Farewell to Sir Toby Curtis


Kua hinga te tōtara i te wao nui a Tāne.

It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Te Arawa leader, educationalist, passionate advocate of Te Reo Māori and Māori broadcasting pioneer Sir Toby Curtis.

NZ On Air Chair Dr Ruth Harley says, “It was my privilege to associate with him as he advocated for the establishment of iwi radio. I remember Sir Toby for his commitment to the kaupapa of iwi radio and for his grace in his dealings with his colleagues. I feel honoured to have been involved with his mahi in this small way.”

Taa Toby was also the first Chair of Te Māngai Pāho, and his work on a Māori broadcasting advisory committee led to the establishment of Te Whakaruruhau o Ngā Reo Irirangi Māori and Māori Television (now Whakaata Māori).

Sir Tamihana Curtis (Toby) was 82.

Kia au tō moe e te Rangatira.

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