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Te Arawa’s Mightiest Totora Has Fallen

18 August 22

Te Arawa’s Mightiest Totora Has Fallen

Te Arawa's mightiest totara has fallen.

Sir Nopera Tamihana Curtis (Toby) died at his Lake Rotoiti home on Wednesday, aged 82, surrounded by whānau.

Tributes for the straight-shooting respected kaumātua and leader have come from around New Zealand, highlighting his contributions to education, Māori and to Rotorua. Sir Toby, or Taa Toby, retired from his role as Te Arawa Lakes Trust chairman in April, saying he had ticked many of the boxes he wanted to achieve.

Read the full tribute from the Rotorua Daily Post here.