Te Miringa Hohaia – he maimai aroha (a time of sorrow)

Mt Taranaki

Mt Taranaki

Ko whea, ko whea teeraa maunga e tuu mai ra ra
Ko Taranaki pea, nukunuku mai, neke neke mai
Ki taku tauaro kikini ai ee, hai
Aha kekekeke noa, kekekeke noa
E kore e pau he ika unahi nui eee hai!

E te rangatira, Te Miringa
Kua hau ngā rongo kua hinga rā koe
Ko koe rā i takahi ai ngā tapuwae o ngā tipuna
Ko Tohu, Ko Te Whiti
Ngā manu e rua
I patu te hoariri ki te rangimarie
Ka riro i a koe te raukura, tītīa rawatia ki te upoko
Ko koe rā i tū nei hei whakaruruhau mō Te Ara
I whakairo ā-kupu i ngā kōrero a tō iwi
I whakatau mai i a mātau ki Taranaki
Kei te pātuki te tarauma, Kei te riringi ai ngā wai o te kamo
Aue, taukuri e!   Ehara i te aurukowhao, he takerehaia!
E rere rā te motu nei ki roto koia o Parihaka!

It is with great sadness that I heard Te Miringa Hohaia had passed away.

Te Miringa has had a long association with Te Ara. In our first theme, New Zealand Peoples, we were honoured to have Te Miringa write the Taranaki tribe entry. More recently, a small group from Te Ara travelled to Taranaki to launch the Taranaki regional entry. Te Miringa graciously welcomed us during the whakatau at New Plymouth.

He was a humble man who worked tirelessly for his iwi and will be missed.

6 comments have been added so far

  1. Comment made by Kristy || August 18th, 2010

    Rio and I first met Te Miringa at Womad. He obviously had a soft spot for Rio and they worked together at Parihaka – both at the Peace festival and on another recent (extremely successful) youth project. Te Miringa showed great kindness and generosity of spirit. I was genuinely sad to hear this news. A huge loss for Taranaki and indeed the whole of Aotearoa.

  2. Comment made by Carl Stapleton || August 20th, 2010

    Thank you for this obituary for my friend. Te Miringa, or Milton, his wife Kathy, and his children Ti’ikura, Ngahina and Waiora have been close friends – almost family, since we met as young people almost 40 years ago at Jerusalem on the Whanganui River. I have lived for several years in Urumqi, a remote part of China, and just learned the news of Milton’s passing yesterday. Today I think the tangihanga begins at Parihaka, and it will be impossible for me to attend. Thank you for the chance to say something here. Please take my arohanui to his family, our friends, and to the people of Parihaka. Taku arohanui ki a koutou, Carl

  3. Comment made by Rachel Buchanan || August 20th, 2010

    Thank you for this beautiful obituary for Te Miringa Hohaia. He was a humble man but as you say he worked tirelessly for Taranaki people and was also generous with his immense knowledge and precious time. Te Miringa was a mentor for me and his research and publications on Taranaki history made my book, ‘The Parihaka Album’, possible. I am unable to repay my debt to him. I want to send arohanui to Te Miringa’s whanau and to the people at Parihaka now mourning his loss. I am writing from my home in Melbourne, so sorry that I can’t be at Parihaka too.

  4. Comment made by Sue Ferens || August 23rd, 2010

    I too am saddened by the sudden passing of Te Miringa, who I first knew in the mid 70s when I lived at Katikara, Okato & spent much time at Parihaka. I spoke with Te Miringa only last month and I am so shocked and saddened to hear today of his passing. He will be a great loss. Arohanui to Kathy and whanau. Sue, Far North.

  5. Comment made by Oriwia Hohaia || May 9th, 2013

    Thank you to whomever wrote this. My name is Oriwia and your words of kindness about him leave me breathless and very proud to be descended from him, the tangi was sad and very large and im sure your love was felt 🙂 thank you. Just wanted to add my little comment.

  6. Comment made by Jess || April 26th, 2014

    Milton humble? Hah, I know how he’d react to that! He was a mean old man and he was my friend. The world is less without him, but “humble” was never one of Milton’s strong suits. He’d probably kick you in the arse if you even suggested it!

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