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Staunch Māori rights advocate Waireti Walters dies

Published: 4:51PM Friday September 25, 2015

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A long serving advocate for Māori rights has died.

Waireti Walters passed away at her home today at Pamapuria aged 81.

She was of Te Pātū, Ngāti Kahu, Te Aupouri and Te Rarawa descent.

The kuia is remembered throughout the motu for her staunch advocacy for Māori rights and was a feisty campaigner for a culturally appropriate cervical screening programme for Māori women.

Waireti was also a key figure in the long running WAI262 Claim – a case that sought to recognise Māori rights to NZ’s flora and fauna.

Te Karere has been advised she will lie at Te Pātū Marae from tomorrow.