BEREAVEMENT: George (Hori) Pomana

“Kotahi ai te pou kia here ai nga waka katoa" It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of our Matua George (Hori) Pomana, who passed away peacefully Monday 2nd January 2017 surrounded by his whanau.

For well over a decade Matua George had been heavily involved with waka ama and instrumental for the growth of the sport not only within Manurewa, but throughout Aotearoa. He was a pioneer of the sport and his presence was felt wherever he travelled. His love for the moana and passion for teaching kids were the building blocks of how our club Te Pou Herenga Waka Waka Ama Club came to reality,and grew to flourish.  
He was a great man with a heart of GOLD and will be missed dearly! His legacy will continue to live on long through all who were fortunate enough to have been taken under his wing.

For those wanting to pay their respects to Matua George, he will be laying at Te Pou Herenga Waka Marae (James Cook High School) tomorrow (Tuesday 3rd January)  from 10am. Before making his final journey back home to Matakana Island on Wednesday.

Nga Mihi 
Te Pou Herenga Waka Waka Ama Club

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  1. E hoa e rangatira, moe mai, moe mai. Tino pouri! Aroha tino nui to the whanau. One of my J19 paddlers mentioned this to me just the other day. Whaea, your friend, the one you always catch up with at secondaries and Nationals has passed. After a few phone calls and going on site, I see it is so. E hoa, you were such a pou rangatira at Sacramento Worlds, alongside the Ruamata whanau, when I first met you, and continued to be always, in your humble way. The quick catchups as you do, with our respective rangatahi at Nationals and Secondaries over the years. I will miss seeing you with them this year. You always spoke highly of the rangatahi under your guidance and care, whoever that was at the time. You will be sadly missed amongst the wider waka ama roopu.
    Barb Rudd Hawaiikinui Tuarua Waka Ama. - 16-Jan-2017
  2. E hoa e rangatira, moe mai, moe mai. Tino pouri! Aroha tino nui to the whanau. One of my J19 paddlers mentioned this to me just the other day. Whaea, your friend, the one you always catch up with at secondaries and Nationals has passed. After a few phone calls and going on site, I see it is so. E hoa, you were such a pou rangatira at Sacramento Worlds, alongside the Ruamata whanau, when I first met you, and continued to be always, in your humble way. The quick catchups as you do, with our respective rangatahi at Nationals and Secondaries over the years. I will miss seeing you with them this year. You always spoke highly of the rangatahi under your guidance and care, whoever that was at the time. You will be sadly missed amongst the wider waka ama roopu.
    Barb Rudd Hawaiikinui Tuarua Waka Ama. - 16-Jan-2017
  3. E hoa e rangatira, moe mai, moe mai. Tino pouri! Aroha tino nui to the whanau. One of my J19 paddlers mentioned this to me just the other day. Whaea, your friend, the one you always catch up with at secondaries and Nationals has passed. After a few phone calls and going on site, I see it is so. E hoa, you were such a pou rangatira at Sacramento Worlds, alongside the Ruamata whanau, when I first met you, and continued to be always, in your humble way. The quick catchups as you do, with our respective rangatahi at Nationals and Secondaries over the years. I will miss seeing you with them this year. You always spoke highly of the rangatahi under your guidance and care, whoever that was at the time. You will be sadly missed amongst the wider waka ama roopu.
    Barb Rudd Hawaiikinui Tuarua Waka Ama. - 16-Jan-2017
  4. Sincere condolences to George's whanau. I have known George for a number of years within the Waka fraternity and have found with him an easy and honest friendship that has stood the test of time, may you rest in peace. He aha te kai o Te rangatira? He korero, he korero, he korero! Thank you for sharing mate.
    Marinna Millanta-Lowrey - 08-Jan-2017
  5. E hori, e te rangatira
    Haere atu raa e te pouihi o Te Pou Herenga Waka
    Takoto mai koe ki too moengaroa
    Hoki atu ki too maunga, ahakoa ra kua rewa too waka
    Hoki wairua mai, hoki wairua mai
    Ka titiro au ki te whenua, ki te koomata o te rangi,
    Ki ngaa whetu o te Kaahui Matariki
    Ki teera te ara i takahia nei e raatau ki te poo
    Ka ngaro atu raa ki te pouriuri, ki te pootiwhatiwha ki te pookerekere e
    Aue raa, te hao nei o Hine-nui-te-poo e!
    Moe mai raa e Hori, moe mai raa.


