Prominent Maori leader Sir Graham Latimer will be farewelled at a funeral service this weekend.

Whanau and friends have started to gather in Pamapuria, south of Kaitaia, where Sir Graham's tangi is being held at Te Paatu Marae.

A final farewell service will be held there on Saturday morning.

In a notice in the Herald today, his family paid tribute to a "loved husband, father and father-in-law and loved papa to all his mokopuna."

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Sir Graham died on Tuesday following a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He was 90.