Tribute To Sir Robert Mahuta
The Minister of Maori Affairs, Hon Parekura Horomia, is
deeply saddened by the news of the death of Tainui leader
Sir Robert Mahuta.
Mr Horomia said Sir Robert Mahuta was
one of the outstanding leaders of Maori society in modern
"Sir Robert's achievements are unsurpassed,
irrespective of the troubles in recent times. The nation
should not forget his energy and drive in terms of the
ground-breaking Tainui settlement and also the education of
Mr Horomia said he had the utmost respect for
Bob and was grateful for the opportunity to work together,
which they did so on many occasions.
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