Dame Miraka Szaszy (Petricevich) (1921 - 2001)

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Birthplace: Te Tiriki, Northland, New Zealand
Death: Died in Kaitaia, New Zealand
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About Dame Miraka Szaszy (Petricevich)

Please refer to Mira's story P166 in the book Tarara by Senka Bozic -Vrbancic. Mira grew up through times of great poverty. Mira started school when she was eight. Obliged to look after her brother, she could not go to school until her brother was six and they started together. Mira did very well at school and was picked to go to School in Auckland. In 1944, she received her Teachers Certificate and 1946, graduated wit a BA from Auckland University. She was one of the first maori women to gain a university degree. In the late 1960's, Mira worked as a Maori Welfare Officer in Auckland and soon became aware of poverty and plight of maori women. In 1969, she was on 22 different organisations for bettering the lot of maori.In 1990 she was awarded a DBE and the title of Dame.

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Dame Miraka Szaszy's Timeline

August 6, 1921
Te Tiriki, Northland, New Zealand
Age 34
New Zealand
December 20, 2001
Age 80
Kaitaia, New Zealand
New Zealand