Story: Kaumātua – Māori elders

Government kaumātua: John Tahuparae (2nd of 3)

Government kaumātua: John Tahuparae

Rose Tahuparae stands beside her husband Rangitihi Rangiwaiata Tahuparae as they support the president of Uruguay, Tabare Vazquez, and his wife Maria, during a pōwhiri (welcoming ceremony) at Government House in 2007. Rangitihi Tahuparae of Whanganui was at the time the kaumātua of Parliament. When he died in 2008, Rose took his place as the parliamentary kaumātua.

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Rawinia Higgins and Paul Meredith, 'Kaumātua – Māori elders - Kaumātua in modern times', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 May 2022)

Story by Rawinia Higgins and Paul Meredith, published 5 May 2011