Tauranga mourns Huikākahu Brian Kawe

The flag at the Elizabeth Street roundabout will fly at half-mast on Wednesday. Photo: Tracy Hardy/SunLive/File.

The flag on the Elizabeth Street roundabout will fly at half-mast on Wednesday to acknowledge the passing of a Tauranga kaumātua.

Huikākahu Brian Kawe, of Ngai te Ahi, Nga Tamarāwaho and Ngāti Tapu, had been a kaumātua at Tauranga City Council for many years.

He provided an enormous amount of sage advice, guidance and support. Among many other contributions, Huikākahu chaired the joint standing committee between tangata whenua and councillors/commissioners.

He also welcomed many new citizens with moving karakia as a key part our citizenship ceremonies.
“Huikākahu was a true gentleman who has supported many mayors, councillors and staff, providing wisdom, advice and generous character,” says commission chair Anne Tolley.

“His passion for Tauranga Moana, and his steadfast support of the unity of people in our city, will be greatly missed.

“Our sincere condolences and aroha go to his whānau at this time of shock and sadness.”
The flagpole on Takitumu Drive will be at half-mast on Wednesday to acknowledge Huikākahu’s passing, in honour and thanks for all he has done for Tauranga.

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