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 Georgina te Heuheu.
Timi te Heuheu 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.