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Bereavements, Condolences, Tributes

Last update: July 24 2020

This is a free, moderated service for Cook Islanders or others to post bereavement notices, tributes or in memoriam notices. If sending a death notice for publication, it is essential to include an e-mail address to allow checking for authenticity, otherwise the notice will not be published. Messages may be subject to editing if adjudged too long. No messages will be published if received in capitals only or in lower case letters only. All messages need to be in English. Maori must be accompanied by an English translation. Messages containing overlong biblical passages will not be published. Postings will be kept until deemed no longer current (usually 30 days). E-mail postings to Death Notices, Tributes

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July 24
NGARUA, Puati. Passed away on Sunday morning July 19 at home in Auckland, New Zealand. Beloved wife of the late Papa Ta Ngarua. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Maanahima (Nai) and Beverley, Karoa Henry and Rua, Tereapii College and Makiroa, Mary and Okirua, Azela and Rauru, Jenny, Charlie and Tere, Memory and Josie, Topa and Mark, Rouru Vaine o Charlie and Vanessa, Sue and Daniel, Philadelphia and Maryanne, Mii, Puna and Natasha. Loved grandmother and great-grandmother of all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will be sadly missed by her only remaining sister Mama Tangi Upu and will be missed by the Ngarua, Koroa and extended families. Family service at Pacific Gospel Mission (PGM) 31 Anglesea St, Freeman's Bay on Wednesday July 29 at 6.30pm. Her body will then be returned to Rarotonga on Saturday August 1 to be laid to rest with her husband's body. Mama Puati's body will be returned to her home on Saturday morning where it will lie until its return to the Cook Islands. Should you require any further information please feel free to ring or text Mii on 0277007982.

July 16
MATAPUKU, Rourukeu Kika. Née Amaru. Passed away peacefully in her Porirua home, Wellington, New Zealand, surrounded by all her loved ones on July 15 2020. Known to many as Aunty Rouru. She loved her God, her family and life, all which she did very well. She was the loving wife of Rouruina (Tuaine) Matapuku and the heartbeat of her eight children and many grandchildren. In her honour, a final farewell service will be held on Saturday July 18 2020 at 9am, at the Cook Islands Christian Church on Mungavin Avenue, Porirua, before being laid to rest for the last time at the Whenua Tapu Burial Ground in Pukerua Bay, Porirua.

July 16
PEKEPO, Ngatamaine Piripaa. Beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, cousin and niece mostly known as Mama Toru Pekepo. Sunrise September 6 1932. Sunset July 16 2020, aged 87, in Auckland, New Zealand. She was beloved daughter of the late Teremate Tuamingi and Makingarokore Teuraa. Also the beloved wife of the late Maaratuakana (Kana) Pekepo. Mama's funeral arrangement Saturday July 18. Her body will be brought home to 194 Tennessee Ave, Mangere East, The asks that they keep this day for immediate family only. Sunday July 19 and Monday July 20. Friends and family are most welcome to say their farewells. Light refreshments. For any enquiries please contact Toru 0210497845. Family service and burial will be confirmed at a later date.

July 14
TUNUPOPO, Peter. AKA Metua/Ngatokorua. Sunrise March 18 1959, sunset July 13 2020. Aged 61 years. Passed away at home in Mangere, Auckland, New Zealand, surrounded by his family. A beloved son of Mama Fellesite Tunupopo and a son to Petuela Kora. A beloved husband of Uheine Tunupopo(née Tairi). A cherished father of Munokoa, Oswell, Dionn, Reison, Uwayne, Tunupopo, Aaron, Peterray and Amber. Much loved father-in-law. A loved brother to the late Munokoa Horn and the Late Vaakore, Teina, Tokoa, Kora, Mokoha, Tuakana-Maru, Enoka, Nitika and Apii. An adored grandfather, cousin, nephew, uncle and a friend to many in New Zealand, the Cook Islands and Australia. All funeral and burial dates are still to be confirmed. For more information please contact: Emily Tunupopo 021502672 Kaliza Tairi 0223178483.

July 12
RICHARD-MARSTERS, Edward. Father, grandfather and Papi, in Auckland, New Zealand. June 16 1939-July 9 2020. His body is at home at 9 Waipani Road Te Atatu Peninsula. All are welcome. For group booking please contact Eddy Dean Marsters 02108501247. Family service Tuesday July 14 2020 6pm. Funeral service Thursday July 16 2020 11am. Both services to be held at Seventh Day Adventist Church, 66 Mackelvie Street, Ponsonby, Auckland. Then to final resting place with his beloved wife in Mangere Cemetery, Auckland.

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Revised: July 24 2020
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