James Te Wharehuia Milroy QSO had his last send-off before he was laid to rest among the many great orators of our time in Te Arawa. One of his legacies was the establishment of kura reo, where students say that when one leader dies, another may rise to take their place.
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The outpouring of grief for Wharehuia Milroy continues at Mataatua Marae in Rotorua. Among the mourners were the reo Māori students who he nurtured to excel in the language.
'Whakahokia te reo mai i te mata o te pene, ki te mata o te arero,' (Bring the language back from the tip of the pen to the tip of the tongue) - Professor Te Wharehuia Milroy.
Highly-esteemed Māori academic and guardian of te reo and tikanga Māori, Professor James Te Wharehuia Milroy QSO, has passed away this morning. He was 81 years old.