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CARMEN RUPE (1936-2011)

Carmen Rupe with Mika
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Carmen Rupe passed away on 15 December. Carmen was our Mika Haka Foundation Kaumātua, our Aroha Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, our whāea, kuīni, patron and friend. She walked in front so others could follow. She paved the way for a more colourful, tolerant and inclusive New Zealand, where human rights for GLBT people would become the envy of the modern world.

Haere atu rā e whāea, moe moe moemoeā, arohanui ki a koe, e ngā wa katoa.