Merata Mita will be taken by her whaanau and friends to Pukehina Marae on the 2nd of June. Pukehina Marae is located on State Highway 2 – 370 mtrs east of the Pongakawa Stream, just South of Tauranga. At this stage, the ‘Raa Nehu’ will be on Friday, the 4th of June.
Merata Mita passed away of heart failure at exactly 1.55pm 31 May 2010 on the steps of Maori Television, having just completed a rough cut viewing of her new feature documentary entitled ‘Saving Grace’ – a documentary focusing on the importance and love of tamariki – an artistic and personal response to a spate of recent child abuse cases in New Zealand.
Merata Mita is a towering giant whose body of work stirs, ignites and guides our emotional and cultural understanding of our country and our people.
She was a fierce advocate, a cultural revolutionary, an intellectual and artistic practitioner and mentor, a beautiful mother, a youthful grandmother and a dear friend.
Merata Mita challenges us all to continue the pursuit of ‘declolonizing the screen’ in order to better understand ourselves.
E taku kaahui whetuu,
Apoopoo, ka whiti mai te raa, heoi, e kore te mahana e paa mai.
Apoopoo, ka rere te puna o whatu, aa, e kore te puna e mimiti, e memeha.
Apoopoo, ka oho au, ka hoake, ka aatiutiu, ka tiihoihoi, ka ngaro.
Ko te hinapoouri teenei. Ko te hinapoouri teenei.