“Papā te whatitiri! Hikohiko te uira! Ka wāwāhia ki runga o Hikurangi maunga, o Waiwhetū kainga.
“Kua katohia e te ringa kaha o Aituā i tetahi pou whakarae o te reo Māori. Nō reira kei hea taku manu tui e tui? Taku kōmako e kō? Haere atu rā koe e te tupuna e Henrietta Maxwell ki ngā mātua tūpuna kua takahia atu rā i te ara whānui ki te pō. Ko ōu tapuwae ki runga tonu i te mata o te whenua. Ko ōu waiata e oro tonu ana ki roto i ngā Kohanga Reo me ngā ngākau o te tini puta noa.
“It is with great sadness we acknowledge the passing of Henrietta Maxwell. Her dedication and commitment to the Māori language was unwavering and her legacy will not be forgotten, says the Chairperson of Labour’s Maori Caucus Peeni Henare.
"Her work in establishing Te Kohanga Reo taught and continues to teach new generations the simplicity of te reo Māori. She was also a champion of Te Ataarangi and believed that it was never too late to learn te reo Māori.
"Nanny Henri is survived by her children- Hapi, Peter, Kimiora, Juan, Mina, Elizabeth, April-Dawn, Puke, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. We also extend our condolences to Te Kohanga Reo whānau.
“Nō reira haere ki te Pūtahitanga nui a Rehua, ki te huihuinga o te Kahurangi ki te oti atu. Moe mai rā.”