Tere’s story – Mates Paddle for Life Update

Iri te rau kawakawa iri ki whare aitua. Tenei ia kua riro ki te kapunipunitanga o nga wairua, kua tua o te pae o maumahara. Haere e te tungane, haere ki tua atu i Te Reinga, ko taa mätou te hunga ora, he whai i nga tapuwae kua pikitia e koe. E Tere, moe atu, moe atu, moe atu raa.

Unfortuately Tere lost his battle with cancer and passed away on Monday 27 February early morning. Hoe Tonga sends regards and deepest sympathy to Numa and whanau at this time and acknowledge the enduring contribution that Tere and his family have made to our waka ama whanau.

The Mates Paddle for Life course has been altered and will be held at Oriental Bay on Friday but will still go ahead. Please check out the Mates for Life Website for further updates and background:  www.matespaddleforlife.com

Numa has a set group of paddlers from the old days that will do a 2km course from fountain to the light house on the point.  They will start at 6am, Friday and do this 48 times (the age of Tere). They will rotate the select group between the kukupa and the sister waka at Tunui. 
If any paddlers would like to participate on Friday please organise your own waka (w6 or w1 or w2) any form of vessel and support them by going around the course. If you just want to go down and watch and support on Friday thats all good too.