Farewell to a community kaumatua

ALL-EMBRACING: Koro Percy Reedy welcomes internationally renowned chef Michael van de Elzen with a hongi. Photo supplied.

He was hailed as a grandfather to the community – someone who was known for his generosity of spirit and all-embracing presence.

On Tuesday, March 21, Koro Percy Reedy passed away at the age of 75.

Mr Reedy worked in the role of kaumatua at Stand Children’s Services (formerly Pakuranga Health Camp) from 2009 and was a key member of staff during that time.

Stand is a charity that provides specialist home and school social services including therapeutic care and education to children aged five to 12.

The Stand leadership team said he is deeply missed by all the staff, children and community.

“He was known for his immaculate style, charm, charisma and exceptional musical talent,” a spokesperson for the leadership team said.

“One of his many gifts was his ability to transcend cultures and ages through waiata, manaakitanga and his cheeky humour.

“All this said, he was professional, respectful and committed to making a difference in the lives of the vulnerable children Stand works with.”

Mr Reedy was of Ngati Porou descent and was born on the East Cape at Waipiro Bay near Ruatoria, where a funeral service was held on March 24.

Throughout his life, Mr Reedy was highly involved with education, teaching in schools throughout the Hawkes Bay, Wellington and Auckland areas.

He also performed all across the world touring with cultural groups and had a rich history with kapa haka.

A commemorative service in honour of Mr Reedy will be held on April 13 at 11:30am at the Stand village site on Pigeon Mountain Road, Half Moon Bay.