Te Tii Marae Mangonui was packed with mourners from all walks of life reflecting the wide range of relationships Kingi Taurua nurtured in his 80 years.

Affectionately known as the king of Ngāpuhi, Kingi Taurua was laid to rest yesterday.

Te Tii Marae Mangonui was packed with mourners from all walks of life reflecting the wide range of relationships Kingi Taurua nurtured in his 80 years.

Te Rarawa kaumātua Bobby Newson reflected on how Kingi Taurua would often support those who needed it.

“Ka aroha, ka tangi ki ngā tāngata pēnā, rongonui, kua mokemoke mātou, kua mokemoke nā te mea mēnā e hiahia ana koe i tētahi tangata awhi i a koe, tangata hei tautoko, nā koinei tēnei tangata.”

Taurua was so loved, that all his marae wanted to have him for just one last time. Sonny Tau of Ngāpuhi reflected on the connections Taurua had within Ngāpuhi.

“Kite ana koe, haere atu ana i Waitangi ki Oromahoe  tae mai ki konei kua haere atu anō ki tētahi atu marae.”

Tau also shared that Taurua had a passion for The Declaration of Independence and The Treaty of Waitangi.

Koia tēnā ko te momo tangata tēnei, he kaha ki te ki te hāpai i Te Whakaputanga, o Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Koia tēnā te pūtake o tana noho ki tēnei ao.”

Those who knew Taurua personally well say there wasn't a nicer, sharper, funnier man around.

Labour MP Kelvin Davis reflected on how Taurua could provide both support and provide challenges, with an emphasis that everything he did was for improving things for Māori.

“Ētahi wāhanga koia taku tino kaitautoko, wētahi wāhanga anō he kaiwerowero he kaikohetehete i ahau engari engari ko te mea nui mōhio ana tātou engari ko tōna ngākau e rapu ana i ngā painga mō te iwi Māori whānui.”

Sonny Tau expressed that above all else, Taurua stayed true to his taha Māori.

Former Labour MP Dover Samuels joked as to what Taurua might be getting up to in the afterlife.

“Nā te mea kua tūtaki a Kiingi ki te Runga Rawa. Mā rāua tokorua e tohutohu i ngā korokē koretake nei ki te whakahaere mua [i] ngā wawata me ngā tūmanako mō te iwi whānui, mō Ngāpuhi.”

Kingi Taurua was laid to rest at Ahirau in Te Tii.

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