Monday, June 17, 2019
Kua hinga te totara i te wao nui a Tane
The totara has fallen in the forest of Tane
The Bay of Plenty Rugby Union wishes to acknowledge the passing of Jim Maniapoto.
Bay of Plenty Rugby Union chief executive Mike Rogers says Maniapoto was a stalwart of Bay of Plenty rugby.
"Our condolences go out to Anne and their whanau at this time. He was a great man with great mana. He will be missed. His whanau name is synonymous with Bay of Plenty and Maori rugby," Rogers says.
"Jim along with his two older brothers Huri and Manu were famous for their rugby pedigree which saw them represent the Maori All Blacks."
"He was the third person to play 100 games for Bay of Plenty. His older brother Manu was first to reach this feat followed by Dinny Mohi."
The Tuwharetoa/Ngati Pikiao and Tuhourangi descendant passed away at the weekend surrounded by his whanau.
Maniapoto was the youngest of Hema and Mamaeroa Maniapoto's six children who grew up at Te Rangiita on the eastern shores of Lake Taupo.
"Jim was a staunch rugby man who wore his Whakarewarewa jersey, his Bay jersey and his Maori All Black jersey with great pride."
Maniapoto is survived by his wife Anne his two children and many mokopuna.