NZ historian 'Koro' Dewes dies age 80

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Respected Ngati Porou academic and historian Te Kapunga Matemoana, or "Koro" Dewes, has passed away at the age of 80.

He died from cancer yesterday in Te Araroa.

Mr Dewes was a pioneering educationalist in the 1960s and 70s.

He started in adult education at Auckland University and then laid the foundations for Victoria University's Maori studies department, before returning home to the East Coast and helping form Te Runanga o Ngati Porou.

Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples paid tribute to his "outstanding scholarship, the formidable intellect and extraordinary oratory"....

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