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Poroporoaki: Jim Maniapoto

Monday, June 17, 2019
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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.

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  1. Bruce Trask Bruce Trask Sorry to miss the funeral of a great mate and fellow rugby player. Our times spent both on and off the field all those years ago will always be remembered Jim. Having you and your brothers sing in our house one New Years Eve made me feel very honoured and proud. Love goes to Anne and your family. Wednesday, June 19, 2019
  2. Graeme Moore Graeme Moore Great Player. Great Teammate. Great Man.
    It was an honour and a privilege. Tuesday, June 25, 2019
  3. Ian Backhouse Ian Backhouse Have great memories of the time that I was in the BOP team with Jim from 1964/67 & especially the great singing on the bus with him during the 1965 tour of the South Island. Love goes to Anne & family. Ian Backhouse
    Tuesday, June 25, 2019

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