IN LOVING MEMORY OF MARGARET ANNE RUWAIOTERANGI HIHA
…………….Na nga kaiwhakahaere o Te Tohu Taakaro o Aotearoa.
Mai ra ano i te timatanga o te Tohu Taakaro o Aotearoa i te tau 1991 ko tetahi o nga tino rangatira kaumatua o te Poari ko te wahine humarire nei a Margaret Hiha. Ina tata tonu nei, a te 27 September 2020 ka hinga tenei toa o te mahi hakinakina.
Ahakoa i whanau mai ia i roto i nga rohe o Ngati Awa, i Whakatane,ko tona whakapapa i toro ki nga iwi o Rangitihi,Ngati Whakaue, Ngati Pikiao, ki Tuhourangi. He uri no te whanau “Raureti”.
Ko te nuinga o ana mahi toa i roto i te mahi haakinakina i a ia e noho ana i roto i nga rohe o Ngati Kahungunu.Ahakoa i tino toa ia i etahi atu mahi ko te haupoi (hockey) tana tino mahi hakinakina. I eke ia ki nga taumata katoa i roto i tenei mahi hakinakina.
“Haere atu ra e te rangatira. Mauria atu i to taha te aroha me nga roimata o matou kua whakarerea mai e koe. Kei te toro mai nga ringaringa o tatou tipuna ki te awhi a koe. No reira haere atu ra ki to okiokinga roa ki te hono ki wairua”
……………From the Leadership of the Maori Sports Awards
Ever since the commencement of the Maori Sports Awards in the year 1991 one of the great leaders on the Board was a wonderful lady called Margaret Hiha. Just recently on 27 September 2020 this Maori sporting icon sadly passed on.
Although she was born in Ngati Awa territory, in Whakatane her whakapapa embraced the iwi of Rangitihi, Ngati Whakaue, Ngati Pikiao and Tuhourangi and was of the Raureti whanau.
Most of her great achievements in sport were while she was living in the Hawkes Bay, and although she was a high achiever at provincial and national level in a number of sports it was in the sport of hockey where she excelled not just as a player but in coaching and management as well.
“Farewell Margaret. Take with you the love and tears of those you have left behind. The arms of our ancestors are outstretched to embrace you. Go to your long resting place to the Gathering of Spirits.”