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Te Rarawa historian Ross Gregory a leader by example

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The tribes of the far north have lost a teacher, artist, histrorian and quiet leader wsith the death on Saturday of Ross Gregory at the age of 78.

Te Rarawa chair Haami Piripi says Mr Gregory, the brother of former Northern Maori MP the late Bruce Gregory, had a long career in education.

While he was an orator of note, he preferred to lead by example, with his many achievements including the establishment of marae and kura as well as the Muriwhenua kapa haka.

"He was an excellent carver, a songwriter, kapa haka exponent, acknowledged as our local Maori historian, the go to person for geneology and history. His passing has left not just a gap in our knowledge and in our skill base but a whole genre of leadership that has gone. You don't get that sort of leadership any more. He was a fantastic guy," Mr Piripi says.

The tangihanga for Ross Stirling Gregory is at Te Rarawa Marae in Pukepoto.

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