Haere atu rā e te rangatira, e te māreikura e Whaea Kā.  My sincere aroha and warm whakaaro to a wahine toa who exemplified true rangatiratanga. Whaea Kā was always ready with a yarn, waiata, smile, or if necessary ‘the look’ – fortunately this was very rare. She shared herself selflessly with TEU members, staff, and her community.  I mihi to her whānau for being so gracious to our union and sharing your mum with us, ngā mihi aroha nunui ki a koutou Te Whānau Daniels-Maniapoto. Whaea Kā lit up a room and she was able to weave her magic to ease, to enhance, and ultimately ensure the situation was ‘tau’ – settled. Her life touched so many of us but for me she will always be a light that will never diminish. Moe mai rā i roto i te rangimārie.

                    Hūhana Wātene, TEU Te Tumu Arataki.

I am so sorry to hear the news of Whaea Kā’s passing and so thankful that we as a union had the benefit of her passion, commitment and manaaki for so many years. I have been reflecting on others’ comments about what they treasured in their relationships with Whaea Kā; her calm, her ability to focus a group on the things that mattered, and her use of humour to disarm or ease. All of us need to practice these things as we face the challenging circumstances that we now find ourselves in. Even in her passing, we can draw strength from Whaea Kā’s life. Ngā mihi nui.

                    Sarah Proctor-Thomson, TEU Women’s Vice President.

I just wanted to express my condolences via you to Aunty Kā’s family. She will be missed on both sides of the ditch.

                    Celeste Liddle, NTEU Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Organiser.

Such sad news - a wise and kind union woman - rest in peace Kā.

                    Cee Payne, New Zealand Nurses Organisation.

Competency in Te Reo Māori is a requirement for those being ordained in the Anglican church so I was sent off to Christchurch Polytechnic (as it was then) to study with Kā. She taught me more than she knew, or I expected. She is such a loss and I am grateful for having known her.

                   Rev Dr Jenny Dawson.

Huge life, contribution, legacy & taonga. A loss to TEU & the union movement. Sympathy to all her people.

                    Eileen Brown, CTU.

It was a real privilege to work with and to know Kā. Thank you for your warmth and your teaching. While you leave a huge gap you also leave great teachings of how to speak your truth and support others while having grace and fun. Ngā mihi nui to her whānau for sharing Kā to be such a taonga for TEU.

                    Tina Smith, TEU National Council member.

Just seen the sad news about our favourite Kuia Kā. Always a highlight of all our huihui. Tino pōuri te ngākau o Aotearoa. Moe mai e te Whaea, aroha nui.

                    Bill Rogers, TEU Te Tumu Āwhina.

Whaea Kā’s importance to our union has been, and continues to be, immense and I look forward to working with members to find enduring ways to remember and celebrate her contribution.

                    Michael Gilchrist, TEU Te Tumu Whakarae.

Soft and steely, calm and fierce: a wonderful woman who has left her mark. Condolences from Kā’s many admirers in the NTEU.

                    Jeannie Rea, National Tertiary Education union (Australia).

Our grieving and sadness for the loss of an exceptional, beautiful, and wise leader. Our union would not be what it is today without her leadership, without her guiding hands.  In these trying and difficult times for all of us it was particularly hard not to be able to be part of the tangihanga to farewell her and my heart feels a little more broken because of that.

                    Sharn Riggs, TEU National Secretary.