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Bereavements, Condolences, Tributes

Last update: March 3 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publication, it is essential to include an e-mail address to allow checking for authenticity, otherwise the notice will not be published.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 Messages containing overlong biblical passages will not be published. Postings will be kept until deemed no longer current (usually 30 days).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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March 3 2015
MEHAU, Teremoana Vaine. Née Tiputoa. In Auckland, New Zealand. Daughter of the late Papa Tiputoa Taio and the late Mama Tuainekore Tiputoa Taio (née Mamanu). Aunty Vaine's body is at 78 Wymondley Road, Otara, Manukau 2023. Family service Sunday March 8 2015 at 6pm at Manihiki Hall, 42 Lovegrove Cres, Otara. Funeral service at above venue Monday March 9 2015 11am. Her body will be laid to rest with her husband Puapii Amosa Peter Mehau at the Mangere Lawn Cemetery and Crematorium, 85 McKenzie Road, Mangere. For all further enquiries (021) 1302427 or (09) 2767014.

February 27 2015
JOSEPH, Teinakore. Teinakore passed away peacefully on Thursday February 26 2015, surrounded by family, at her daughter's home in Mt Albert, Auckland, New Zealand. Daughter of Benioni Tama Parei and Ngametua (née Meti Taria). Mother of Deborah, Patricia, Teremoana and Bill, Shalene, and Daniel. Loved by all her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews and friends. Family service at Seventh Day Adventist Church, 66 MacKelvie Street, Grey Lynn, on Monday March 2 at 7pm

February 25 2015
HOSKING, Nooroa Douglas.February 11 1938 - February 23 2015. Peacefully at Wellington Hospital, Wellington, New Zealand, after a long illness. Loved husband of Kathleen Hosking. Much love Dad and Papa of all his whanau. Funeral service at Freedom House Church, 174 Bedford Street, Cannons Creek, Porirua, Friday February 27 at 11am followed by burial at Whenua Tapu cemetery. Light refreshments will be served at Freedom House Church, Cannons Creek afterwards.

February 24 2015
TONGATAMA, Willie Tonga. Aged 61. Passed away peacefully on Friday February 20 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand. Dearly loved son of Atinai, Sinai and Viliamu Tongatama. Loved and cherished by his wife Teetu Teri Maireroa and children Leon and Lusia, Clifton and Mere, William and Rana, Richmond and Louise-Kayla. Dearly beloved brother of Les and Karen, Rangi and Sharon, Silena and Mike, Elsie and Sam, Gwen and Dion, Milly and the late Vincent. Family Service at his residence, 649 Great South Road Otahuhu, on Thursday February 26 2015 at 7pm. Funeral service at the Mangere PIC, Buckland Road Mangere, on Friday February 27 2015 at 11am. Communications to Teri: 02102309403, Mere: 0212115224.

February 24 2015
MILLWARD, Hirani (Hilda). Peacefully at Rarotonga Hospital on February 20 2015. Dearly loved wife to Bill. Much loved mother of Tania, Ara and Lee, Adam and Aaron, and loved Nan to Rangihiroa, Tamati, Nui, Letina, and James; Awhireinga, Raumanea; Ash and Devon. A service for Hirani will be held at the Mangakino Gospel Chapel, Karamu Street, Mangakino, New Zealand, on Saturday February 28 2015 at 1pm followed by private cremation.

February 23 2015
PERE, Ioane. On February 21 2015 as the result of an accident in Tokoroa, New Zealand. A loved father and father-in-law of Maao-tino and Marissa, Tekura and Josh, Teremona and Pauline. Loved grandfather and great-grandfather of all his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A loved brother, uncle, nephew and a friend to many. Family service at the PIPC Church, Cnr Maraetai rd and Kelso Street, Tokoroa on Friday February 27 2015 at 5pm. Funeral service at the above church on Saturday February 28 2015 at 11am followed by burial at the Tokoroa Lawn Cemetery. All communications to Tereapii on 021577240 or Poa on 0211072557.

