Kuramihirangi meeting house, Te Rewarewa Marae, Ruatoki, Date unknown
Reference Number: 1/4-002747-F. Taken by an unidentified photographer. Date unknown. National Library of
Arnold Manaaki Wilson was born and died in the Year of the Dragon. He would say he had a good life, and he did, as great taniwha do. He iti na Tūhoe, e kata te po.
This is a summary of the early part of
’s story to give some indication of the extraordinary life he lived. Arnold was born 11 December 1928 and raised by an exceptional cast of whanau members. He was the youngest member in a family of five children. His mother was Taiha Ngakewhi Te Wakaunua and his father Fredrick George Wilson. His siblings were Te Waiarangi, Hoki, Fredrick and Thomas. Arnold
These are among my favourite memories and conversations I shared with
. He was a great storyteller, supporter and beloved uncle who always saw the positive in all things and all people. As an auspicious full moon watched over the tangi proceedings and followed the bereaved whanau back to Auckland I felt I was witness to ancestral wisdom through the saying, Kua tae koe ki Paerau te huinga o te kahurangi’ – You have arrived at the great meeting place of the ancestors. Arnold
 He iti na Tūhoe e kata te po - A few Tūhoe and the underworld laughs. This means a few Tūhoe are the equal of many from another tribe.
 He Tangata He Tangata, Tane Mahuta, Te Tu a Te Wahine etc
 A potaka is a spinning top either carved from totara or kauri, or fashioned from pinecones.