Remembering Hiwi Tauroa
Edward Te Rangihiwinui (Hiwi) Tauroa passed away shortly after he attended a ceremony at Paerata Rise to unveil a street named in his honour.
Hiwi, who was a former student of Wesley College, was the first Maori school principal, and a brilliant rugby coach. He was appointed as Race Relations commissioner in 1979, an appointment in which he was hugely respected.
His work to unite New Zealand as a multi-cultural society was substantial. He worked nationally and globally to drive further consideration of indigenous peoples. Hiwi lived a full life and made a huge impression on so many.
It was an honour to be with Hiwi in his final month and to present him, his wife Pat and family with his road sign at Paerata Rise. Hiwi’s impact on the Counties community will be remembered by the tribute of Hiwi Tauroa Road.