Teina’s second name was Autahi, a tupuna of my husband’s and Russell’s father from Kahungunu. When his daughter was born, Teina asked me if he could give his daughter that name to which I readily agreed – who better to carry on with the name but a direct descendant of that tupuna……..
During the Tikanga Wananga, while discussing how the Korowai should be placed on the waka of the tupapaku, a question was asked…. Where did the korowai come from and who made it.
Well, following is an excerpt from my records.“” ……In February 1991, a Korowai was presented to the marae. This Kahu was woven by Huia Kire, Sophie Kire Akuhata and Tanekaha Tautukutuku Huiriri of Taheke/Waima. Nga kuia and kaumaatua from that area and Otaua brought their taonga for presentation , the kaupapa for this Kahu being “hei hipoki i nga tupapaku.” Over the years it has been used for many of our dear ones who have lain here, but I would mention that the wishes of the bereaved whanau are still respected should they not wish to use it…..
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