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Hinerangi Cooper-Puru | Te Rarawa

Whaea Hinerangi Cooper-Puru, daughter of the late Dame Whina Cooper opens up about her experiences with te mate rewharewha (influenza) and how it affected the people of Panguru in north Hokianga.

She explains how her grandfather was one of the very people who contracted the Spanish Flu which sadly resulted in his demise. Hinerangi explains how the people at the time had to create kāwhena (coffins) for those who passed.

Mass graves were used to bury whānau to ensure the safety of the iwi. Sadly, as a result of the Spanish Flu there were implications for tamariki and adults alike.

Listen to Whaea Hinerangi's ui ui: