15 Feb 2012

Maire Joyce Taumaunu has died

7:10 pm on 15 February 2012

The wife of a cultural advisor for the film, Whale Rider, who was also the mother of a Youth Court Judge and the country's head netball coach, has died.

Maire Joyce Taumaunu died on Sunday at her home in Whangara on the east coast of the North Island.

A funeral service was held for her on Wednesday morning at Patoromu Church.

She is survived by her husband, Hone Taumaunu, and their children - including, Silver Fern coach Waimarama Taumaunu and Judge Hemi Taumaunu, a driving force in setting up Rangatahi Courts.