Hundreds have farewelled much loved former Miss New Zealand, district councillor, health board member, mother, grandmother and role model - Maureen Te Rangi Rere I Waho Waaka, nee Kingi.

Mrs Waaka was of Te Arawa/Ngati Whakaue and Tuwharetoa/Ngati Turumakina descent.

Mrs Waaka died at her home in Rotorua on Monday morning after suffering a stroke. She was 70 years old.