Ngāpuhi elder Kingi Taurua has died after a long battle with cancer.
The 80-year-old was a huge figure for the northern iwi, and for many years led Waitangi Day protests at Te Tii Marae.
Taurua had also been an advisor to government ministers, was a Vietnam War veteran and an award-winning broadcaster with Radio Waatea.
He led a small hikoi onto the Treaty Grounds' upper Te Whare Rūnanga marae this year. He said it was to send a message to the new Government to follow through on its promises.
It is understood his body will be brought to Te Tii Marae in Waitangi tomorrow.