who has died, aged 62
Te Tai Tokerau is mourning a man who spent decades lifting others out of poverty, homelessness, addiction and imprisonment.
Kaitāia's He Korowai Trust chief executive Ricky Houghton (Te Paatu, Ngāti Kahu, Ngāti Whatua) died early yesterday morning, aged 62, after battling illness.
He devoted his life to helping others - fighting to house dozens of families in upcycled state houses, fighting to stop families losing their homes to mortgagee sales, campaigning to lift the number of Māori wardens instead of police, helping men with addiction and violence problems stop, rallying support for a Māori-owned bank, and establishing a Māori trade training scheme.
Link to article: Tributes flow for Tai Tokerau's Ricky Houghton who has died, aged 62 - NZ Herald