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A symbol of peace and unity for our nation

Gerry Brownlee MP
National Party Maori Affairs Spokesman
Hon Georgina te Heuheu
National Party Associate Maori Affairs Spokeswoman

23 May 2006

A symbol of peace and unity for our nation

The commemoration service being held and the tributes being made to Dame Te Ätäirangikaahu on the 40th anniversary of her coronation is fitting recognition of the life and work of an outstanding New Zealander, say National MPs Gerry Brownlee and Georgina te Heuheu.

Mr Brownlee, who is National’s Maori Affairs spokesman, says the jubilee celebrations at Türangawaewae today are a timely reminder of how deeply she is loved and respected by many.

“During her reign, Dame Te Ätäirangikaahu has entertained kings, queens, princes, princesses and presidents at her marae at Türangawaewae, and has herself travelled widely both here and abroad to be received by many of these leaders,” says Mrs te Heuheu, from the marae at Türangawaewae.

“For the past 30 years, in the course of my work and family relationships, I have been privileged to witness something of her gracious and generous contribution to our nation.

“The National Party recognises Dame Te Ätäirangikaahu’s outstanding leadership, and wishes her sincere congratulations on this significant occasion,”say the MPs.


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