Aue! Aue! Kua hinga a Malcolm Peri (Te Uri o Tai / Te Rarawa / Te Aupouri me te uri o Fiti hoki) inanahi kei Kawakawa hospital. Ko ia te tino kaumatua o Te Uri o Tai, Pawarenga.
Malcolm Peri passed away yesterday afternoon at Kawakawa hospital. He came home to his whare in Pawarenga last night and is now lying at Taiao marae that he and his whanau hapu built on the southern shores of Whangape Harbour.
E Malcolm, your going has heightened my sense of how quickly a generation passes - like the ripple of grass in the wind. I will not be there in the flesh for your tangihanga because I'm in Shanghai China instead. Why are you smiling like that my friend?
Ka murua hoki e ia nga roimata katoa i o ratou kanohi; a kore ake he mate; kahore hoki he aue, kahore he tangi, kahore he mamae, i nga wa i muri nei: kua pahemo atu hoki nga mea o mua.
We often stood toe to toe and rarely saw eye to eye, but my tears well and drop slowly and surely like the years. A decade ago I wrote this blog "BEING HERE" about and for you. Such a unique man - our own Malcolm in the Middle, the self-designated Mr MMP. I feel such a mix of things - sad, amazed - but most of all I feel gratitude for having known you. You taught me a lot.
Ki a Kerry ara te whanau pouri - aroha, na - Anahera Herbert-Graves