Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search


Te reo Māori expert Wharehuia Milroy dies

Te Wharehuia Milroy is being remembered as a bastion of te reo Māori and a beacon for the people of Tūhoe, after passing from a long illness in the early hours of this morning.

Wharehuia Milroy. Photo: Supplied

Mr Milroy, 82, dedicated his life to te reo Māori.

He was a professor of Māori at the University of Waikato, a trustee of the Kōhanga Reo National Trust, and a member of Te Taura Whiri.

He also served as a member of the Waitangi Tribunal.

With Sir Timoti Kāretu and Pou Tēmara, he established Panekiretanga ō te Reo, the Institute of Excellence in the Māori Language.

Mr Temara said he paved the way for the next generation to continue advancing te reo.

"Te Wharehuia taught what he knew. The next generation will take it from there and develop the Māori language, develop new knowledge and develop new philosophies," he said.

"That's the succession plan that Te Wharehuia has been responsible for."

His passing was a great loss for te ao Māori, he said.

"There's no doubt that he is a great loss to Māoridom. He is a great loss to his people in Tūhoe. The things that he imparted will be those things that people will remember him by, and swear by.

"The fact that he is no longer there to be a listening post and to be someone that people could look up to, not just Māori people but non-Māori people, is a significant and immense lost to everyone."

As well as being a long-time colleague, Mr Tēmara also considered Te Wharehuia to be a dear friend.

"I could be saying something and he would come out under me and continue the theory, and continue the debate without the debate losing a beat.

"We established that kind of relationship. We were close, very close," he said.

Mr Milroy's tangihanga will be held at Mātaatua Marae in Rotorua.

Watch a short TVNZ documentary about Mr Milroy from the series Waka Huia

© Scoop Media

Top Scoops Headlines


Resignation Of Metiria Turei: Were Journalists 'just Doing Their Job'?

In our research we examined the role of journalism in animating the Turei controversy and the different perceptions of professional journalists and online commentators sympathetic to Turei’s left politics. ... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Extradition Of Julian Assange

It isn’t necessary to like Julian Assange to think that his extradition to the US (on the charge of aiding and abetting Chelsea Manning) would be a major injustice... More>>


Gordon Campbell: Islamic State Meets The Searchers

The histories of the European children forcibly recruited into Native American tribal life during the 19th century do remind us of just how difficult the social re-integration of the children of ISIS is likely to be. More>>

Joseph Cederwall: CJR Analysis Of Post-Christchurch Media Coverage

After the Christchurch massacre, Columbia Journalism Review analysed news sources to see how outlets complied with guidelines from groups that seek to limit the amplification of terrorist acts through media. More>>

News Deserts: The Death March Of Local Journalism

Joseph Cederwall: The corporate media sector seems unable to do anything to halt the raging dumpster fire of consolidation, layoffs and centralisation of content production. All this means we are increasingly seeing ‘news deserts’ appearing in local communities. Illustration by Paul Sahre. More>>