Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


te Heuheu pays tribute to Sir Robert Mahuta

Georgina te Heuheu National Maori Affairs Spokesperson 1 February 2001

te Heuheu pays tribute to Sir Robert Mahuta

The passing of Sir Robert Mahuta is a sad moment in our country's history. His death is a loss for Tainui, the whole of Maoridom and New Zealand, National Maori Affairs spokesperson Georgina te Heuheu said today.

"Bob was born to lead. As a young man the enormous responsibility for seeking reparations for past injustices was put onto him by his elders.

"Sir Robert spent the best part of his adult life seeking justice and redress for his people being left land-less and homeless by the government of the day in the 1860's. He brought it to the ultimate conclusion with the signing of the Tainui settlement with the Crown in 1995.

"Bob displayed outstanding leadership. As a leader he was fearless, dedicated and single-minded. He never flinched from his responsibilities, even when all the odds appeared against him, as they often did.

"The test of a true leader is to find a way through even in the most challenging circumstances. Bob Mahuta did this.

"It was a privilege to work with him in the 1980s as a fellow board member of the Maori Development Corporation, while he was Chair. But I also knew him personally.

"He was an engaging personality, a good listener, witty, and always endeavouring to see the funny side of life. While he didn't always take himself too seriously, he took the task given by his elders and the motivation to see Maori do well extremely seriously.

"I admired his enormous capacity for hard work, his dedication and commitment. He was always willing to commit not just to those matters directly relating to his own people but to those matters that make a difference to all of us.

"The importance of seeking and achieving justice is a significant legacy he leaves New Zealand. Another legacy, was his ability to inspire people to lift their horizons upwardly and outwardly beyond themselves for the greater good," Mrs te Heuheu said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced


Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election