Sir Graham Latimer 1926 - 2016: [waateanews.com] Sir Graham Latimer, long serving chair of the New Zealand Maori Council, died today at his home in Pamupuria at the age of 90.
He was the most influential Maori of his generation, shaping the future of Aotearoa-New Zealand through a series of struggles for Maori rights and the Treaty of Waitangi.
After service in occupied Japan with J Force, he married Emily Moore, the sister of an army friend, and joined the railways.
Postings in the Kaipara district sparked their ambitions to farm, and in 1961 the couple bought land at Tinopai.
By that stage he had been shoulder-tapped to represent Ngati Whatua and was taking part in the newly-formed Maori Council.
In 1973 he was elected to chair the council, a role he relinquished because of ill health 40 years later.
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