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Supplied Talei Morrison, a cervical cancer sufferer sparked a campaign to make sure no one goes through what she went through.

A funeral for Smear Your Mea founder?Talei?Morrison will be held on Wednesday in Rotorua.

Morrison, who was also a kapa haka star, lost her very public battle with cervical cancer at 10.30am on Saturday, in a Hamilton hospice facility.[…]

Morrison?was 42?when she was diagnosed with stage four cervical cancer in August last year.

Morrison spoke earlier this year about the Smear Your Mea campaign she initiated, urging women to go for the commonly dreaded smear test.

“Mea in?M?ori?means thing, the thing that we’re talking about is obviously female genitalia. So we’re telling women to Smear Your Mea. And it’s catchy.”

Regular smears can reduce the risk of cervical cancer by 90?per cent, according to the Ministry of Health.[…]

Flavell said he hoped?people would?continue to?honour Morrison’s?legacy of making young people aware of cervical cancer and making sure women had?regular smear tests.

“She had such a strong following – with people knowing her through kapa haka, or they had followed her journey on social media.

“Her dedication to talking to people and sharing her journey inspired people …?to raise the awareness of cervical cancer.

“There are a number of awareness days that people got behind because of?Morrison’s?message, including bike rides and also concerts, which at this stage will still go ahead.”[…]

“Talei’s?extraordinary service to her people is a testament to who she was, and her?wh?nau,?hap??and?iwi will be incredibly proud.[…]