Mere Broughton

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Broughton in 2015

Mary Mereiwa Broughton QSM, known as Mere Broughton (née Whakaruru, 1936/1937 – 31 January 2016), was a New Zealand Māori language activist and unionist.[1] She was born in Hastings, New Zealand.

In the 1970s and 1980s, she worked at Victoria University. She created Te Herenga Waka Marae with her husband, Te Huirangi Waikerepuru, and Wiremu Parker. At the university she became active in union affairs, in the Association of University Staff (now the TEU).[1] In 2010, she became the TEUs first lifetime member.[2] Broughton was on the Tekaumārua, the advisory board to the Māori King, Tuheitia Paki.[3] In 2014, she was part of the New Zealand delegation that sent off the canoes of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, Hōkūle'a and Hikianalia.

Broughton died on 31 January 2016 at her home in Waitara. She died from heart failure. She was aged 79.[4]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "Te Toi Ahurangi". TEU. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
  2. "Maori union leader to receive TEU life membership". Retrieved 4 February 2016.
  3. University of Waikato (31 March 2014). "Media Advisory March 31". Press release. http://www.waikato.ac.nz/news-events/advisories/2014/03media-advisory-march-31.shtml. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  4. "Mereiwa Broughton". Taranaki Daily News. Retrieved 4 February 2016. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |1= (help)