Rev. Eru Harawira
Te Rarawa, Te Aupōuri
Ko Reverend Eru Harawira tētahi o ngā tino kaumātua o te rohe o Ahiparapara. He explains how the Asian Flu was prevalent from Ahipara to Te Kao. He goes on to explain how people were forbidden from going to the marae and the wāhi tapu where those who were impacted lay. Papa Eru explains how in the cemetaries you have whānau at one side and then unmarked graves at the other.
Ko Hone Paitai tēnei, he kaumātua nō Ahipara, nō Te Rarawa. E kōrerohia nei mō tētahi whānau ōna i pāngia ai ki te te mate rewharewha. Ko tōna karanga matua tērā, i te matenga o tana tama, ko tōna mahi he hanga i tētahi kāwhena mōna mai i ngā rakau o tōna whare, mahara ana a Papa Eru ki te mamae i pā ki tōna matua kēkēi taua wā. Ka hoki ngā whakaaro a Pāpā Hone ki a ia e mahi ana ki te wāhi tapu o Pukemiro, ko ngā kōrero whakatūpato a ngā tupuna kia kaua e haere ki tēnā wāhi nā te nui o ngā tamariki i tanumia ai ki reira i te wā o te rewharewha (Influenza). Ko ngā whakapono a ōna tupuna, pēnā ka keri tētahi i taua whenua ka hua mai ko ngā mate anō. Hone Paitai reflects on his memories of the many stories discussed about the various pandemics and illnesses of the time of his elders.
He discusses the instructions, and warnings from his elders about where not to dig within the urupā. His reflections on past tikanga that were in place during these times to help protect whānau.
Pāpā Matiu Kingi, is a pillar for many in the Far North. He kanohi kitea ki ngā kaupapa pēhea nei te tini. He supports a range of marae in Te Rarawa as well as the local Kura o Pukemiro with tikanga and reo. E kōrero ana ia mō ngā āhuaranga o te tūpāpaku i aua wā, arā, horekau he kāwhena, he mea whakatakoto ko runga atamira, tarea ko runga rākau. He reflects on a prominent whānau in Ahipara whom left Ahipara when the pandemic to live in the Hokianga, who's specific job it became to create coffins for the deceased. He explains that wahine held 'tapu' so it was their responsibility at the time to prepare bodies after they had passed. He explains that we live for today and learn from the past.