Volume 59 1950 > Volume 59, No. 2 > Obituary: Sir Apirana Ngata, p 111
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OBITUARY
Te ata kitea atu
E au Te Awhenga,
I te wai o te kamo,
E maringi noa nei;
He mamae ka nui
Ka rangona e te iwi.
I can but dimly see
The hill, Te Awhenga,
Through a mist of tears
That freely fall.
How great will be the pain
To be suffered by the tribe.

(Part of the lament of Hinetawhirangi of Ngati Porou)

It is with very deep regret that we record the death of the President of the Society, the Hon. Sir Apirana Ngata, on Friday, the 14th July, 1950. With the whole of the Maori race and the Pakeha people of New Zealand we mourn the passing of one of our greatest national figures.

It is not possible at this juncture to pay an adequate tribute to such a man and it is proposed, therefore, that the next issue of the Journal should be a special memorial issue.

Haere e Koro. Haere ki te po, haere ki te po nui, haere ki te po roa. Haere ki nga tipuna maha kua rehu nei ki te huna. (Depart o Sir. Depart into the night, the great night, the long night. Go to the great ancestors who have misted away into the unseen.)