NZAF mourns the passing of Whaea and Kuia Aunty Wai

Monday 30 September 2013

Long-time NZAF and Takatāpui supporter Aunty Wai passed away on Saturday 28 September, leaving an amazing legacy as a long-time supporter of the NZAF, particularly her commitment to opening doors for Maori to speak about Takatāpui and HIV.

Long-time NZAF and Takatāpui supporter Aunty Wai passed away on Saturday 28 September, leaving an amazing legacy as a long-time supporter of the NZAF, particularly her commitment to opening doors for Maori to speak about Takatāpui and HIV.

Long-time NZAF and Takatāpui supporter Aunty Wai passed away on Saturday. As an AIDS awareness advocate for more than 20 years, she provided love and support to the community at a time when many needed it. Aunty Wai never missed a Big Gay Out and proudly wore her red ribbon as a symbol of her commitment to the community she loved.

NZAF Executive Director Shaun Robinson says, “Aunty Wai leaves an amazing legacy as a long-time supporter of the NZAF, particularly her commitment to opening doors for Maori to speak about Takatāpui and HIV. She was compassionate and kind, with a wonderful sense of humour and a loving smile. Her love for people touched all who met her and she will be fondly remembered by the NZAF whanau and the wider community.”

NZAF will be taking our community onto the marae on Tuesday 1st October at 5.30pm. Everyone is welcome. Please meet at Te Unga Waka Marae 1 Clyde Street, Epsom, Auckland.

E te mareikura haere atu ra kei runga i nga parirau o nga manu kaitiaki ki tua o te arai. Moe mai e te Whaea Aunty Wai, i nga ringaringa o to tatou matua o te rangi. E moe, e mie, e moe.

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