February 20 2015
TEREMOANA TAMUERA, Moana-Kai-Kura Josephine. Passed away Wednesday February 18 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand. Loving partner of Tevita (Dee) To'a. Devoted mother of Adriel Tateana and Charles - James (C.J). Beloved daughter of Akaauariki, Harry and Nga Tutai Ruatita and Utariki and Maraeara. Cherished sister of Teremoana, Trevor, Moeroa, Moutoa and Ngatungane. Family service at PIPC, Newton, Tuesday February 24 at 7pm. Funeral service at same venue 11am Wednesday February 25. Communications to 54A Maybury St Glen Innes. Phone 09 5706569 or 0272332270.

February 19 2015
RIMA RAA, Terii Taomihau. Born November 5 1935. Rested February 17 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand. Eldest son of Rima (Paia'a) and Maui Raa (née Mehao). Honey Bee to Marion Rima (née Cowan). Brother to Tapita and Teokotai, Areai and Vaine and Brian Hooper. The Ioane and Turoa family, Ropu and Ratumu family. Also husband of the late Margaret (née Vakatini). Great Dad to 13, Grandpa to 39 and Great-Grandpa to 38. Cherished by all who knew him. His body is currently lying at 7 Sandbrook Avenue, Otara. Phone (09) 274 8238. Family service at the Otara PIPC, Ferguson Road, Otara on Tuesday February 24 2015 at 7pm. Funeral Service at the same church on Wednesday February 25 2015 at 11am followed by burial at the Manukau Memorial Gardens Cemetery Papatoetoe. All communications to Josie on 0211261953.

February 18 2015
PAOO, Metua Tangikore. Husband of the late Tangi Kairangi Mamatata Tini Paoo. Passed away peacefully at home in Auckland, New Zealand on Sunday February 15 2015. Tangikore's body will be lying at 55 Whitley Crescent, Otara. Family service at the Otara PIPC on Sunday February 23 2015 at pm. Funeral service will be also held at the above Church on Monday February 24 2015 at 11am, followed by burial at the Mangere Lawn Cemetery, Mangere. Communications to John Paoo 2758531 or son Henry Paoo 0211826406.

February 15 2015
KIMI, Bill (Billy). Passed away suddenly on Sunday February 15 2015 at Auckland City Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand. Bill's body will be lying at 32 Jordan Road Mangere. Family service at the Church of Nazarene, 1 Killington Crescent, Mangere on Thursday February 19 2015 at 7pm. Funeral service at the above church on Friday February 20 2015 at 11am followed by burial at the Manukau Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Puhinui Road, Papatoetoe. Communications to Kapiri on (09) 275 8411 or 02040204204.

February 15 2015
IOANE, Kete. The Ioane Taua family and Ngatokoa Tuao family announce with heavy hearts the passing of a beloved son, husband, father, brother and grandfather, Kete Ioane, on February 13 2015 at Middlemore Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand. Family service at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 15 Birmingham Road, Otara on Tuesday February 17 2015 at 7pm, with light refreshments to follow. His body will return to Aitutaki later that week where he will be laid to rest (to be confirmed and announced at the family service). For further information you can contact Tara Ioane Rongo on 02102461094 or Taua Ioane 02102552460.

February 13 2015
METI, Teremoana David. (Raz) Born November 24 1961. Passed away on February 9 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand. Beloved husband of Phyl and cherished father of Phillis sadly passed away with his loving family by his side after a short illness. Our big man with a heart of gold. Dad's body is lying at 27 Pah Road, Epsom, Auckland. On Saturday February 14 at 3pm we will be taking dad to Okahu Bay, one of his favourite places for a Waka paddler's salute. Then to our family church service at the PIC Church on Edinburgh Street in Newton at 6pm which is open to all. Our family will be taking dad's body to Rarotonga on Monday where he will be laid to rest in Arorangi. For all enquiries contact Aunty Dawn on 021 912194.

