Ngā Tapuwae to farewell beloved matriarch

By Piripi Taylor

The ancestral house, Te Whare Wānanga Pupuri Kōrero o Ngā Tapuwae, in Māngere South Auckland, is being prepared for the arrival of the late beloved matriarch Pani Takawhenua Waipapa Stirling.

The Ngāti Porou educationalist passed away at the age of 77.

Pani, along with her husband Te Kepa Stirling, were instrumental in the establishment of Te Kura Māori o Ngā Tapuwae, and their daughter, Arihia, is the current principal.

The body is scheduled to arrive at Te Kura Māori o Ngā Tapuwae at 10am tomorrow and will lie in state overnight before returning to Wairuru Marae, Raukōkore, on Sunday.

Final service will be held at 11 am on Tuesday.