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Bereavements, Condolences, Tributes

Last update: May 22 2015

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publication, it is essential to include an e-mail address to allow checking for authenticity, otherwise the notice will not be published.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 Messages containing overlong biblical passages will not be published. Postings will be kept until deemed no longer current (usually 30 days).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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May 22 2015
NGAUORA, Okimeitaki (Sam). Rotorua, New Zealand. Darling husband of Matewai (deceased) and Tere. Loving father of Brendon and Janine, Tamarua (deceased), Rata, Mahara and Trez. Papa to all his mokopuna and wider whanau. Service will be held at 11am, Monday May 25, 2015 at the Cook Islands Hall, 101 Clayton Road, followed by burial at Rotorua Cemetery, Sala Street.

May 22 2015
TUAINEITI, Mary Peia. Peacefully on Friday May 22 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand, aged 51. Dearly loved Mama of Brian. Much loved sister of Mata, Vaine, Tuaine, Marion, Tungane, William and their families. Mary's body will be lying at the Papakura Marae. 29 Hunua Road, Red Hill, Papakura until her funeral on Monday May 25 at 11am, followed by burial at Gatland Road Cemetery, Papakura at 2pm.

May 21 2015
KOROA, Aranui. Passed away peacefully on May 18 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand. Will be sadly missed by all her family. Family service on Monday May 25 2015 at 6pm at the PIPC Edinburgh Street Newton. Funeral service in the above church at 11am on Tuesday May 26 2015 followed by interment at Manukau Memorial Gardens, 361 Puhinui Road, Papatoetoe. Communications to Rouru 027-3599536.

May 20 2015
LAMBERT, Thomas William. Affectionally known as Terry Lambert/Papa Terry passed away on Wednesday morning May 13 2015 at home in Muri, Ngatangiia. Family service was held at home on Friday May 15 at 6pm and funeral service at Ngatangiia CICC at 9am on Saturday May 16. Inquiries: contact home on 20275.

May 10 2015
KIIKORO, Eikura. AKA Kura. Passed away suddenly on Wednesday May 6 2015 in Porirua, New Zealand. Beloved daughter of Kiikoro and Numia of Arutanga, Aitutaki, both deceased. Much loved sister of Te Kapua (dec) Iete (dec), Terangi (dec), Manakaa and Tamakeu (dec). Loving mother of Mark No 1 (dec) Terangi (dec) Delena, Mark No 2 (dec) and Susan. Joys of her life were grandchildren Iete (Rarotonga) Mihi, Gregory, Davis, Jessie and great-grandchildren Kiikoroa, Ray, Tikal, Sapphire, Iraia, Pania and Terangi. Family service Monday May 11 in the EKKA church, McKillop St, Porirua East at 6pm. Funeral service Tuesday May 12 in the Wheeler's Guardian funeral home chapel, Auty Lane, Porirua at 10am followed by private cremation.

May 7 2015
TANGIITI, Teremoana Pera. Aunty Pepe/Mama Tere. Passed away May 5 2015 surrounded by her family. No words can express the pain and shock that we are all feeling, still trying to come to terms with aunty's sudden departure. We will have a family service in memory of our Aunty's life and journey thus far on Monday May 11 2015 at 6pm PIC Church, Ferguson Road, Otara, Auckland, New Zealand. Contact Pange Vaa - 09 521 0556 or 021 0259 9791 or Taimataora Taimataora - 09 263 0308

May 7 2015
MITCHELL NGAWAKA, Moeroa. Norman Mitchell Ngawaka Tamatoa and family regret to advise the passing of his dear wife on May 3 2015 at Rarotonga hospital. Mother to Nia, Paemotu, Daniel, Harry, Ephraim, Miha, Parore, Teaea, Terry and Taitua. Mother-in-law, grandmother to 68 grandchildren and great-greatgrandmother to 29 great-grandchildren. Her funeral service will be held at 10am Friday May 8 at the Church of Latter Day Saints, Avarua, followed by burial at Tauirariki Marae, Tupapa. Light refreshments after at the LDS church Avarua. For more information contact Daniel 74133 or Helena 55048.

May 6 2015
BROWNE, Emily Teputiki Toni Frances. Peacefully passed away on Monday May 4 2015 at Middlemore Hospital in Auckland, New Zealand, aged 62. She was the daughter of the late Mani Browne and Rake Kainuku Browne, survived by her siblings, Jancey, Doris, Pauline, Noeline, Diane and Carlton. Family service Wednesday May 6 at the Manukau Memorial Gardens, Puhunui Rd, Manukau at 6pm. Her ashes will then be taken to Rarotonga to rest with her loved ones. All enquiries to Trish or Diane on 0274721126.

