa. Moe mai rā koe e Pāpā Kū i roto i ngā ringaringa atawhai o tō tātou Kaihanga.

--ENDS--

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 


Howard Davis Review: Sally Potter's The Party

Sally Potter remains one of Britain’s most determined independent film-makers, deliberately resisting the lure of mainstream attention in order to work entirely on her own terms. The Party is an undeniably engaging and droll divertissement from an independent filmmaker who has mastered her art without ever compromising it. More>>


Winter Games: NZ's Second Ever Winter Olympic Medal

Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson congratulates snowboarder Zoi Sadowski-Synnott on winning the bronze medal in the Women’s Big Air at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea today. More>>

ALSO:


Howard Davis Preview: Terry Gilliam's Subversive Brazil

Full kudos to the Embassy Theatre for stepping up to the plate and hosting the Wellington Film Society, after the owners of the Paramount committed an unpardonable act of cultural vandalism when it shuttered the country's oldest movie theatre last year. The Film Society is opening their 2018 season with Terry Gilliam's brilliantly subversive Brazil on Monday, 26 February. More>>


Howard Davis Preview: Ria Hall Performs 'Rules of Engagement' at The NZ Festival

Concerned with the perennial themes of conflict and resistance, Rules of Engagement took five years for Ria Hall to complete. See her perform live with vocalist Mara TK and powerhouse trio The Nudge on Saturday, 24 February, at the Festival Club, 17 Cable St., Wellington, and Sunday, 25 February, at Maoriland Hub, 68 Main St, Otaki. More>>

Review: Robbie Williams – The Heavy Entertainment Tour

The audience – already in a good humoured state of excitement after kareokeing along to the “Robbie Williams National Anthem" (a typical mix of bombast and self deprecatory nonsense) – were up and dancing to Welcome to the Heavy Entertainment tour... More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland