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Passing of Sir Ngātata Love

Statement from Dame Tariana Turia at the passing of Sir Ngātata Love

Tuesday 23 October 2018

Hon Dame Tariana Turia has expressed her sadness at the passing of Sir Ralph Heberley Ngātata Love.

“I have some fond memories of Ngātata, particularly dating back to the time when I was first made a Minister in the 1999 government. Having the right people to give expression to your aspirations is key to being an effective Minister. Ngātata knew that – and he was prepared to search wide in order to find the team to help me make change. I will always give him the utmost respect for that.

“During his time as Professor of Business Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, and later as Chief Executive at Te Puni Kōkiri, Ngātata was dedicated to doing his best for Māoridom.

His contribution to Māori Access and ‘train the trainers’ was enormous. I was a regional co-ordinator in Whānganui at the time and learnt so much from him.

“His commitment over his lifetime was massive and we must not let the recent years of his downfall redefine the considerable sacrifices and leadership he had made for decades before. His legacy of service was impressive and I will always be thankful for his support and his guidance.

Rest in peace Ngātata.


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