May 5 2015
TOA TEMARAMA, Te Vaine-Moe-pae-tai Rosina. The Toa Temarama family sadly announces the passing away of Aunty Moe at the Radius Waipuna Hospital Resthome, Mt Wellington, Auckland, New Zealand on May 5 2015 Dearly loved mother of Robert, Vaieturangi and Mamia. Much loved Mama of all her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Her body will be at John and Rua Toa's home at 23 Benton Place, Manurewa, Auckland. Family service at 6pm Thursday May 6 at St Paul's Presbyterian Church, 223 Weymouth Road, Manurewa. Her body will be returned to Rarotonga for her final resting on Saturday May 9 at 9.45am. E moe ra e to matou Metua vaine.

May 2 2015
TAPUA, Maui Purua. TAPUA, Maui Purua (Papa Momo). Sunrise May 12 (Mothers Day) 1944 - sunset May 1 2015 in Tokoroa, New Zealand. Loving son of the late Papa Tapua and Mama Tangi. (Ngaterongo of Aitutaki). Biological son of Papa Vaevae Purua and Mama Arii. Loving brother of Teina, Kairangi, Mose (deceased), Kura, Tereapii, Teatanua,. Papa Tau, Arii and Manuetini. Loving Papa of Raela (Labour) and John Taramai, Ruita (Louisa) and Tangi Tangimetua Paio, Tumu Teao Tearoa, and Tekura Teao. Loving "Papa Papa" of Strickland and Petra, Boss and Sheree, Judith (Pumbi) and many more throughout New Zealand, Australia and the Cook Islands. Family service at St Luke's Pacific Islands, Church Cnr Kelso Street and Maraetai Road Tokoroa on Wednesday May 4 at 5pm with the funeral service on Tuesday May 5 at 11am followed by burial at Tokoroa Lawn Cemetery. All communications to Papa Tau 0221080629 or Labour 0211217123.

May 2 2015
GIFFORD, Frances. Havelock North, New Zealand. Beloved daughter of Reuera (Vera) Kavana (deceased) and Captain Leonard Gifford (deceased). Born on June 6 1944 on Aitutaki. She is survived and dearly loved by her five children Leonard Gifford, Charles Teariki, Antony Gifford, Lisa Ezekiela (née Gifford) and Ngatokoa (Nana) Gifford. Much loved mother-in-law of Iro, Jin, Mark, Kallum, Paulette, Pauline and Johanna. She was the much-loved and adored grandmother of 20 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She passed away at the Hawke's Bay Regional Hospital Intensive Care Unit on May 1 2015 at 8pm. She will be sadly missed by all but her legacy will live on forever with her family. Mum's body will lie at her home 7 Tasman Street, Havelock North. Funeral details to follow or contact 06 8775031 (home), Ngatokoa 021 0598023 or Lisa 027 4051429.

May 1 2015
STACE-VAEA, Louisa. Of Wellington, New Zealand. Formerly of Muri-Ngatangiia, Rarotonga. Peacefully at Wellington Hospital on Tuesday April 28 after a short illness. Dearly loved mother of Ina, John, Victoria and late son Robert. Beloved sister, aunty and Michael. Cherished nana of Lance, Jordyn, Sally, Indie and Roman, and good-hearted friend. A private service at Wheeler's Guardian Funeral Home Private Chapel, 6 Norrie Street, Porirua, on Friday May 1 at 6pm. Messages to the Stace Family, 23B/10 Ebor Street, Wellington. Her body will be returned to Rarotonga.

April 30 2015
TUARIKI, Ngamata. Née Tomokino. On April 30 2015 suddenly at Christchurch Public Hospital, Christchurch, New Zealand, aged 45. Much loved and cherished wife of Philip. Dearly loved mum of her six children and loved Mama of her five grandchildren. Loved daugher of Tii Taumaa. Messages to 28 Medina Crescent, Parklands, Christchurch 8083. Online tributes to Funeral service for Ngamata at her home 28 Medina Crescent Saturday May 2 at 10.30am followed by interment in the Memorial park cemetery.

April 29 2015
TOM, Ngatuaine Tutai. November 8 1949 - 27 April 27 2015. Passed away peacefully at Middlemore Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand, surrounded by his family. Loving husband of Maraiti Raukete Tom, beloved dad and father-in-law of Akateni, Kimi, Ricky, Helen, Paul, Ann-Marie and Georgina. Treasured grandad of Norton, Paul Jnr (deceased), Sean, Kelly, Jessica, Cameron, Daina, Jamie, Ricky Jnr, Hunter, Charlie, Erica, Forrest, Summer-Grace. Great-grandad to Harmoni, Choruz, Lyrik, Lusio and Maia. A service will be held on Friday May 111am at PIPC Church, Buckland Road, Mangere, followed by interment at Mangere Lawn Cemetery. All communications to Daina 021-619-730 or 09-256-9018.

April 28 2015
TUAKANA, Vaopaaki. On April 29 2015, peacefully at Victoria Place Resthome, Tokoroa, New Zealand. A loving uncle, brother and friend to many. A service for Vao will be held on Friday May 1 2015 at South Waikato Funeral Services Chapel, Commerce Street, Tokoroa at 10am followed by burial at the Tokoroa Cemetery.

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Revised: May 22 2015