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It is with great sadness that we heard the news of Erima Henare’s passing, and our thoughts at this time are with his whānau and friends.
As well as being Deputy Chair of the NorthTec Council, Erima was a great supporter of NorthTec. He was appointed to Council in 2010, but had previously provided specialist advice on Māori educational issues. His knowledge and understanding of both the education sector and Māori issues was invaluable, and his contribution to NorthTec was immeasurable.
Erima will be greatly missed by NorthTec, on both a personal and professional level. His untimely death leaves a gap in our lives. We will miss his good humour and personable manner, as well as his passion for raising the aspirations and achievement of Māori, especially here in Te Tai Tokerau.
On behalf of the NorthTec Council and staff, led by Chief Executive Paul Binney, I would like to pay tribute to Erima and express our deep sadness to his whānau and all those who will grieve for him.
Farewell Erima, R.I.P.
He Totara waha nui ō te Wao nui ā Tane, kua hinga, haruru pai te whenua i tō hingatanga. E te Rangatira Erima kua whakakākahungia koe ki te kākahu ō te mate, kua haere koe ki to haere e kore ā muri e hokia, kā tae koe ki te waahi okioki, ki reira koe kā moe mai ki roto nga ringa kaha o te Atua.
The passing of Erima the Orator is likened to the noise of a falling Totara tree in the great forest of Tane, when Erima spoke people listened, today that voice is lost, but his foot prints can still be seen in his work for the Council of NorthTec, for his support of the CEO and its staff and the whole of NorthTec.