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Bereavements, Condolences, Tributes

Last update: August 15 2019

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publication, it is essential to include an e-mail address to allow checking for authenticity, otherwise the notice will not be published.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 Messages containing overlong biblical passages will not be published. Postings will be kept until deemed no longer current (usually 30 days).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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August 15
VAIPO, Ngatokorima Julian. Affectionately known to many as Rima or Rem, passed away suddenly on Tuesday morning August 13 2019 at Middlemore Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand. Loving on of the late Julian and Uaongo Vaipo. Funeral on Wednesday August 22 11am at the Mangere Cemetery Chapel. Rima's body is currently lying at the residence of his aunty and uncle Kereni and Tuua Vaipo in Clendon. Visitors are most welcome to visit. Please ring or text the following number for further information. Eva Vaipo-William 0274540398.

August 13
MARII, Tereroa. Beloved daughter, grandmother, mother, sister, aunty and friend Tereroa Miri Marii passed away peacefully on August 10 2019 in Auckland, New Zealand. Daughter of Papa Orometua Marii Tautu and the late Mama Orometua Maeu Marii. Her body is at 41 Comet Crescent, Mangere. Family service Monday August 19 at 6pm 17 Laureston Avenue, Papatoetoe. Funeral service Tuesday August 20 2019 11am 17 Laureston Avenue, Papatoetoe. For more information contact Teinakore Karena (sister) Mobile: 0211486483 Homeline: 09 2572723.

August 10
GIBBONS, Arnold. Cherished father. Passed away in Auckland, New Zealand. A loving husband to Tarai (now gone for 16 years). A well loved brother to his siblings. Lovingly called Papa by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Childhood friends knew him as Uncle Arnold. His funeral and church service will be at the Manukau Memorial Gardens on Tuesday August 13 at 12.30pm followed by a light supper at the reception room of the Memorial Gardens. Feel free to join us as we bid him farewell on his next journey. His body will be buried in the same plot as his beautiful wife in Area G, row K, plot 48.

August 6
TARUE, Teinakore. Beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and brother Papa Teinakore Kimi Tarue otherwise known as 'Papa Punk' peacefully passed away surrounded by his wife Mama Nga Kimi Tarue and family at his residence in Mangere, Auckland, New Zealand. Sunrise March 15 1929 sunset Tuesday August 6 2019. Papa Teina's body will be at home for family and friends to pay their respects from Thursday midday onwards at his home at 32 Jordan Road, Mangere. The family asks that there be no visitors to the house until Thursday midday. Family service Sunday August 11 2019 at Church of the Nazerene, Mangere, 6pm. Light refreshments only. Funeral service Monday August 12 at Church of the Nazerene. Burial at Manukau Memorial Gardens. All communications to Family Secretary Riccardo Kimi Tarue 0224317579 Comfort Service Bookings Naydiene Kimi Tarue 0223283270.

July 27
TAIREA, Sgt T. Sgt T. Tairea (Padre) WO2, 1 RNZIR, 40420, Victor 4 Company 4th Dan International Tae Kwon Do Instructor passed away at 13.20 hours on July 26 at Wellington Hospital, Wellington, New Zealand. He was the beloved son of the late Auru-Enua-o-Avaiki Tairea and Nioputa Metuangaro Tairea. Loved husband of Teremoana Tairea. Cherished brother of (d) Vaine (Big Man), Makatea (Maka),Tinokura (Ti), (d) John, Rourukeu (Vouvou), Rev. Maara, Tangatakerekere (Blackie), Metuavaine (Tua), Vaipunu (Wai), Ngatungane (Nane), Ngatokoa (Tokoa), Teuratemearii (Ben) and Ngatuaine. Adored father of Schofield (William), James and Lenior. Feeding father to Apiianga (Nane), Melissa and Cathy. Adored grandfather, great-grandfather, papa, brother-in-law, cousin, uncle, serviceman, teacher and friend. Padre's body will be lying in state at Maraeroa Marae, 216 Warspite Avenue, Waitangirua from Monday afternoon July 29 2019. Family service Wednesday July 31, Maraeroa Marae 6pm. Funeral service Thursday August 1, 9 Mungavin Avenue, Cook Islands Christian Church in New Zealand 11am. Everyone is more than welcome to pay their respects. We ask that for enquiries or groups coming please contact Georgina (Teura) on 02102674844 for a suitable time to allow the opportunity for one another to pay their respects accordingly. Maraeroa marae is also available for those travelling from afar needing accommodation.

July 19
MATAIO, Vainetutai. Beloved sister, mother, aunty and partner passed away at her residence in South Auckland, New Zealand in the early hours of Tuesday July 16. She was the daughter of the late Mr and Mrs Joe and Ariela Mataio, the granddaughter of the late Papa Mataio (Aitutaki) and Mama Pativai (Ruatonga) and the late Papa Ngatae Takapi and Mama Metuakore (Mangaia). Personal viewing and visiting time is strictly by appointment only to be made with prior to the family and funeral service. Family service Tuesday 23rd July 23 2019 6pm South Auckland Funeral Services Chapel, 553 Great South Road, Otahuhu. Funeral service Wednesday July 24 2019 10am South Auckland Funeral Services Chapel, 553 Great South Road, Otahuhu. Burial procession to follow after the funeral service at the Mangere Lawn Cemetery’s new subdivision the “Kirkbride Road Cemetery” in Mangere, South Auckland.For more details and information please make contact with Tairi Mataio (brother) and Chairman Mataio Kopu on 021 025 80346.

July 13
PAREANGA, Materua. Passed away at Middlemore Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand, aged 70, on Friday July 12 2019. He was the son of the late Teokotai and the late Maara Pareanga of Matavera, Rarotonga. A service to remember him will be held at St Therese Parish, 10 Wickman Way, Mangere East on Friday July 19 2019 at 1pm. Refreshments will be served after the service. For further information please contact Apii Tuaeu on 021669941.

July 13
MARSTERS, Tommy Tommy Junior Tuakana Abraham Glassie Marsters passed away in Auckland, New Zealand on Tuesday July 9 2019 at the age of six months. He was the beloved and cherished son of Thomas Junior Marsters and Destiney Strickland. Family service Sunday July 14 at 7pm at Mangere Church of the Nazarene 1 Killington Crescent, Mangere. Funeral service Monday July 15 at11am at Mangere Church of the Nazarene 1 Killington Crescent, Mangere. For more information please contact Pare: 0224997044 Pauline Marsters: 092751722 02108221455.

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Revised: August 15 2019