CTU MEDIA RELEASE 15 June 2008
Union movement pays tribute to Rereamoamo Monte Ohia
Monte's contribution to the education sector and Whanau was recognised today by the trade union movement. His commitment and passion for building a culture of learning for Maori was evidenced in his years of teaching and being an educationalist, the General Manager Maori of the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, and assisting with the establishment of the three Wananga.
"There are many things that Monte stood for and for the Runanga his commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi will be treasured. His desire for New Zealand to be a mature nation built on the Treaty of Waitangi was rousing. He will be sorely missed by the many people whose lives he has touched," CTU vice president Maori Sharon Clair said today.
"There is much we can learn from Monte including his call for all citizens to leave a good legacy for the next and future generations."
"We extend our sympathy to the Ohia whanau at this time," Sharon Clair said.