Ka tangi te tītī, ka tangi te kākā, ka tangi hoki ko au!

This morning we learn of the sad passing of our friend, whanaunga and rangatira, Sir Harawira Gardiner.

As Te Taumata, and on behalf of our Māori people across the motu, we lean in to mourn your passing e te Pāpā!

Throughout your life you have been a leader that has always been a beacon for our people. This has been so important given the challenges and struggles we have, and continue to have, as Māori people.

Our aroha to Hekia and your whānau, we hurt and tangi with you all! No reira e Te Pāpā, haere, haere, haere atu ra ki o whanau i tatari ana i a koe!