12 May 2019
He aituā! Kua hinga te manukura wahine o mua o Tū Te maungaroa...
E taku whare mairewa o te kī, kua tiparetia te rau kawakawa tahitahi i te kupu rongomaitawhiti e aituā niwha. Te mātāpuputu o te reo karanga ki paetawhiti.
Kua nunumi a Hemanawa (Hema) Temara ki te kākarauritanga o te pōuriuri, ki te pōkerekere.
Aue e Hema te kura huna o Te Urewera
Aue e Hema te reo karanga ō iwi
Aue e Hema te mōteatea ō tahito
Aue e Hema te tohe ō kairangi
Whitiki te ao, whitiki te pō
Haere whetū pō atu ki rerehua o Toi ki te rangi
Ko Taiarahia te maunga
Ko Ohinemataroa te wai tuku kiri
Ko Tauarau te marae ātea
Ko Ngāti Rongo te hapū
Ko Rongokarae te tipuna whare
Ko Rangimāhanga te whare kai
Ko Tūhoe te iwi
Moe mai rā e kui.
We are saddened at the passing of Ngāi Tūhoe matriarch, Hemanawa (Hema) Temara.
Kui Hema was a staunch advocate for tikanga Māori and Te Reo Māori.
A long-serving tikanga and marae co-ordinator at Te Papa Tongarewa, she led Māori projects and was a kaitiaki of Māori taonga and heritage.
She was also a main contributor to Tūhoe ki Pōneke, a group that was established to help iwi members living in Wellington maintain their culture and identity.
We send our aroha to the Temara whānau and loved ones, to Ngāi Tūhoe, to her Tū Te Maungaroa whānau, and to her work whānau at Te Papa.
Her loss will be felt widely. Rest in peace e kui.