RIP Timi te Heuheu

Stuff reports:

One of Maoridom’s senior statesmen, Timoti (Timi) te Heuheu, has died.

The Ngati Tuwharetoa leader is the brother of paramount chief Tumu te Heuheu and husband of former Cabinet minister .

was a lively figure who worked tirelessly as a tribal diplomat and link between iwi Maori, politics and business.

He will be taken to Waihi Marae on the shores of Lake Taupo today, where he will lay in state.

I met Timi a few times, through Georgina. A lovely selfless man, who cared greatly about New Zealand. My condolences to Georgie and family.