A tribute to Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu (1931 - 2006)
  Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu
  1931 - 2006
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A new journey begins
Maori Queen, Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu, began a new journey earlier this evening as her people gathered to honour, mourn and celebrate the life of one of Maoridom's most influential figures.

Only two weeks after her 75th birthday and the celebration of the 40th anniversary of her coronation in May, Dame Te Ata surrendered her spirit with the blessing of her whanau and the aroha of a nation.

Dame Te Ata was admitted to Waikato Hospital after a heart attack a month ago and was later discharged to her home at Turangawaewae Marae where she died at 5.32pm.

"She was surrounded by her children, grandchildren and kaumatua," a statement released by the family said.

Recognised by many as a model of humility, Dame Te Ata was deeply grateful for the time she had been given and the honours bestowed on her.

Through failing health and in a final address which she struggled to deliver at the 40th anniversary of her coronation she said:

"I can't find words to express my gratitude. If I could find all the most beautiful words, I would put them together and lay them among you, to help me with my thoughts of affection."

• Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu, was born on July 23, 1931 and died on August 15, 2006.
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Message from Maggie - Cook Islands_Te Aupouri_Te Rarawa
Kia Orana mama, Just recently I had the pleasure of entering a marae and seeing your portrait on the wall over our beds took me back to the day you passed, I was still at school, I didn't know who you were but I was still overwhelmed with sadness. It wasn't 'til that recent encounter that I found myself wanting to know more about you, The lady with the captivating smile :) All the support and love you've given to our Maori people, all the work you did with grace and humility, really touched me. You're not only my inspiration but also one of my biggest role models<3 You make me so proud to be half Maori you've inspired me to learn more about our beautiful culture and appreciate both sides of my family, for that I am truly thankful <3 Rest in love dear lady, continue to watch over your family and friends, as well as the whole of your people, even though it has been a long while since your passing, know that you are still very much loved and missed, xoxo Maggie

Message from Tangiwai Raumati Teresa TuTuki Te Wharau - kotahi
arohanui kia tatou queeny me tona tama a tuheitia aroha whanau .ko wai ahau. I am the mokopuna to Whia ko ia te tuahine o te wahine o kingi Mahuta Te marae. Kia ora No Ihumatao Pa.Even though our grand fathers and mothers are gone kei te mohio matou ko wai tatou, engari kua warewaretia koutou katoa kei whea  matou, heoi ano arohanui kia koutou ko toku ingoa ki tenei whanau ko tera te kirihaehae tangiwai Raumati Te OTI George.

Moe mai taku whaea, Te Arikinui Te Ataiirangikaahu iraro ite tuanui o Te Atua. Naa Te Atua to piringa ka ora e koe. Paiimarire

Message from Moana Amuketi - Waikato kin
Kia ora our queen.. I hope you are sleeping well, despite all the raruraru going on lately. I never knew you personally but my grandparents have been very staunch supporters of the movement for the past few years and I have come to respect the kaupapa of the Kingitanga and appreciate all the hard mahi you, your son and our tipuna before us have done. Christmas day has just passed and very soon a new year will begin. There has been much chatter about our current Kingi, your son Tuheitia.. Many people are constantly comparing him to you and criticize him for his mistakes. People fail to see before your death, he was just an ordinary man, with a family, a career, a life outside of the world of Kingitanga. This was all changed in an instant, as it would have for you when you were made our Arikinui. I know he's not perfect but I want you to know I will always support your son, our Kingi and the Movement which many of our tipuna and people have bled and died for. I know you are watching over him and our people.. People of Waikato, Kingitanga and Maoritanga. Our kaupapa of Kotahitanga will endure any obstacles and continue on it's path to an everlasting legacy!! Rest easy my Queen.. Arohanui xOx.

Message from Kahukura Solomon - Great Grand daughter
Kia ora everyone, i dont have much to say but i miss you my nan ♥ didnt really see you or get to know you much but ,aaunty and nan will always tell me that i have your smile and i look alot like you..when i get back to nz shall come and vist you with all the othur whanau from aussie. Everytime we talk about you ,i always brought up that when i was born it was you that named me <3 Arohanui ;;Kahukura Keighlani Solomon ♥ Loveyou nana ♥

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Tribute placed by
jeanette nan ayre-keti-morgan.
on 03/10/2012:

rest in peace our beautiful queen,so loved and missed all over the world,nz uk,tainui-whanau.xxx.

Tribute placed by
Bam to mokai mo ake tonu atu
on 12/09/2010:

God our king and you my Queen. I luv you and miss you so much. Na to mokai

Tribute placed by
Mikala Teinaki
on 22/08/2010:

Two candles of light whichs means 1 Te Ariki and the another 2 Te Tu and heart of the people

Tribute placed by
aroha ngohe
on 14/08/2009:

to our beautiful queen,in our hearts you will always be with us,and in spirit you walk beside us,

Tribute placed by
Mak Ti
on 13/02/2009:

Ahakoa kua huri ki te rua tau kei te pouri tonu matou.....

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