Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha acknowledges the loss of Te Wharehuia Milroy, a bastion of te reo Māori and a beacon for the people of Tūhoe.
Professor Milroy had connections with tertiary institutions across Aotearoa, and around the world.
Some of UC’s lecturing staff had been influenced by Professor Milroy’s teachings in Te Panekiretanga o Te Reo (The National Institute of Māori Language), which was highlighted in a recent UC Māori Research Hui presentation by senior lecturer Dr Matiu Ratima.
As he prepared to attend the tangihanga at Mataatua Marae in Rotorua, UC Professor of Māori Research, Dr Angus Macfarlane stated, “Wharehuia Milroy’s work had enormous reach given he was a māngai (spokesperson) and an authority of all things Māori.”
Wharehuia Milroy was a Professor at the University of Waikato, a trustee of the Kōhanga Reo National Trust, and a member of Te Taura Whiri, the Māori Language Commission in addition to serving as a member of the Waitangi Tribunal.
He Mihi ki te Rangatira
Kua hinga te totara o te wā nui ā Tane
A giant tree has fallen in the great forest of Tane
E te rangatira, Te Wharehuia, e noho mokemoke mātou i raro i te kapua pouri
We salute you Te Wharehiuia, as we assemble beneath a dark cloud
Nā tōu wehenga kua pōhara te ao Māori
Your passing has the Māori world in a state of bereftess
Kua ea ai tō rahi tō ihi, tē taea te wareware
Your great contributions will not be forgotten
Nā reirā, takoto mai
Rest now, in the eternal sleep