Syd Jackson Ahi Kaa

Maori activist Syd Jackson has been buried at his marae in Hawke’s Bay.

The 68-year-old died on Monday, after a three year battle with cancer.

Jackson will be remembered for the huge role he played in putting the Treaty of Waitangi onto the political agenda, and the resurrection of Te Reo.

Unionist and activist, Syd Jackson lead a full life, dedicated to putting the Treaty of Waitangi on the political agenda.

Jackson, of Ngati Kahungunu and Ngati Porou spent 17 years working for the Northern Clerical Workers' Union and also worked as the CEO of Turuki Health Care, some called him the face of Maori rights.

Today's service was based entirely around pre-Christian Maori rituals.

One of the many battles he fought was to make Te Reo a recognised language in this country.

Jackson rose to prominence in the early 70s, he protested at Waitangi Day commemorations and was arrested at the first anniversary of the Moutoa Gardens occupation.

But his controversial approach didn't always win him support.


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