Peeni Henare

Ngāti Hine

E kōrero ana a Peeni mō ngā mate i pā ki tana whānau o Mōtatau, o Ngāti Hine. Ko te rewharewha te whurū nui. Ko te hiranga o āna kōrero mō te matenga o tōna tupuna whaea a Hera Paerata, Hera Henare, te hoa wahine o Tau Henare (tupuna).

Peeni explains how the Spanish flu affected his iwi of Ngāti Hine, resulting in the first wave of the influenza pandemic reaching the north. Paying homage to his ancestors and how they managed the sudden death of his great grandmother with little to no information about how to plan and prepare for such a tangihanga. 

Whaea Hera was a nurse at Takapuna Hospital where she became infected by the flu which then resulted in her death, as her body was returned to her people they were advised not to open the coffin because of infection. People attended from all over to mourn her, the coffin was opened as is customary and unbeknown to them the infection spread.

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