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Passed away peacefully on Sunday 1st July 2018, aged 84 years.

“Ka hinga te totara i te wao nui a Tane, the totara tree in Tane’s great forest has fallen”.

Treasured potiki of the late Tuhuru Tainui (Chief Turi) and Nikau Tainui (nee Pihawai West).  Loved baby brother of his 9 siblings (all deceased).  Dearly loved husband of the late Georgina Tainui (Tilly), (nee Mason).  Devoted father of Anthony (Toby), George, Jo-Anne and Karen (Tubba), (deceased) Selina, Naomi, Rititia and Rima.  Devoted Papa to his whãngai son King Adam.

Staunch and protective Poua to his 13 mokopuna, 46 mokopuna nui and 7 mokopuna nu nui.

Spud is laying in state at his home, 3 Paddy’s Road, Arahura Pa.  Please feel free to come and pay your respects, naumai, haeremai, tauti mai.

A service for Spud will be held at his home, Thursday, 5th July 2018, commencing at 1.00pm followed by interment at the Rua Taniwha Urupa (Arahura Cemetery).

Our whãnau would like to give a big shout out to Rima, his baby girl, for the tender loving care she provided to her Pop (our Poua) over the past 2 years.  Thank you Rim! We love and appreciate you.

E ngari, mate atu he têtê kura, whakaete mai he têtê kura.  However, a leader falls and another leader thrusts his way to the front.