New Zealand Nurses Organisation media release, 31 March 2022.
It is with deep sadness that Tōpūtanga Tapuhi Kaitiaki o Aotearoa - New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) mourns the passing of Dr Moana Jackson, constitutional lawyer and Tiriti expert.
Kaiwhakahaere Kerri Nuku said he’s been an inspiration for many generations of activists and the heart and soul behind Te Rūnanga as they drive for Tino Rangatiratanga (self-determination).
"We’ve had the chance to work with Matua Moana over the past several years including having him come to speak at our Indigenous Nurses Aotearoa Conference.
"We’ll never forget his final kōrero at last year’s conference. The title ‘Heed the call of the Maunga’ was inspired by his stories about honouring whakapapa.
"Even in recent months he continued to be a shining light for our Māori nurses, to instil courage and hope as he has always done."
Ms Nuku said that anyone who had the chance to meet him knows how humble and generous he was with his time and energy, especially for rangatahi.
And though gently spoken, she said, he never wavered in stating truth in the face of power and injustice.
"He was a staunch leader and advocate to the very end.
"We will forever cherish his vision, his wisdom, and his aroha for all Indigenous peoples. And we will honour his legacy by continuing to build a just Aotearoa as it was always envisioned to be."
Moe mai rā e te rangatira, moe mai, moe mai.
Media inquiries: Rob Zorn, NZNO Media and Communications Advisor: 027 431 2617.