Dr Cliff Whiting – Te Whanau-a-Apanui, MONZ. TOI IHO Te Ara Whakarei
‘ He mata mahore no te Ara Whanui a Tane Mahuta ‘
Te Po, Te Po, te pao o te Ruru, i tangihia, te hingatanga, o te Totara.
Kua heke te pouritanga ki te minenga. Tangihia, Tangihia.
E te Rangatira, Cliff, Haere, Haere, Haere,
Piki atu kit e Arai Poutama okioki ai ki to hoa me o tupuna, ki nga Rangituhaha.
Pouri ana nga iwi o Aotearoa i tou wehenga, engari te harikoa mo o Taonga Tukuiho ki nga marae maha i whakanuitia e to Matauranga Toi.
Moe mai, Moe mai, i to Moenga Roa.
‘ The spirit of an admired person, takes the ‘whirlwind path’ to heaven.’
The cry of the owl in the darkest hours heralds the passing of the renown.
It is with heartfelt grief and condolences that we acknowledge the passing of a great friend, colleague, and eminent carver and artist of Modern Maori Art.
We bid you Farewell Cliff, as you ascend the Stairs of Heaven, to rest with your beloved wife and ancestors in heavenly peace.
NZ mourns your loss, for your indelible legacy of creative inspiration, and architectural restoration and adornment of many marae and public buildings throughout the country.
May you Rest in Peace.
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