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He Aituā – Kathy Ertel

“E te wahine toa o te waka o Tainui tenei te mihi atu
E te uri o Hauraki tenei te mihi atu
Tiraha mai Tiraha mai Nou te reo e whakaatu mai nei eeee kua hinga koe
Waipuke mai ana nga roimata i te ronohana ko koe tera Kathy e tiraha nei
Aue Aue Aue kukume kau ana te Ngakau ina kua to tou Ra.

Kimo kimo ana nga whetu a te Po nei i tou ngarohana i a matou.
Kua hoki koe ki tou Kaipoipoi a Martin Dawson a ki Kahurangi Emily Latimer hoki
Noho mokemoke ana a Ta Kereama Latimer i to kotou rirohanga.
Ko koutou me Ta Kereama i kokiri te Tino Rangatiratanga o te Iwi Maori i roto i te Ao o te Ture.

Tuki atu tuki mai ko koutou i eke Panuku i nga maunga teitei o te Ao o te Ture.
kia waimarie te Iwi Maori
Ara te Kereme mo nga rawa o Aotearoa, nga Ika, nga Pari Karangaranga, te Reo Rangatira, Nga ngahere Karauna, me etahi atu hoki.
Tiahaha e te iwi Maori kua whiwhi nei koutou i o koutou kereme – Kei te noho nama ai

koutou ki a Kathy mo ana mahi a Ture
E tino kore rawa atu e taea te kupu ki te whakamana ai i a koe Kathy i a koutou hoki
Kathy nau i puta ai te Iwi o te Ika Whenua i roto i nga tono mo te Ngahere o Kaingaroa kei te nama tonu matou ki a koe

Kua ngaro a kanohi koe i a matou no reira haere hoki atu.
Hoki atu ki ou Maunga kia pureitia koe e Tawhirimatea.
E te tuahine e te hoa koinei te poroporaki a Te Kaunihera Maori o Aotearoa ki a koe .

We salute this warrior woman of the Tainui canoe
We pay homage to this descendant of Hauraki
Repose lay in peace as your passing is heralded
Floods of tears are shed in honour of your passing
At the setting of your Sun the heart quivers with sorrow

The night stars glisten with tears as you journey away from us
Return to your mentor Martin Dawson, your warrior mother Lady Emily Latimer
Sir Graham Latimer remains in the splendour of loneliness
Together you paved the way for the Maori people to exercise their Sovereignty in the Justice world

Setbacks and obstructions failed to deter you from achieving your goals as you conquered the mountains of the legal world creating a destiny of good fortune
Claims such as the State Owned Enterprise, Fishing, Crown Forestry, Language, Maori Radio/Television, Spectrum and others work you’ve done leave a legacy of a better

Society for the people of Aotearoa.
Mere words cannot fathom or express our debt of gratitude to you and the mana we bestow upon you
Kathy you brought to this world the people of Te Ika Whenua who acknowledge and honour you

Return to your mountains and let the gentle breezes of Tawhirimatea caress tender cheeks
Sister of our endeavours the New Zealand Maori Council say fare the well – haere hoki atu.
Maanu Paul”

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