Tā Wira Gardiner – Waatea News: Maori Radio Station

With deep gratitude for a fulfilling life of service and contribution, we announce the passing of Sir Wira Gardiner, Lt Col (Retd), at home with his family in Gisborne.

With deep gratitude for a fulfilling life of service and contribution, we announce the passing of Sir Wira Gardiner, Lt Col (Retd), at home with his family in Gisborne.

In line with his express wish that public health be a priority and that the demands of frontline workers be recognised, there will be no tangihanga for Wira at the marae.

We thank the people of the Waikato, Tauranga, Whakatane and Gisborne Public Health System for their care and support over the past 8 months, with special thanks to the team at the Kathleen Kilgour Centre, Whakatane and Tairawhiti Hospice, Dr. Rachel Thomson and the anahera team at Te Kaha Health Clinic. We understood the severe pressures on everyone we relied on for their expertise and support, but we experienced the best that was available.

We thank our colleagues from various sectors of government, public service and Awanuiarangi for their unfailing kindness and grace.

Ka mihi, ka mihi, ka mihi.

Wira was Hekia’s much-loved husband and partner, a loving and generous father to Jeremy and Amy, Ainsley, James, Rakaitemania and Shannon, Mihimaraea, and an unconditionally proud Koro to Toroa, May, Arai, Freddie, Mary, Paeumu, Amohaere, and Kingston, a good-natured brother and brother-in-law, a loyal and grateful friend and colleague. Dedicated to the nation of Aotearoa New Zealand and loyal to the Maori ahakoa he aha people.

At some point in the future, when our country returns to ordinary life, we will come together to mark Wira’s passing, acknowledge her contribution, and celebrate a good life well lived.

In memoriam, koha can be done in St John, who does wonderful and vital work and whose services we have enlisted with great appreciation – https://www.stjohn.org.nz/support-us/donate/feb-appeal-2022/

Nga manaakitanga katoa na matau,

Hekia me te whanau


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