The death in Auckland on Thursday of a senior Anglican Priest and Child Advocate, the Venerable Dr Hone Kaa B.A., M.A.(hons), D.Min. (EDS), after a short battle with cancer, has been greeted with sadness from all sides.
Over 50 years Dr Kaa had an extensive career that included parish ministry, broadcasting, local and international activism, teaching and child advocacy. His contribution to the Church, Maori development, tino rangatiratanga, international social justice issues and the discourse of the rights of Maori children has been profound.
Dr Kaa also pursued a lifelong commitment to indigenous theological, intellectual and academic excellence.
- Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia said: “Aotearoa has lost a fierce advocate; a champion for our children; and a veteran activist for the wellbeing of our whanau.” Party co-leader Dr Pita Sharples said Dr Kaa “championed protest, and his church gave shelter to those seeking justice”.
Ka tanuku! Ka tanuku!
Ka tanuku koa te tihi ki Hikurangi, ka tanuku!
Ka waipuke! Ka waipuke!
Ko Waiapu te waipuke roimata, puta noa atu ki te wahapu ki Rangitukia, ki Ohinewaiapu!
Ngati Porou! Ngati Rakaipaka! Kua pani koutou!
Kei te tangi hotuhotu te motu ki a koutou ko to koutou rangatira!
Aue! te mamae!
- Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says Dr Hone Kaa was a passionate New Zealander and an influential leader.
- Every Child Counts chairwoman Liz Gibbs says the death of Dr Hone Kaa is a loss to the nation, particularly the movement to reduce Maori child abuse.
- Green Party MP Kevin Hague said Dr Hone Kaa had played a significant role in advancing Maori and children’s rights.
- Labour Party spokesperson Jacinda Ardern said Dr Hone Kaa made a tremendous contribution to New Zealand. He was a passionate advocate for children and a fearless voice for his people.
- Kaa Whanau press release Scoop.co.nz
- Maori Party Press Release
- Image: Anglican Taonga