    TOA Waka Club Porirua - Thomas Tawhiri - 04-Jan-2017
  6. Taimaha rukiruki te tinana e kore hoki ai e.
    Aue te mamae e te pāpā, kua hinga anō tetahi Kauri nui o te wao nui a Tāne, moe mai rā e te rangatira, hoea to waka ki Te Rerenga Wairua, ki te runga rawa, nā rātou ngā tūpuna e tatari māu, ki reira koe e okioki ai. Kua mutu koe ngā mahi rangatira ki tēnei ao, heoi, tautoko ngā mihi o whaea Hilda, kua oti te mamae kei roto i to tinana, nō reira e te pāpā, haere, haere, haere atu rā.
    Nā to whānau, Te Puu Ao waka ama, Te Taitokerau Polynesian Canoe Association me ngā karapu katoa o Te Taotokerau.
    Ralph, Auriole and whanau - 03-Jan-2017
  7. Haere e te rangatira e Hori, tino pouri te rongo kua hinga koe. He tino poutokomanawa koe mō ngā rangatahi o Manurewa o Tamaki Makau Rau. Ngākaunui koe ki ngā kaupapa maha hei hāpai i ngā mokopuna - te waka ama, te kapa haka, whakaako tikanga Māori hei hoa haere o ngā mea katoa. Kua mutu tō mamae, ahakoa kua ngaro to mata i waenganui te hunga ora, e kore koe e warewaretia. Arohanui nā Rangaunu Sports Club, me ngā karapu waka ama o Tai Tokerau.

    Hilda Halkyard-Harawira - 03-Jan-2017
  8. Moe mai e hoa - me haere koe ki nga ringaringa o to tipuna. Arohanui ki nga whanau pani me nga whanau o Te Pou Herenga
    Tim Marshall - 02-Jan-2017
  9. E mōteatea ana te ngākau,
    e huamo ana te manawa,
    mōu e pā ka ngaro nei.
    I ora ai ā tātou rangatahi i a koe, ka mutu, ko koe te take i arohanuitia ngā mahi Waka Ama e te tini o Tāmaki Makaurau.
    Nāu i whakatō i ā tātou tikanga ki roto i ngā mahi Waka Ama,
    nāu i Māori ai ngā mahi waka ama,
    nāu i Māori ai te wairua o te ao o Waka Ama.
    Kei taku whakamarumaru, taku whakatiketike, haere rā koe ki a nunui mā, ki a roroa mā, moe mai rā, moe mai rā.

    Arohanui nā mātou te whānau o Waitākere OCC
    Te Whānau o Waitākere OCC - 02-Jan-2017
  10. E mōteatea ana te ngākau,
    e huamo ana te manawa,
    mōu e pā ka ngaro nei.

    I ora ai ā tātou rangatahi i a koe, ka mutu, ko koe te take i arohanuitia ngā mahi Waka Ama e te tini o Tāmaki Makaurau.
    Nāu i whakatō i ā tātou tikanga ki roto i ngā mahi Waka Ama, nāu i Māori ai ngā mahi waka ama, nāu i Māori ai te wairua o te ao o Waka Ama.

    Kei taku whakamarumaru, taku whakatiketike, haere rā koe ki a nunui mā, ki a roroa mā, moe mai rā, moe mai rā.


    Te Whānau o Waitākere OCC - 02-Jan-2017
  11. Kai te waka eke noa, kai te ao kapua e rere mai ra, kai te toroa e rere runga, e rere raro, tangi kau ana te ngākau i a koe ka riro ki te pö. Haere, e Hori haere.
    Wairangi - 02-Jan-2017
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