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LATE MR J. H. W. URU.

FTJNERAL AT TUAHIWI. The hundreds of mourners who .n tended the funeral yesterday of tli* late Mr J. H. W. Uru, Southern Mirnn member, were a striking testimony 10 the esteem in which the deceased goiv tleman was held by the commuiutj Maoris and Paltehas alike. Repr? sentatives were present from varinut publio bodies, among whom were tho Hon. R. Moore, M.L.C., Mr t). Jor.cs M.P., Mr W. A. Bonks. Mayor ut Rangiora, Mr J. H. Blackwell, Mn.xr of Kaiapoi, Mr L. B. Evans, cl*airr.;..u of the Waimaknriri Harbour Ho;:' and Mr W. J. Walter, chairman of v-v Waimairi County Council, .Messrs 11. Boyd (Canterbury College Board oi Go vernors), J. Marshall (clerk to t!jo H ingiora County Council), and Colin M - Intosli, who was a 00-lieutenant « vi" deceased in tho old N«rtb CantcrkT.i'.v Mounted Rifles.

The ceremony wm •? a picturesque ! character. The remains, enclosed m ; an oak cm4b*, arrived from Wellington i on Friday, ud were taken to the nail j at the Tuahiwi Pa, Kainpoi, where th<* I tangi, whioh was commenced at ii.o i northern oity, was continued. It i> j not expected to finish until to-morrou . I Maoris are present from all parts of I the Dominion to pay their respects to ; the deceased, and tho hall has Incompletely filled by the natives, who ] have slept in rows on each side of the | building, in order to guard the l*>dy j continuously day and night. Yesterl day morning Messrs Tu Tupou, Waatu. and Matiu Teiti apostrophised the doceased, referring to manv noble qualities which had ondearea him to hi relatives and friends. When Mr Harry Uru, a brother of the deceased, arrived a. little later, he was welcomed in the Maori tongue by Mr ( liarU - Flutey, as representative of the In - reaved Ngai Toi Ahuriri Tribe, ut which the deceased was a member. Tli<' hall was then opened to the public tor an hour, and tho body, lying in stato. was viewed by a large procession of Europeans. The casket boim* subsequently screwed down, the wnlling oi the tribo in token of farewell to tho deceased, was taken up, and the body was removed to the awaiting hear M.'. The wahines, who wore pare pares (garlands of green around their heads) continued their melanoholy cries as the cortege mo\*ed to the little Anglican Church. The chief mourners, who wore kaliu kahus (native mats), were: Messrs James Apes (Puketoraki Pa), chairman of tho Maori Claims Committee; lltai.i Rehu (Ternuka Pa), \V. Mihaka an I Matiu Teiti (Te Aotcaroa Pa. North Island), Reihana Tau (Rapaki ar.d Port Levy Pas), Hon. Topi Patuki (Ruapuke _ Pa), Taari Puruti Puruti (Tuahiwi Pa), Kerei Kipa (Little River and Akaroa Pas), the Hon. R. Moore, M.L.C., Messrs D. Jones, M.P., H. W. and W. H. Uru, brothers of the deceased, and Mrs Uru and family. The pall-bearers were T. Kelly, Tehau Kolly, Toll a u Peri, Hemi Paiki, S. Ryan. J. H. Kingi. When tlie casket, covered with a kaliu kahu, arrived at tho entrance to the church grounds, it was met by the Rev. 15. Webb, vicar, and Messrs E. Ronntree, lay reader, and Te Art Pitama, cross-bearer, who preceded it into the church, whore a short service was held. There was a very large attendance. and hundreds were unnlile to gain admission. The hymns, "Rock ot Ages" and "Abide with Me," wer» sung by those present, tho Maoris sing ing in their native tongue. After tin 90th Psalm had been road, Mr Pitaina lead the lessons. The body was reverently removed from tho church, while all joined in sieging "Nunc Demittis." The route to the cemetery, which is only a short distance away, was thronged with people, and there was another large concourso gathered about the graveside, the ceremony beside which was conducted by the Rev. E. Webb. The hymn, "When Our Heads are Bowed with Woe" was sung by the Maoris, who also sang the Ilatana mission hymn, the musio. of which was composed by the Rev. E. Webb. Many wreaths ware received, and among the senders were: The Crown, by tie Prime Minister, the Liberal Party, the Reform Party, Native Affairs Committee, Mrs Cossgrove, Mis* Revell. Miss Barrett, Miss Bnilcy, Mr and Mrs F. Morrison, Turner familv, Mr and Mrs Mihaka. Mr and Mrs S. G. Dunlop, Ema Kars>ka and Annie Harawira, Ngaitahu and Ngatimamoe, Turaka, Tirikatene, Waiwera, Akaroa. Arowheiiua, Moeraki, and Tuahiwi Runangas, Tuahiwi Sports Club. Mr Onyon. Mr Ned Carrington, and Mr Ronama Edwards and family. Tho Marai (pitherinjr in connexion with tho funeral) was in charge of Messrs Pitama, Tehau Kelly, and Reuben. In connexion with the tangi, a whole bullock was roasted yesterday in the 'native way, which consists of digging a hole in the ground, placing the carcase on hot stones, and leaving it beneath a layer of earth until properly cpoked.

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LATE MR J. H. W. URU., Press, Volume LVII, Issue 17320, 5 December 1921

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