Kukupa Tirikatene has passed away in Auckland.

He was the son of former southern Māori MP Eruera Tirikatene and according to his nephew and MP Rino Tirikatene, he’s being remembered for the knowledge and support he happily shared with young Māori.

“Tino pōuri te whānau me ngā hapū whānui hoki puta noa i te motu i tēnei wā.”

The late Kukupa Tirikatene of Ngāi Tahu was 83-years-old at his passing.

He had spent 40 years of his working life in Auckland.

“It's a very sad time for our whānau but also I guess for the many groups, iwi and our people of Ngāi Tahu, and also up and down the length and breadth of the country who were touched by my uncle.”

Even though he lived so far away from the South Island, he was a stalwart supporter of his iwi. Rino also says he was also a big supporter of former Ngāi Tahu leader Mark Solomon.

“He had a lot to give to our own people in the south, particularly with our reo revitalisation; he'd had a lot to play with that. He also provided support for Tā Mark Solomon, our previous kaiwhakahaere of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.”

He worked as a navigator for many years at the Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT).

He was laid at Ngā Kete Wānanga Marae at MIT at 4 pm on Tuesday.

Final services for him will be held there this Saturday.

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