February 12 2015
MAKA KEA, Teani Ngaire (Narii). Aged 74, peacefully passed away on the morning of Tuesday February 10 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand. Dearly loved daughter of Papa Vainerere Tangata Poto and her many extended family. Survived by her husband Karo Maka Kea, nine children, 19 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and her many feeding children. Funeral service on Saturday February 14 2015 at 11am in the chapel of the Manukau Memorial Gardens, 361 Puhinui Rd, Papatoetoe, followed by burial in Manukau Memorial Gardens. Afterwards reception at 72 Raglan Street, Mangere East. All communications to 09 257 5801 or Tina 022 1089543 or Tui 021 1135 4520.

February 11 2015
UPU, Tearoa. We sadly announce the passing away of Tearoa Upu in Auckland, New Zealand. Cherished husband of Tangi Upu (née Koroa), beloved Dad and 'Papa' of all his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Treasured son of the late Ngaa and Nellie Upu. Will be sadly missed by his brothers and sisters, their children and the families. His body will be at his home at 27 Dairy Road, Otara. Family service Monday February 16 2015 6pm at the Cook Islands Seventh Day Adventist Church, 15 Birmingham Road, East Tamaki. Funeral service at the same venue on Tuesday February 17 2015 at 11am. After this service we proceed to Manukau Memorial Gardens for his Burial Committal Service. All communications to Purekau Anguna on 022-631-5094 or our Church Pastor Paora Teaukura on 021-990-648.

February 10 2015
UNE, Ngametua. AKA A'pe. Passed away peacefully on Monday February 2 2015 at his home in Makatea, Mauke. Father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, cousin and friend. Family service Saturday February 14 2015 at 4 Angus Streert, Otara, Auckland, New Zealand, at 6pm. For further information please contact: Kovi Une on (09) 274 6958 or (021) 086 76058 Toka Une on (021) 146 7549.

February 3 2015
KAURI, Taoro. We the nephews, nieces, mokopunas and inas of the late Taoro Kauri wish to announce the passing away on February 3 of our dearly loved uncle, papa and vouvou on the island of Mitiaro. We will all miss him. he is the last child of the late Kauri and Peia to go in to the garden of our heavenly father and our last metua to go. Rest in peace Papa Titani from all the Kauri family in Australia, New Zealand, Rarotonga and Mitiaro.

February 2 2015
PUROKU, Tarava-Arangi. Née Hagai (Mama Arakino). Passed away peacefully at her daughter's residence in Nelson, New Zealand, on January 28 2015 aged 83. Much loved wife of the late Taia Puroku. Adored Mum and mother-in-law of Twoboys and Teremoana, the late Tereapii, Poanere and Maria, Tapita and Desmond, Pitia and Henry, Ietita and Karakia, Teokotai and Phillip, and Repaio. Treasured grandmother of 39 grandchildren and 47 great-grandchildren. Family service at the Manihiki Hall 32 Lovegrove Crescent, Otara, Auckland, Monday February 2 2015 at 7pm and funeral service will be Tuesday February 3 11am at the CCIS East Tamaki Church, 50 Dawson Road, Otara. Any queries contact Tapita Ching ph: (09) 274-4255 mob: 027-255-3013.

January 30 2015
COOPER, Rex Seth (Rex). New Zealand. Rex's ashes are going to Rarotonga on February 2 2015 for a memorial service to be held at the Puaikura Fire Station, Rarotonga, on February 4 2015, at the same time that his ashes will be laid to rest. Any communications to Cynthia Cooper 0274 802230.

January 28 2015
TETEVANO, Tony. Peacefully at Waikato Hospital, Hamilton, New Zealand on Tuesday January 27 2015 surrounded by his loving family. Aged 41. Loving youngest son of William and Aerenga Tetevano. Much loved father of Zane, Isaiah, Ezekiel and Alexis. Adored granddad of Kamaia-Grace and Lineira. A loved brother and brother-in-law of Moeroa and Rima, William Jnr, Urirau, Katapu, Teokotai, Piri and Ua. Loving uncle to all his nieces and nephews. Family service at St Luke's Pacific Islands Church, Cnr Kelso Street and Maraetai Road, Tokoroa on Sunday February 1 2015 at 6pm. Funeral service at the above church on Monday February 2 2015 at 11am followed by interment at Tokoroa Lawn Cemetery, Tokoroa.

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